Munchkins win

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

John R. Bolton, the for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, re­veals in his new book how bu­reau­crats in the State De­part­ment un­der­mined ef­forts at the United Na­tions against North Korea. The bu­reau­crats are par­tic­u­larly strong in the East Asia-Pa­cific bureau, known as EAP and dubbed “EAPeasers,” be­cause of the pen­chant for ap­pease­ment over tough diplo­macy and ac­tion.

The book, “Sur­ren­der Is Not an Op­tion,” is Mr. Bolton’s fas­ci­nat­ing in­sider ac­count of his work at Foggy Bot­tom and Tur­tle Bay and also shows how the ap­peasers suc­ceeded in un­der­min­ing U.S. ef­forts to get North Korea to give up its nu­clear pro­gram as part of the six­party nu­clear talks.

Un­der Christo­pher R. Hill, the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for East Asia and Pa­cific af­fairs, a se­ries of end­less con­ces­sions to North Korea is pro­duc­ing an out­come sim­i­lar to the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion’s failed diplo­macy with Py­ongyang, he said.

In a sec­tion ti­tled “The Munchkins Win on North Korea,” Mr. Bolton said tough diplo­macy un­der his lead­er­ship suc­ceeded in pas­sage of two rel­a­tively tough U.N. res­o­lu­tions, over ini­tial ob­jec­tions of China and Rus­sia, on North Korea’s mis­sile and nu­clear tests, while con­ces­sions at the six-na­tion nu­clear talks are a dis­as­ter.

“Strong diplo­macy in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil pro­duced two tough res­o­lu­tions,” he wrote. “Weak diplo­macy in the six-party talks has al­lowed North Korea to con­sol­i­date and so­lid­ify its nu­clear pos­ture and taken the United States down the same road as the failed 1994 Agreed Frame­work.” He called the Fe­bru­ary deal in Bei­jing “rad­i­cally in­com­plete” since it did not deal prop­erly with the ex­ist­ing nu­clear weapons, much less the covert ura­nium en­rich­ment pro­gram.

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