Haass: Bill Clinton’s mission: ‘irrelevant’

By Nitya

Aug 9, 2009 11:20am

A lively roundtable this morning with a blunt assessment of the impact of President Clinton's mission to North Korea. 

"Nothing changes in terms of North Korea," said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “It’s still the most opaque country in the world, it’s got a dozen nuclear weapons, it’s a threat to the region, Bill Clinton can’t change that Barack Obama can’t change that.”

Haass argued that China was the only country that may have an impact on the isolated North Korean leadership.  

“Until the Chinese can use their leverage over North Korea, we are going to be living with a North Korean threat,” Haass said.

“So what Bill Clinton did, however nice it is and good it is the other day, it’s not a criticism, but it doesn’t change any of the fundamentals.”

Also: Covered Obama's dilemma on health care, his upcoming decision on more troops for Afghanistan and the fallout from Bill Clinton's mission to North Korea. Watch the rest here…

- George Stephanopoulos

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