posted on Jun, 22 2005 @ 10:41 AM
WASHINGTON - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in a previously undisclosed message to President Bush in November 2002, said the United States and
North Korea "should be able to resolve the nuclear issue in compliance with the demands of the new century," according to two private U.S. Korea
experts who delivered Kim's message to the White House.
If the United States makes a bold decision, we will respond accordingly," Kim said in a written personal message to Bush that he sent through Donald
Gregg, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, and Don Oberdorfer, a Korea expert at the School of Advanced International Studies in
Gregg and Oberdorfer write about their mission to Pyongyang in an opinion piece in Wednesday's editions of The Washington Post.
Kim's offer was conditioned on U.S. recognition of North Korean sovereignty and assurances of non-aggression, Gregg and Oberdorfer wrote.
They said they took the message to White House and State Department officials and urged the administration to follow up on Kim's initiative.
But the administration spurned engagement with Kim who, in response, the authors said, moved within weeks to expel the U.N. inspectors from the
U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty and reopen plutonium facilities that had been shut down
since 1994 under an agreement with the Clinton administration.
Just a month before the November 2002 meeting with Kim, Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly had led a U.S. delegation to North Korea, where they
confronted officials with intelligence information suggesting that the regime had secretly embarked on a uranium enrichment program in defiance of
pledges in 1994 not to pursue nuclear weapons.
it looks like Bush says no no and no. so in the end, Kim wanted demands and Bush says no.