U.K. Guardian: In February, the Washington and Pyongyang reached an agreement under which the communist regime would halt its missile testing and uranium enrichment, and agree to the resumption of international monitoring of its nuclear sites, in return for Washington providing 240,000 tonnes of food to the North Korea which has faced widespread shortages and famine. The US says it warned North Korea that the rocket launch – which Pyongyang said was intended to carry a satellite but which the Obama administration claimed was a ballistic missile test – would violate the agreement.
Charles Pritchard, a special envoy for negotiations with North Korea in the Bush administration and a special assistant to Bill Clinton on national security, said Obama’s policy of engagement has now failed. “It is essentially in tatters. They made a calculation. They reached out to North Korea and it fell apart,” he said. “I think the US will be essentially regrouping on an international basis. They’re not going to go back to a bilateral engagement with the North Koreans any time soon.”