Flashback: Powell Said NK Began Cheating on Clinton-Era Nuclear Deal ‘Before The Ink Was Dry’

August 9, 2017 | 10:49 PM EDT

Critics have long blamed the George W. Bush administration for Pyongyang's nuclear breakout. Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell told lawmakers in 2003 that North Korea's violations -- clandestine uranium enrichment -- of a Clinton-era nuclear freeze deal began “before the ink was dry.”