Romney distrusts the North Korean’s sincerity at the bargaining table, and prefers a firm and comprehensive approach in dealing with them.
Well, I'm hopeful that the key to the deal which is additional inspectors by IAEA -- inspectors, will let us determine whether or not they're cheating. Because I think the experience we've had with North Korea is, just like the last time that President Clinton entered into an agreed framework, that the North Koreans cheat… I'm not going to tell you whether right now it's a good agreement. But I know what the problem is in the agreement, and that's unless the IAEA has the kind of inspections that we could be sure they're not cheating, then it would not be a step forward. And that's going to be critical.
February 18, 2007: Romney commenting on President Bush’s proposed deal with North Korea, to reward the regime with aid in return for freezing their nuclear program.