Published: October 22, 1994
Oct. 21 — After almost four months of difficult negotiations, the United States and North Korea signed an agreement today to end their dispute over North Korea’s nuclear program
After the signing today, North Korea’s chief negotiator, Kang Sok Ju, described it as “a very important milestone document of historic significance” that would resolve his country’s nuclear dispute with the United States “once and for all.”
He said the agreement, once put into effect, would resolve “all questions of the so-called nuclear weapons development by North Korea” that have raised “such unfounded concerns and suspicions.”
“We have neither the intention nor the plan to develop nuclear weapons,” Mr. Kang said.
At a news conference in Washington, President Clinton said the treaty was “a good deal for the United States.”
“The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments,” he said. “Only as it does so will North Korea fully join the community of nations.”
Nineteen years later, Obama is about to sign the same deal with Iran.
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