McCain and Palin Off Message in Response to North Korea Diplomacy
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Yesterday, the Bush administration announced that the United States was removing North Korea from the State Departmentâ€™s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The decision was made after North Korea "agreed to resume disabling a plutonium plant and to allow some inspections to verify that it had halted its nuclear program."
I have previously said that I would not support the easing of sanctions North Korea unless the United States is able to fully verify the nuclear declaration Pyongyang submitted on June 26. [â€¦] I expect the administration to explain exactly how this new verification agreement advances American interests and those of our allies before I will be able to support any decision to remove North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
When asked about the deal on Saturday, McCainâ€™s running mate Sarah Palin â€” trying desperately to demonstrate her own foreign policy competence â€” offered a contradictory response:
Benjamin J. Armbruster is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.