North Korea and the United States were increasingly divided over the scope and implementation of the agreement. The United States has done little to live up to its commitment to normalize political and economic relations.  When, until 1999, economic sanctions were not lifted and no full diplomatic relationship was initiated between the United States and North Korea, North Korea warned that if the United States did not respect the end of the agreement, it would resume nuclear research. [Citation required] Not really. The United States Congress was dissatisfied with the agreed framework. I would like to remind you that the agreed framework was not a treaty. It was an agreement between governments, and since it was not a treaty, it did not fade into an audit by the Senate. Many members of Congress, especially many senators, were unhappy that it was not a treaty, which gave them the opportunity to either ratify it or reject it. Shortly after the agreement was signed, the United States control of Congress passed to the Republican Party, which did not support the agreement.   Some Republican senators were strongly opposed to the deal and saw it as appeasement.
  Originally, U.S. Department of Defense emergency funds, which were not under congressional control, were used to finance transitional oil deliveries under the agreement with international funds. From 1996, Congress released funds, but not always sufficient amounts.   As a result, some of the agreed transitional oil deliveries were delivered late.  KEDO`s first director, Stephen Bosworth, then commented, «The agreed framework was a political orphan within two weeks of its signing.»  According to a January 1996 Russian Foreign Ministry report, North Korea would not abandon its nuclear weapons program. The report found that nuclear weapons have become symbolically important to North Korea, and that between 1991 and 1994, North Korea obtained 7 to 22 kilograms of plutonium, conducted more than 70 tests of highly explosive nuclear denounance devices near Yongbyon, and has nuclear facilities in Pakchon and 20 other sites such as Hamhung, Kilchu and Kusong. In 1998, both the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency were convinced that North Korea had «not fundamentally violated any aspect of the framework agreement.» But because of its own commitments, Washington missed, until April, U.S. and South Korean officials participated in several meetings to discuss the possible resumption of U.S. negotiations with North Korea to revive the agreed framework of 1994. South Korean presidential adviser Lim Dong Won met with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong II, who agreed to receive the United States.