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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:20 AM
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Rumsfeld was involved in the nuclear reactor deal for N. Korea
Edited on Wed Oct-11-06 08:22 AM by Godlesscommieprevert
Friday May 9th 2003

"Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration.

The reactor deal was part of President Bill Clinton's policy of persuading the North Korean regime to positively engage with the west.

Just months after Mr Rumsfeld took office, President George Bush ended the policy of engagement and negotiation pursued by Mr Clinton, saying he did not trust North Korea, and pulled the plug on diplomacy. Pyongyang warned that it would respond by building nuclear missiles. A review of American policy was announced and the bilateral confidence building steps, key to Mr Clinton's policy of detente, halted.

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The Clinton package sought to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula by offering supplies of oil and new light water nuclear reactors in return for access by inspectors to Pyongyang's atomic facilities and a dismantling of its heavy water reactors which produce weapons grade plutonium. Light water reactors are known as "proliferation-resistant" but, in the words of one expert, they are not "proliferation-proof".

much more here from a real news source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/korea/article/0,2763,952289,0...
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:22 AM
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1. Bingo!!!! He also shook Saddam's hand in some Iraq deal during
...the 1980s too, right?
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:24 AM
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2. You mean here?
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:25 AM
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3. N. Korea in 2001 or 2002 quit talks w/ us we build bomb
"Just months after Mr Rumsfeld took office, President George Bush ended the policy of engagement
and negotiation pursued by Mr Clinton, saying he did not trust North Korea, and pulled the plug
on diplomacy. Pyongyang warned that it would respond by building nuclear missiles. A review of
American policy was announced and the bilateral confidence building steps, key to Mr Clinton's
policy of detente, halted.

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If we had just kept up the talks w/ N. Korea they would have no bombs
and inspectors would still be in the country.
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:29 AM
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4. But it's all Clinton's fault
Didn't you get the memo?
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mnmoderatedem Donating Member (599 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:54 AM
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6. is there a link to this?
would love to be able to stick it in a freeper's face.

Thanks in advance...
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:58 AM
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7. yes in the O.P.
the Guardian Story.

Once again "they" told us that if we did not talk "they"
would build an A bomb.
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 08:35 AM
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5. Cheney was involved in it from '89, Google: American Judas
it is archived i am sure it was posted here.. the address is hellatious and i just dont have the time or my glasses to do it..sorry
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