Pres. Obama is in Seoul, South Korea for the international nuclear security summit.
Obama delivered a stern message to North Korea, declaring a permanent end to bait-and-switch negotiations where Pyongyang pretends to negotiate concessions for western aid while clandestinely continuing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile schemes.
But the political news today out of the Seoul summit is of one particular moment.
Jake Tapper of ABC News got the video and the transcript:
President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.
President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…
President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.
As the “flexibility” statement telegraphs Pres. Obama obviously believes he’ll win in November, an Administration official offered this: “…this is not the kind of year in which we’re going to resolve incredibly complicated issue like this…”