McCain and Palin Off Message in Response to North Korea Diplomacy
Yesterday, the Bush administration announced that the United States was removing North Korea from the State DepartmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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."
The administrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s move quickly split the McCain-Palin ticket. John McCain issued a preemptive statement on Friday expressing his displeasure with the agreement:
When asked about the deal on Saturday, McCainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s running mate Sarah Palin Ã¢â‚¬â€ trying desperately to demonstrate her own foreign policy competence Ã¢â‚¬â€ offered a contradictory response:
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. [Ã¢â‚¬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.