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Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Great. The only non malicious cabinet member (Powell) wants to leave, but the anti christ himself (Asscroft) wants to hang around?
Id like to see a=Asscroft hanging around washington too......from a rope suspened from a light post with an angry lynch mob having a block party
President Bush's Secretary of State Colin Powell wanted to quickly follow up on Clinton's efforts.
But after statements to that effect, Powell was told to back off in almost humiliating fashion. Just as South Korean president Kim Dae-jung's 'sunshine' policy of engagement towards North Korea seemed bluntly dismissed by the new American president when the two met in March in Washington.
Bush listened to hard-liners like vice president Cheney and Defence minister Rumsfeld, who favoured a more uncompromising attitude towards communist North Korea: similar to what they were used to in their hawkish cold war past.
Powell has offered to put in writing assurances that the Bush administration does not intend to attack North Korea and have Congress note the assurance.
That implies a congressional resolution, but not the binding agreement with Senate ratification that North Korea appears to be demanding.
The reports suggested Powell's signal of written assurances was opposed by the Pentagon and members of Vice-President Dick Cheney's staff.