North Korea agreed to dismantle its nuclear program and cooperate with the United States. Its government assumed by taking these steps it would be removed from the list of terrorist states. Not so, said Under Secretary of State Christopher Hill. “No, they haven’t been taken off the terrorism list” and will not be removed until they have made more efforts to end their nuclear program.
There are times to reward first steps, particularly from a nation that has been isolated for nearly fifty years. Removing North Korea from the list of terrorist states would send a message of support and encouragement to its leaders. But, the Bush administration refuses to abandon its rigid approach to foreign policy which demands complete and unswerving agreement with its ideas. Anything less is considered disloyal and not to be trusted. So far, that approach does not appear to be an effective foreign policy strategy.