Naked Capitalism has the article North Korea: How Obama Regime Change Policy Created the Crisis Trump Has Inherited.
The agreement, which froze North Korea’s nuclear program for 12 years, held for several years. But in 2002, the Bush administration accused the DPRK—falsely it turned out—of building a secret uranium program as a second route to a bomb and tore up the framework.
Well, I am not sure how false the accusation was. Compare this to the interview in a previous post on this blog, Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat – But Many People Benefit by Saying It Is. Wilkerson claims that when the North Koreans were presented CIA evidence of their renewed nuclear efforts, they readily admitted it. However, what they were doing was not a violation of the agreement made with the Clinton administration.
Whichever one of these stories you choose to believe, the rest of this current article I am discussing provides lots of details I was not aware of.
It’s difficult to overstate how reactionary Obama’s policies became. In contrast to Bush, and even Trump, Obama flatly rejected the idea of negotiating with the North without a prior commitment to denuclearization. He also expressed no interest in the DPRK’s offer to sign a peace agreement. More disturbingly, he was the first president in history to refer to the Korean War, which has been universally recognized as a bloody stalemate, as a “victory.” In doing so, Obama revived a right-wing trope that was first used in the 1950s and resurrected during the Bush years by David Frum and other neocons. So from the onset, Obama caused America’s policy toward Korea to take a sharp right turn.
Given conflicting reports of what is going on, it is hard to know whom to believe, and how much of what they say can be believed.