Archive for the ‘Jay Lefkowitz’ Category

Pulling the plug on Pyongyang

February 3, 2008

By James T. Hackett
The Washington Times
February 3, 2008

In 2005, the president changed policy toward North Korea. After years of withholding tribute and applying pressure, he switched to accommodation. It has not worked. He should revitalize the alliance with Japan and the new South Korean government, and return to a policy of containment.

The failure of the current policy was spelled out by Jay Lefkowitz, a New York lawyer and former deputy assistant in the Bush White House, and since 2005 the President’s Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea. In remarks at the American Enterprise Institute, Mr. Lefkowitz suggested the six-party talks have failed and now North Korea is merely awaiting the end of the Bush administration. He deserves a medal for telling the truth.

Jay Lefkowitz, the U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, ...
Jay Lefkowitz

For decades the Kim dynasty that rules the North made trouble by assassinating enemies in foreign lands, kidnapping Japanese citizens, launching missiles of increasing range, selling missiles to countries in the Middle East, maintaining a million-man army, and developing nuclear weapons. The North’s antics concern this country mainly because thousands of U.S. troops are still in South Korea, but its behavior also should concern the North’s neighbors.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (C) is seen at an undisclosed ...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (C).


Condoleezza Rice Hits Back At Critics Of Her North Korea Nuclear Strategy

January 26, 2008

(US News) North Korea’s continuing unwillingness to provide what the Bush administration considers a “complete and correct” declaration of its nuclear facilities–as required by an agreement last year–is reviving tensions within the administration over its dealings with the secretive regime in Pyongyang.

On her way to Berlin for meetings on Iran’s nuclear program this week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a rare, public rebuke of a fellow administration official who had, in effect, challenged Rice’s pragmatic patience toward the North Korean regime. In comments that may have been first vetted at the White House, Rice said that Jay Lefkowitz, President Bush’s special envoy on North Korean human rights, “doesn’t know what’s going on in the six-party [nuclear] talks” and that “he certainly has no say on what American policy will be” in them.

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