Paul: ‘Same people’ negotiated North Korea and Iran nuclear deals
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Ky.) says North Korea’s reported hydrogen bomb test should cast doubt on the prospective success of the nuclear-arms accord struck with Iran.

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“My first thoughts on seeing North Korea now advancing from conventional nuclear weapons to a hydrogen bomb, if that’s true, is that it kind of reminds me of how important [it is] pursuing whether or not Iran is complying with their agreement,” Paul said Wednesday on Fox News’s “Happening Now.”

“Because I ended up opposing the Iranian agreement, because a lot of the same people that negotiated the Iranian agreement were the same people who negotiated the North Korea agreement, and then North Korea ended up clandestinely developing a weapon, anyway,” he added.

The U.S. and North Korea in 1994 signed the Agreed Framework, which sought to freeze the communist nation’s nuclear program. The agreement later broke down after a U.S. delegation in 2002 said it found evidence that Pyongyang had begun construction on a centrifuge facility.

Paul advocated imposing international economic sanctions on North Korea in response to the hydrogen bomb test.

“But I also would inflict more sanctions, and I would try to get China to be part of the sanctions,” he said.

“Unilateral sanctions of the U.S. against North Korea aren’t necessarily going to work, but if China participates in it and China aggressively puts pressure on North Korea because of their proximity and because they trade with North Korea, I think it could inflict and possibly bring about change.”

The North Korean government reportedly made a televised statement on Tuesday night saying a hydrogen bomb test was successful.

The United Nations strongly condemned the report but said it has been unable to verify the claim.