I think the administration lowered the bar a bit too far. And if the deal is implemented as it currently stands, in my view there will be some negative implications for our global non-proliferation efforts. I think we'll have a harder time persuading other countries to tighten the rules while we're urging them to make exceptions.
I personally woke up this morning and I didn't know about it.
The North Koreans should not be compensated for agreeing to stop conducting an act which they should not be conducting in the first place.
This set the real issues aside, it did not solve them. But it prevents gridlock and a collapse of the talks. ... I see it as a positive but not a big substantive move, but it took some movement in the administration to make this happen.
This sends the signal that bilateral relations and other strategic interests will trump nonproliferation. And that will reduce the perceived penalties associated with going nuclear.
The administration has said some things in this that six months ago would have been heresy.
Obviously, the United States does not have the final say on who has the right to pursue civil nuclear energy programs.
In terms of threats -- at this point -- the Bush administration sees the Iranian regime as more threatening than the North Korean regime.
This wasn't a big substantive reconciliation. This was an agreement to set aside a disagreement and move ahead with the talks.