But then this happened:
Just months after Mr Rumsfeld took office, President George Bush ended the policy of engagement and negotiation pursued by Mr Clinton, saying he did not trust North Korea, and pulled the plug on diplomacy. Pyongyang warned that it would respond by building nuclear missiles. A review of American policy was announced and the bilateral confidence building steps, key to Mr Clinton's policy of detente, halted.
By January 2002, the Bush administration had placed North Korea in the "axis of evil" alongside Iraq and Iran. If there was any doubt about how the White House felt about North Korea this was dispelled by Mr Bush, who told the Washington Post last year: "I loathe [North Korea's leader] Kim Jong-il."
[source : The two faces of Rumsfeld, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/may/09/nuclear.northkorea, 9th May 2003]
The following year Bush bombed Iraq, killed hundreds of thousands, and created the conditions for many more and more evil Jihadi groups to form and thrive.