Bush Offers Carrots in Exchange for North Korea Nukes Declaration
Thursday, June 26, 2008
WASHINGTON — Pledging "action for action," President Bush on Thursday said North Korea has demonstrated a commitment to dismantling its nuclear weapons program and will be rewarded by being removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors and having trade sanctions lifted.
The president spoke hours after North Korea submitted its long-awaited declaration detailing its nuclear weapons activities. The government said that it would televise the demolition of the cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear facility and turned over documents to China about its plutonium core and waste activities.
"Today is a positive day and it's a positive step forward," Bush said from the White House Rose Garden. "My point is this: we'll see. They said they are going to destroy parts of their plant in Pyongyang. That's a very positive step."
But Bush added, "We will trust you only to the extent that you fulfill your promises. I'm pleased with the progress there are no illusions this is the first step."