Senate Democrats

FACT CHECK: A Tony Snow-Job on North Korea

Today, Tony Snow Repudiated the Clinton North Korea Policy He Characterized as Bringing “Flowers and Chocolates” to Pyongyang.  “This is not the Clinton Administration policy. I understand what the Clinton Administration wanted to do. They wanted to talk reason to the government of Pyongyang, and they engaged in bilateral conversations. And Bill Richardson went with flowers and chocolates and he went with light water nuclear reactors, and he went with promises of heavy oil and a basketball signed by Michael Jordan, and many other inducements for the Dear Leader to try to agree not to develop nuclear weapons, and it failed.  But there was at least a good faith effort on the part of some very smart people to use that as an approach. We’ve learned from that mistake. One reason not to go bilateral with the North Koreans is what we’re seeing right now, which is that you need to have concerted pressure especially from those who are very close ties with the government of North Korea so you can get results. So this is not a continuation of the Clinton program.”  [White House Press Conference, 7/10/06]

      FACT:  Under Bush’s Watch, North Korea Has Increased its Stockpiles of Plutonium – Under Clinton, No Plutonium Was Produced.  A study by the National Security Advisory Group drew upon the analysis of the Group’s chairman, former Defense Secretary Bill Perry, and more than a dozen national security experts including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former Assistant Secretaries of Defense Ash Carter, Graham Allison, Michele Flournoy, and found that the amount of plutonium produced by North Korea under the last three presidents to have been: