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KCNA Commentary Urges U.S. to Have Proper Choice
Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- The DPRK successfully carried out the test-fire of new ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 on Sunday.
In this regard, the U.S., Japan and others noisily call for "counteraction". This is a challenge to and defamation of the essence and justice of the DPRK's bolstering up military strength.
The successful test-fire of Hwasong-12 is a great event noteworthy in the history of building a Juche-based nuclear power as it demonstrated the birth of precious national treasure "Juche weapon", another perfect weapon system for the posterity.
The rocket test-fire showed the high level of the DPRK's development of science and technology in defence industry.
The test-fire proved all the technical specifications of rocket, which was newly designed in a Korean-style, like guidance and stabilization systems, structural system and pressurization, inspection and launching systems and reconfirmed the reliability of new rocket engine under the practical flight circumstances. It also verified the homing feature of the warhead under the worst re-entry situation and accurate performance of nuclear warhead detonation system.
The most perfect weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the U.S.
The U.S. massively brought nuclear strategic assets to the vicinity of the Korean peninsula to threaten and blackmail the DPRK, but the American-style fanfaronade can never work on the DPRK.
All the DPRK's military steps are a legitimate exercise of the sovereignty for self-defence to cope with the persistent and brigandish nuclear threats and blackmail by the U.S. and its vassal forces and their moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK.
The DPRK's self-defensive measures to protect its dignity and vital rights and genuine peace from the U.S. escalating nuclear war threat are the legitimate right of a sovereign state and they are not against any international law.
The successful test-fire of Hwasong-12 is of great and special significance in ensuring peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region, and this represents the great victory of the Korean people.
The DPRK is a full-fledged nuclear power, whether someone recognizes it or not.
The strategic position of the DPRK, a dignified nuclear weapons state, will never change, irrespective of someone's recognition.
Justice and truth, equality and respect are now gradually disappearing in the world political arena, but injustice and high-handed and arbitrary practices are prevailing. The most elementary principles of international relations specified by humankind with common agreement are disregarded now. Such situation should never be tolerated.
The test-fire of Hwasong-12 is a grave warning to the U.S. and other hostile forces to make a proper choice with reason.
The U.S. should not disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation zone are in the DPRK's sighting range of strike and the DPRK has all powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike.
It is the stand of the DPRK to continuously develop more precise and diversified nukes and nuclear striking means and push ahead preparations for more tests till the U.S. and its vassal forces make a proper choice with reason.
If the hostile forces carelessly provoke the DPRK, they will not escape from the biggest disaster in the history. -0-
KCNA Commentary Flails S. Korean Conservatives' Attempt to Build up Public Opinion Sympathetic with Park
Pyongyang, April 12 (KCNA) -- The group of conservatives in south Korea has now gone clumsy in the scheme to elicit sympathy with Park Geun Hye now in detention.
Chongwadae, the Liberal Korea Party, the Association of Love for Park Geun Hye and other conservative riff-raffs described Park's detention as "too harsh", claiming "It's time to pardon her and it is not good to see woman shed tears after her ouster from Chongwadae".
In the meantime, the pro-Park group including the "movement headquarters for people's resistance for nullification of the president's impeachment" has worked hard to rally conservatives while calling for "defending Park Geun Hye" and "punishing those who pushed the country to such an edge".
The crocodile tears being shed by the conservatives, while deploring the plight of Park are an insult and challenge to the bitter tears shed by the south Koreans who have wriggled in misfortune and pain for the past four years under Park's harsh misrule.
This is nothing but a cynical ploy to galvanize public sympathy with Park, prolong their deplorable fate sealed along with the one of Park and use it as a catalyst for rallying the conservative forces.
Park has been put in detention after earning an ill-fame as the first dismissed ex-president in history, a deserved fate meted out to the dragon lady who committed unprecedented crimes.
Not tears but blood has been gathered in the eyes of the bereaved families for the past 1073 days since they lost their children in the ferry Sewol tragedy.
Insulting the bereaved families' protest as the one aimed at "getting more money", Park and the puppet conservative group painted them as "dishonest forces" and "political agitators".
Leaving Chongwadae, demon-like Park said "truth will be probed," challenging the public demand for impeachment. It is the south Korean public mindset that dismembering her would not be enough to have the grudge of the victims settled.
However, the accomplices of Park have gone foolish in their bid to set up the second Park Geun Hye regime by rallying the remaining conservatives by building up the public opinion sympathetic with Park.
The despicable true nature of the conservative group, which turned south Korean society into a theatre of rowdyism dominated by injustice in alignment with traitor Park, can never be covered up.
The south Koreans should not be taken in by the crocodile tears of the demon but resolutely check and foil the conservative forces' moves for rallying themselves again. -0-
DPRK Is Strong Defender of Global Peace: KCNA
Pyongyang, March 29 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released an article on Tuesday lambasting the U.S. and other hostile forces for pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula to the worst phase with all their strategic assets involved, after labeling the DPRK a "factor of regional instability," taken aback by its ever-increasing might.
The truth and validity of the DPRK's cause of bolstering nuclear weapons for protecting the regional security and global peace at the geopolitical outpost in Northeast Asia can never be confirmed according to the interests of big powers, the article said and went on:
A fortress of justice strong enough to stand against the hegemony and unipolar rule of the super-empire was built in Northeast Asia. It serves as tremendous muscle for defending peace in the world.
When World War II was over the U.S. exercised its authority to beat its rival in any matter with an unchallenged right to decide worldwide, but the world political structure and the balance of forces have changed at present.
A report published by the U.S. Centre for Strategic and International Studies on January 19, 2016 said that the balance of forces in Asia is steadily changing in the direction of running counter to the interests of the U.S.
This reflects the policy stand of the U.S. displeased with the present timetable for executing its strategy for dominating Asia.
The commander-in-chief of the U.S. Forces in the Pacific recently underlined the need for the U.S. to maintain the strongest military muscle to counter any country in the areas under its control covering 52 percent of surface of the earth.
The U.S. recently hurled its F-35B and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into its bases in Yamaguchi and Okinawa of Japan from its mainland. It staged a precision air raid drill under the simulated conditions of striking pivotal areas of the DPRK with F-35Bs.
The U.S. is confirming the possibility of an actual war involving a "beheading operation" aimed at "bringing down the social system" of the DPRK and a preemptive strike operation targeting the nuclear means of the DPRK through the largest-ever Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills.
This is an escalation of the U.S. moves for a nuclear war to stifle the DPRK at any cost and contain the regional big powers by force of arms and a vivid manifestation of its scenario to dominate the world.
Big powers are to blame for the escalating tensions in Northeast Asia as they are making no scruple of creating the danger of serious armed clashes for hegemony after expanding the sphere of their interests far beyond the purpose of defending their sovereignty.
U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson admitted during his trips to East Asian countries that the policy pursued by the U.S. toward the DPRK for the past 20 years went belly-up.
It is by no means fortuitous that world media are warning the U.S. not to make any more mistakes if it came to know that its DPRK policy was wrongly-guided.
The stability on the Korean peninsula is directly linked to the security not only in Northeast Asia but also in the Asia-Pacific.
The position of the DPRK as a nuclear power in the East has grown stronger and the strategic structure of the relations among its neighboring countries began to undergo a fundamental change.
The nukes which the DPRK was compelled to possess for self-defence are preserving peace, stability and prosperity not only of a country or a nation but of the region and the world.
The nukes of the DPRK are different from the ones of big powers for aggression and intervention.
All military steps taken by the DPRK are an entirely legitimate exercise of its right to self-defence to cope with the brigandish nuclear blackmail and threat from the U.S. and its vassal forces and their moves to isolate and strangulate the DPRK.
Justice and truth, equality and respect are now gradually disappearing in the world political arena, but injustice, high-handed and arbitrary practices are prevailing. Some big powers are closeted to conspire against other countries to seek their interests in disregard of the most elementary principles specified by humankind with common agreement. Such situation should never be tolerated.
There are the forces faulting the nuclear deterrent of the DPRK for self-defence and seeking to fish in the troubled waters by sacrificing the Korean nation while kowtowing to the U.S. keen to dominate the world after occupying the whole of the Korean peninsula, a strategic vantage point. They should behave themselves.
The viewpoint on the geopolitical position of the Korean peninsula should undergo a due change as required by the strategic position of the DPRK that has ranked itself among the advanced nuclear powers and the developing trend of the times.
The countries, failing to take a responsible option in dealing with the Korean issue and vacillating with a short-sighted view, will clearly see how the DPRK will set right the international justice and principle in the future.
Sacred is the strength of the guardian preserving the dignity of the country, security of the region and global peace with treasured sword of nuclear deterrent for justice and ever-lasting is the truth of the cause of Juche Korea that had access to nukes. -0-
KCNA Commentary Terms S. Korean Authorities Modern-day Traitors
Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries' moves to nullify the issue of sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army and the south Korean authorities' humiliating act of conniving at them triggered off towering indignation among the Koreans.
Since the outset of the new year the Japanese reactionaries have pressurized the south Korean authorities to implement the "agreement on the sexual slavery issue", threatening that Japan can neither send back the Japanese ambassador and consul general to south Korea nor can it expect the normalization of the bilateral relations unless the girl statues depicting a sexual slave for the Imperial Japanese Army standing before the Japanese embassy in Seoul and the consulate general in Pusan are removed.
Shortly ago, the Japanese foreign minister went so arrogant as telling the south Korean puppet foreign minister abroad that the project for erecting a girl statue on Tok Islets is "intolerable", urging him to take a proper step and warning him that what is important is result.
Japan, which committed the shuddering crimes against humanity by taking 200 000 Korean women to battle fields after kidnapping them, is now trying to check the campaign for erecting girl statues sweeping south Korea and raise a claim to Tok Islets. This is a gangster-like logic and the height of impudence.
The girl statues are not just simple sculptures but they are symbolic of all Koreans' indignation at the Japanese imperialists who committed unspeakable crimes against the Korean nation and their will to take a thousand-fold revenge on the Japs of the island nation.
The Korean nation's unanimous bad blood towards Japan, the sworn enemy of the nation, can never change no matter how many times a generation is replaced by another.
However, the south Korean puppet authorities granted the Japanese imperialists impunity for their past crimes and, not content with this, are going all the more crazy for serving Japan, yielding to its brigandish demand.
Foreign Minister Yun Pyong Se and other traitors slavishly promised the Japanese reactionaries to "respect the agreement on the sexual slavery and honor it" and went the lengths of sending informal notice to the local self-governing bodies calling on them to remove the girl statues.
They even let the pro-Japanese organizations paste posters reading "Until when Japan has to be hated" and "Japan should be pardoned" in places around girl statues and hurled police into investigating or putting in custody members of civic organization active to protect the statues.
As these traitors ride roughshod in south Korea, the Japanese reactionaries still assert impudently that "they have no intent to apologize" for the sexual slavery issue and "once money is received, the girl statue has to be removed."
Now the opposition parties and all social circles of south Korea strongly denounce the puppet authorities as modern-day "five traitors of 1905" who are no longer members of the nation as they behave in such a humiliating manner after receiving just 1 billion yen less than the price for race horses for Jong Yu Ra, daughter of Choe Sun Sil.
The nation can never escape shame and disaster as long as the group of traitors prolonging their remaining days through hideous sycophancy toward Japan is allowed to go at large.
All Koreans will certainly force Japan and the group of traitors to pay dearly for all their criminal acts. -0-
KCNA Commentary Warns U.S. of Massive Introduction of Nuclear Strategic Assets into S. Korea
Pyongyang, February 13 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is massively introducing various types of lethal weapons including nuclear strategic assets into south Korea from the outset of the year under the absurd pretext of "nuclear and missile threat" from the DPRK.
The U.S. plans to stage the largest-ever Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills with the south Korean puppet forces in coming March. To this end, it is going to deploy huge war hardware including the triad strategic weapons of its air force B-52, B-1B and B-2, and F-22s. Also, a nuclear submarine and an Aegis destroyer and aircraft carrier Carl Vinson patrolling Asia-Pacific are expected to be involved in the projected saber-rattling.
U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines had been involved in the war rehearsals staged so far but it is something unusual that deployment of additional strategic assets is under discussion, arousing deep concern of the international community.
Against this backdrop, the U.S. seeks to round off the deployment of THAAD in south Korea and the latest stealth destroyer Zumwalt in the waters off the Korean peninsula within this year.
All facts go to prove that the U.S. threat of aggression to violate the sovereignty and vital rights of the DPRK is imminent.
It is none other than the U.S. which is increasing the tension on the Korean peninsula through its aggressive moves to carry out "pro-active deterrence strategy" and "strategy of massive retaliatory punishment", hyping "threat from the north" and "unpredictable provocation."
There is no reason for the DPRK to be exposed to the U.S. nuclear war threat and blackmail.
The U.S. is running wild to inflict a nuclear disaster upon the Korean people, not content with its unprecedented moves to isolate the DPRK politically, blockade its economy and pressurize it by force of arms for the mere reason that its ideology and social system are different from the former's and it has not yielded to the former.
The DPRK has bolstered its capabilities for self-defence with a death-defying will and determination to put a definite end to the ceaseless nuclear threat and blackmail of the U.S. and has emerged a full-fledged nuclear power.
It has striven hard to defend its sovereignty and dignity and preserve regional peace and stability by its own efforts from the hostile forces' nuclear threat and war moves. There is no reason for anyone to doubt it.
The DPRK's strategic position has changed. The U.S. had better think twice about unimaginably catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its nuclear threat and blackmail at the doorstep of the DPRK.
The best way for Washington to escape the nuclear strike of the DPRK is to refrain from violating its dignity and security and behave itself with self-control. -0-
U.S. Arms Buildup Brings Tension- KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, January 23 (KCNA) -- A fresh tension has been created in the Asia-Pacific region from the outset of the new year due to the U.S.
In the wake of deploying sophisticated F-35B stealth fighters in its military base in Japan, the U.S. decided to dispatch B-1B strategic bombers and F-22 stealth fighters to its air-force base in Australia.
It is the first time that F-35B has been put on permanent standby overseas by the U.S. It is planning to expand the radius of the operation of F-35B in Northeast Asia, notably moving the matrix port of assault landing ship mounted with those fighters to the southern area of Japan from the U.S. mainland next year.
In the wake of paving a way for the deployment of multi-purpose modern SM-6 missiles in areas of south Korea, Japan and Australia, Washington also clarified that it would send ultra-modern high-performance early warning plane E-2D Hawk Eye to Japan.
This indiscriminate arms buildup of the U.S. has sparked off serious concern of the international community as it is a dangerous act of harassing peace and stability not only on the Korean peninsula but also in the rest of Asia-Pacific.
The main purpose of the U.S. pivot to Asia-Pacific strategy is to contain and deter big regional powers and establish its domination in reliance on military upper-hand and nuclear edge.
It is in pursuance of this strategy that the majority of the U.S. strategic nuclear force has been concentrated on Asia-pacific and the region is witnessing the establishment of the triad nuclear carrier system, improvement of performance of already-deployed strategic nuclear bombers and nuclear missiles, and development and deployment of high-output laser artillery pieces, unmanned tactical vehicles and ultra-fast strike weapons.
Triangular military "cooperation" among the U.S., Japan and south Korea has also been boosted.
The U.S. is describing its "alliance" with south Korea and Japan as "cornerstone" and "core axis" of its Asia-Pacific strategy and using them as a shock brigade in executing its strategy.
Shortly ago, an American political commentator in an article said that the U.S. Asia policy orientation depends on Trump doctrine.
He continued that the truth of return to Asia policy was disclosed during the Obama administration but the U.S. had worked under concrete plan to form a triangular military alliance with Japan and south Korea since several decades ago.
The U.S. claims the alliance is to tackle nuclear threat from north Korea but the essence is to use Japan and south Korea for realizing its strategy of domination over neighboring countries and several regions in the world, he said, adding that if Japan is a suitable location for the armed forces of the three services of the U.S., south Korea is the only base for its ground force to set its foot in the Asian continent and that the U.S. forces present in south Korea is targeting other forces in the Asian continent from every aspect, not just to cope with nuclear threat from north Korea.
The tripartite military "cooperation" is also being expanded as part of the second-phase process of the Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy.
The U.S. facilitated signing of an agreement on protection of military intelligence between south Korea and Japan under the pretext of "nuclear and missile threats from the DPRK" and allowed establishment of Aegis naval missile shield linking the U.S. and Japan and the overseas dispatch of the Japan "Self-defence Forces".
The U.S. is stepping up the arms buildup to realize its Asia-Pacific strategy while spreading the story of "threat" from someone but it can never cover up its criminal intention.
The situation clearly proves that peace and security on the Korean peninsula situated in Asia-Pacific, Northeast Asia to be specific, present themselves as a very important international issue.
Countries need to heighten vigilance against the ill-boding arms buildup of the U.S. -0-
KCNA Commentary Blasts Japan for Its Shameless Moves to Cover up Its Crimes
Pyongyang, January 16 (KCNA) -- Japan is now pressurizing the south Korean puppet regime to pull down the statue of a girl depicting the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army standing before its consulate general in Pusan.
Amid much fuss about "countermeasures" made by high-ranking politicians such as the prime minister and the chief cabinet secretary, Japan recalled its ambassador in Seoul and consul general in Pusan, postponed the high-level economic talks and suspended the currency exchange negotiations with south Korea as part of retaliatory steps.
This is nothing but a cynical ploy of the Japanese reactionaries to cover up the hideous crimes committed by Japan against humanity in the past by using the Park Geun Hye group of traitors steeped in sycophancy and submission to the marrow of their bones.
The world community has seen lots of disgraceful behaviors of Japan shunning the settlement of its past crimes for the past several decades since the issue of sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army was raised, but it cannot but be stunned by the on-going gangster-like and brazen-faced acts on the part of Tokyo.
The statues of a girl standing in south Korea including those erected before the Japanese embassy in Seoul and consulate general in Pusan are not simple symbols but the statues bearing witness to the hideous crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against humanity in the past and an expression of the protest against Japan's persistent refusal to redress its sexual slavery.
As far as the "agreement" on the issue of sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army concluded between south Korea and Japan late in 2015 is concerned, it is no more than a product of a political bargaining made by Japan with the south Korean puppet group in a bid to keep its crime-woven history buried into oblivion through the payment of a petty amount of money to them under the U.S. manipulation.
It was precisely Japan that shouted bravo after fabricating the "agreement." In the "agreement" Japan denied the coercion involved in the sexual slavery by using ambiguous words of "army's involvement" and "sense of responsibility" and refused to admit the state and legal responsibility for it.
After wooing the Park Geun Hye group of sycophants and traitors into cooking up the criminal "agreement," Japan is putting increased pressure upon its lackeys in south Korea to implement it come what may though they are standing impeachment trial.
Japan is clamoring for "final and irreversible settlement" of the issue of sexual slavery, claiming that the "agreement should be implemented despite regime change" and it is taking a wait-and see-approach towards the south Korean puppet forces' future attitude.
This is political hooliganism.
The sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army is a tragedy of history which can never be written off.
No matter how much water may flow under the bridge and no matter how often a generation is replaced by a new one, Japan can never evade its legal and moral obligation to make an honest apology and reparation for its past crimes.
Japan's liquidation of its past crimes such as sexual slavery is not a matter to be settled with a petty amount of money but its vital issue of whether it becomes a normal state trusted by the world community after redressing its crimes committed against the Koreans and other Asian peoples or not.
Japan's sincere settlement of its past crimes is a job to be done for itself as it can never be part of the world community without doing so.
The Korean people and other Asians will certainly force Japan to pay for its crimes generation after generation. -0-
KCNA Commentary Slams Senior Japanese Diplomat's Provocative Remarks
Pyongyang, December 16 (KCNA) -- Japan has gone the lengths of crying out for "attack" on the DPRK.
Shortly ago, a senior official of the Foreign Ministry of Japan blustered that Japan "can attack the DPRK," pursuant to the "right to collective self-defense", if the south Korean regime requests and a serious threat is posed on the stability of Japan, a revelation of an undisguised scenario for invading the DPRK.
This is unpardonable bellicose outbursts let out by political dwarfs little short of puppies knowing no fear of a tiger.
In recent years, Japan has put spurs to its moves for turning itself into a military giant, challenging its legal position as the defeated nation banned from having not only the right to belligerency and the right to participate in a war but also a regular army.
Japan expanded worldwide the sphere of the activities of the SDF, which had been limited to areas around its territory, through the revision of the "Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Guidelines" and the adoption of the "security legislation," etc. and has come to exercise the "right to collective self-defense" under the pretext of military support to "its allies".
Japan is making desperate efforts to develop and purchase the latest weapons and equipment as evidenced by its shaping of the biggest-ever defense budget for fiscal 2017 running into 5 100 billion yen. It is busy putting its air and naval forces on a modern and long-distance basis.
It has stepped up the SDF's advance into overseas after mapping out a military strategy for overseas attack by taking advantage of the U.S. "anti-terrorism war."
It is by no means fortuitous that against this background the above-said senior official of the Japanese Foreign Ministry unhesitatingly trumpeted about "attack" on the DPRK.
Japan may stage a comeback to Korea any time and the DPRK is the primary target of its attack.
Japan is mulling invading Korea and advancing into the continent with it as its stepping-stone just as it did in the last century.
This reckless scenario of the Japanese reactionaries is, however, leading their country to destruction.
The strategic position of the DPRK has dramatically changed as it is a dignified politico-ideological power and a world military power possessed of tremendous nuclear deterrent.
It is tragedy that Japan is still seized with megalomania, failing to face up to the trend of the times, only to precipitate its doom.
It is quite natural for the overwhelming majority of Japanese to be strongly opposed to the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense" which may invite a disaster more horrible than that in the last century.
Staging a comeback to Korea is bound to lead to destruction.
The Japanese authorities would be well advised to cogitate about their foolish actions to be entailed by terrible disasters. -0-
U.S. Aim at Organizing Naval Expeditionary Task Force Disclosed
Pyongyang, December 6 (KCNA) -- The U.S. Navy Institute announced a plan that the U.S. pacific fleet would make a trial operation of the naval expeditionary task force with Sasebo Port in Japan as the matrix port from the end of 2017. The plan envisages adding missile cruiser, nuclear-powered attack submarine, Aegis missile cruiser, missile destroyer and escort ship to the existing landing group centering on the large landing surprise attack ship with F-35 B stealth fighters aboard and three large-scale transport and landing ships with more than 2 200 marines.
Commenting on this, Rodong Sinmun Tuesday says this is a vivid expression of the dangerous moves of the U.S. warmongers to launch a war on the Korean peninsula at any cost.
The commentary goes on:
The U.S. has gone so absurd as to claim the organization of the task force is aimed to tackle the non-existent "nuclear and missile threat" from the DPRK, but it is sheer sophism.
The U.S. stages joint military exercises every year with the south Korean puppet forces, involving such huge armed forces as all types of nuclear attack means and special warfare forces for the purpose of getting them well versed in the mode of preemptive attack.
What matters is that the aim of organizing the task force is not just to bring dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. seeks "special interests" in the Asia-Pacific region.
It is going to hurl huge naval troops into the Pacific waters in a bid to turn them into their theatre.
The U.S. is the arch criminal escalating tension on the Korean peninsula and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region by pushing the situation there to a dangerous phase.
But it is seriously mistaken if it thinks it can realize its dirty ambition for aggression through the formation of the task force.
The U.S. had better be concerned about the security of its own mainland before having an eye on the DPRK. -0-
KCNA Commentary Blasts S.Korean Regime's Confrontation Moves and Military Provocations
Pyongyang, November 15 (KCNA) -- The south Korean group of traitors have gone ever more reckless in their moves for escalating the confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and military provocations against it.
South Korean puppet military warmongers issued what they called "commanding message" and inspected several units, getting more frantic with war drills against the north than ever before.
Brass hats of the army and the navy are frequenting frontline units, claiming that "the north may pose threat and commit provocation" by taking advantage of "administration" vacuum and crying out for "round-the-clock watch posture." And the chief of the general staff of the air force called for "prompt counteraction" aboard a reconnaissance plane, kicking up war hysteria.
All these moves were prompted by a foolish intention to seek a way out even through the escalation of confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and military provocations after being thrown into a political crisis caused by the worst power-backed scandal.
Waves of popular resistance against the traitorous rule are now sweeping across south Korea in the wake of the disclosure of the world-shocking "Park Geun Hye, Choe Sun Sil scandal."
The campaigns for issuing declarations on the situation in demand of the ouster of Park are rapidly gaining in scope and strength. Candlelight rallies of people from all walks of life calling for impeachment of Park vividly show the mindset of the angered south Korean people who have already sentenced the traitors for all ages to death.
Now that Park is being condemned not only by the opposition parties but also by conservative forces, she is trying hard to seek a way out in prodding the warmongers into intensifying saber-rattling.
She is working hard to weather the worst ruling crisis under the pretext of "security crisis", talking about "emergency situation." This is what she inherited from her father.
In actuality, the puppet military has declared an "emergency system" reminiscent of the situation on the eve of war under the pretext of the crisis of the regime and the "administration" vacuum.
They simultaneously launched Chungmu drill for the latter half of 2016 allegedly aimed to "verify the effectiveness of the plan for civilians, officials and service members' wartime preparedness" and kicked off 2016 Hoguk rehearsal under the signboard of "coping with the north's provocation of a local war and all-out war" almost at the same time.
They also staged a madcap airlifting drill and large-scale joint landing drill, kicking up war hysteria. They went the lengths of conducting a joint exercise with a British air force for the first time in history under the simulated conditions of making "precision strike" at the supreme headquarters of the DPRK and its major strategic targets.
It is by no means fortuitous that a south Korean media, commenting on the above-said anti-north war drills which may spill over into an actual war anytime, observed that "the muscle-flexing is linked with the Choe Sun Sil Gate."
The said ceaseless saber-rattling goes to clearly prove that the Park group unhesitatingly resorts to any play with fire which may put the destiny of the nation at peril in order to prolong its remaining days.
The "emergency system" declared by the group of traitors is now under strong fire by all compatriots.
They would be well advised to bear in mind what miserable end the warmongers met. -0-
Ulterior Aim Sought by Japan through Agreement on Protecting Military Intelligence with S. Korea Disclosed
Pyongyang, November 8 (KCNA) -- Japan's Defense Minister Inada at a recent press conference expressed the intention for hastening the talks for concluding an agreement on protecting military intelligence with south Korea within this year so that Japan and south Korea may share secret information in the field of security.
He said "the situation surrounding north Korea became very serious and Japan-south Korea cooperation is very important to cope with north Korea's nuclear and missile issue." He added that "he would negotiate with the south Korean side with the goal of earlier conclusion of the agreement."
Rodong Sinmun Tuesday says in a commentary:
This reveals the sinister attempt to invade the DPRK at any cost in collusion with south Korea, backed by the U.S.
The Japanese reactionaries calculate that they can tighten the military nexus with south Korea under the pretext that the north may provoke the south, taking advantage of the chaos caused by the fierce anti-Park Geun Hye struggle.
However, the Japanese reactionaries have made one miscalculation.
That is their calculation may add fuel to the flames in south Korea.
The south Korean people will never remain a passive onlooker to the fact that the group of Park Geun Hye, wicked pro-U.S., pro-Japanese lackey, is threatening the destiny of the nation by selling its dignity and interests and paving the Japanese reactionaries' way of reinvasion, preoccupied with sycophancy and dependence on foreign forces.
The Japanese reactionaries are working hard to turn south Korea into a military springboard for invading the Asian continent by using Park Geun Hye more dead than alive with the backing of the U.S. But, this will get them nowhere.
They would be well advised to behave themselves, stopping their foolish acts of inviting disasters. -0-
KCNA Commentary Lashes out at U.S. Official's Malignant Mud-slinging at DPRK
Pyongyang, October 22 (KCNA) -- Symptoms of doom of the Obama group are manifested in the political unrest of the officials of the U.S. administration who are in the grip of self-contradiction.
On Oct. 12 Rassel, U.S. assistant secretary of State for East Asia-Pacific Affairs, dared hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK, talking nonsense that it would meet its end the moment it has access to the capabilities for making a nuclear strike.
What he raved is no more than the last-ditch efforts to evade the responsibility for having shaken the foundation of the security of the mainland as the Obama group's north Korea policy suffered a total failure and they compelled the DPRK to emerge the strongest nuclear weapons state though they have to quit the White House soon.
It is normal for politicians with elementary political sense to notice the qualitative change taking place in the politico-military structure in the present world.
However, Rassel is so ignorant of the DPRK though he claims has been in charge of the north Korea policy for the past more than two decades. It is pity that Americans have national security left to such guy to look after it.
After choosing East Asia-Pacific region as the main theater for holding supremacy in the 21st century the Obama administration let him take charge of the region and speak for it.
When referring to the DPRK's line of simultaneously developing the two fronts in the past, Rassel malignantly decried it, blustering that "north Korea would never achieve prosperity as long as it pushes forward its nuclear development."
While talking about "nuclear and missile threat" from the DPRK, he talked volumes about the issue of military cooperation among the U.S., Japan and south Korea with Washington as a main player, the building of information network and investment in deploying THAAD. Moreover, he never opened his mouth without letting out a slew of rubbish about "human rights situation in the north," regardless of time and place.
What Rassel uttered this time is nothing but a scream made by the guy, much upset by the total failure of the north Korea policy of the present U.S. administration which has refused to understand the generally accepted principle of the sovereignty of other countries and the essence of the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.
It was none other than the U.S. that compelled the DPRK to have access to nukes.
The U.S. has staged nuclear war drills against the DPRK, non-nuclear weapon state, every year after designating it as the target of preemptive nuclear attack, thus posing grave threat to its supreme interests and pushing it to having access to nukes.
The DPRK has bolstered up its nuclear force both in quality and quantity as it has been exposed to constant and direct nuclear threat from the U.S., the world's biggest nuclear weapons state and nuclear war criminal state. It was, therefore, the best option to protect the sovereignty and vital rights of the Korean nation.
Tragedy is that the U.S., still seized with megalomania, is insisting on its contradictory view of the situation and failing to realize that the DPRK is not the country which it can control as it pleases.
The DPRK regards the mud-slinging at the dignity of its supreme leadership as the most blatant challenge to it and the worst hostile act of putting into practice the declaration of a war that the U.S. made before the former.
Rassel's flurry of invective is sheer rhetoric.
The White House will disappear the moment the U.S. launches aggression against the DPRK.
The American land has come within the range of powerful nuclear strike means of Juche Korea. They are just waiting for the order to fire, precisely aiming at the cesspool of evils and bases of aggression.
The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK including the highly sophisticated nuclear force whose basic mission is to devotedly protect the supreme leadership will never miss their target in any case.
The U.S. will be forced to pay dearly for malignantly hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and Obama will realize what the high price is like before he leaves the White House.
Those beating air are bound to perish in the flames kindled by themselves. -0-
KCNA Commentary Slams U.S. Artifice to Cover up Its True Colors as Nuclear Criminal
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- The true colors of the U.S. as a nuclear criminal are being brought to light in succession.
The Western media including the U.S. reported recently that the U.S. administration is busy conducting an "operation" to build up public opinion warning China of the danger of development of nuclear weapons by Japan and south Korea in a bid to hold in check the DPRK's nuclear development.
It was reported that U.S. Vice-President Joseph Baiden "advised" a Chinese high-ranking official at talks in last June that Japan might set about developing nukes in case Beijing fails to proactively buckle down to resolving the nuclear issue of the DPRK.
U.S. officials concerned with security vied with each other in uttering that "Obama would stress at the G20 summit to be held in Hangzhou, China the DPRK's nuclear development might cause Japan and south Korea to develop nukes."
This only betrays the deceptive trick of the U.S. to cover its criminal nature as a world nuclear proliferator and divert the attention of the international community elsewhere.
Not content with making Japan and south Korea awash with its strategic and tactical nuclear weapons as the case is same with Europe and the Middle East, the U.S. is prodding its allies into nuclear weaponization.
It turned Japan and south Korea into the world's biggest nuclear arsenals by systematically introducing and deploying nukes in the middle of the last century, i.e. long before the DPRK's access to them.
It introduced nukes into south Korea in 1950 and turned it into a nuclear arsenal stockpiled with over 1 720 nukes in the middle of the 1980s.
It worked out a policy on deploying nukes in Japan in the 1950s and made with the Japanese authorities a secret agreement on permitting its introduction of nukes into Japan.
Washington has reached its extreme phase in its nuclear arms buildup by zealously egging its allies on to develop nuclear weapons.
It helped Japan stockpile plutonium enough to manufacture thousands of nuclear weapons by overlooking its moves to stockpile plutonium since long before.
It handed over 201 technological documents useful for designing, simulating and manufacturing A-bomb to south Korea via the Combustion Engineering Company. It concluded an agreement with south Korea, paving the way for the puppet forces to conduct uranium enrichment and reprocessing of nuclear fuel and to develop means for nuclear delivery.
South Korean experts are now openly claiming that south Korea placed the tenth in its capability to make nukes, adding that it is capable of making one nuke in three months and that its uranium enriching technology is at the "world's level".
It was none other than the U.S. that compelled the DPRK to have access to nuclear weapons by pursuing the worst-ever nuclear war policy towards the DPRK.
It is the height of shamelessness for the U.S. to talk about someone's "responsibility."
Its real aim is to realize its hegemonic ambition in the Asia-Pacific from A to Z.
Its scenario is to evade the responsibility for pushing the DPRK to its access to nukes and its nuclear muscle-flexing and, at the same time, to spark a new nuclear arms race in the Asia-Pacific by instigating its allies.
No country in the region will be taken in by such sleight of hand employed by the U.S. -0-
Korean People Will Surely Force Japan to Pay for Its Crimes down through Generations- KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, August 12 (KCNA) -- It is 71 years since the defeat of the Japanese imperialists who inflicted untold misfortune and pain upon the Korean nation and other Asian people.
Japan is, however, adding to its past crimes, refusing to redeem its crime-woven past even now.
The Japanese imperialists invaded Korea and desperately worked to exterminate the Korean nation in a sinister bid to realize its wild dream of "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere."
The Japanese imperialists' massacres of Koreans were the most heinous and shuddering crimes against humanity that baffled human imagination.
They mercilessly killed in all brutal manners the Koreans who resisted against their invasion of Korea.
They made no scruple of reducing even peaceable inhabitants to victims of their scenario for dominating Asia.
Their massacre of Koreans in the wake of the Kanto great quake was clear evidence proving Japan's mass killings of Koreans committed out of chauvinism.
According to data of the Japanese "government-general in Korea" only, at least 23 000 Koreans were killed in the wake of the quake.
The Japanese imperialists forcibly took more than 8.4 million young and middle-aged Koreans to battle fields for aggression and slave labor sites. They abducted 200 000 Korean women, forcing them into sexual slavery. Many of them were mercilessly killed.
They made no scruple of committing such shuddering cannibalism as eating flesh of young Koreans in shambles of war during the Pacific War.
More than a million young and middle-aged Koreans lost their lives in battle fields and slave labor sites of the Japanese imperialists.
The horrible massacres committed by the Japanese imperialists were vividly manifested in mercilessly killing 146 000 out of 200 000 Korean women forced into sexual slavery.
The massacres committed by the Japanese barbarians were the most hideous crimes against humanity unprecedented in history of any country in the world.
The unimaginably thrice-cursed massacres were not perpetrated by them during the modern times and their colonial rule over Korea only.
Their brutal massacres of Koreans dated back to the period of Koryo Kingdom when they launched invasion of it and their ferocity and brutality reached their height during the Imjin Patriotic War (1592-1598).
The shuddering massacres perpetrated by Japanese murderers throughout centuries were genocides to exterminate the Korean nation and build a criminal state, kingdom of murderers on the land of Korea.
The Japanese murderers' mass killings were unprecedentedly monstrous crimes against humanity that put into the shade the Yankees' mass killings of Indians, Hitler fascist junta's genocide of Jews in the light of organized backing from the state, persistence and scale of killings and cruelty in their methods.
Nevertheless, the Japanese reactionaries, far from making a sincere apology to the Korean people and the world for their crimes against humanity, have persistently distorted history by denying and embellishing it and pursued their policy hostile to the DPRK.
In particular, the reactionaries are resorting to anti-DPRK "human rights" racket and the moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK, hyping the "issue of abduction" which was already settled by the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration. They openly reveal their wild ambition to launch reinvasion.
All facts go to prove that Japan works hard to evade its state responsibility for making apology and reparation for all crimes committed against the Korean people, while scheming to realize at any cost the old dream of "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" by imbuing the Japanese society with hostility toward the DPRK and militarism.
The Japanese imperialists' colonial rule over Korea ended long ago but Japan's history of unethical crimes has not ended at all.
If Japan persists in its moves for reinvasion, far from drawing a lesson from its crime-woven history, it will commit more indelible crimes against humanity to which no statue of limitation is applicable.
Gone are the days when Japan occupied and dominated other's land in a brigandish manner.
The service personnel and people of the DPRK will surely force the sworn enemy Japan to pay dearly for its thrice-cursed crimes down through generations. -0-
KCNA Commentary Ridicules Park Geun Hye Group
Pyongyang, July 30 (KCNA) -- The Park Geun Hye group of south Korea hardly managing its own family affairs acts recklessly even abroad, being unaware of where it stands, only to be detested by others.
During the recent ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum, Yun Pyong Se, puppet minister of Foreign Affairs of south Korea, kowtowed to the U.S. taking issue with the DPRK over its nuclear deterrence for self-defense, only to become a laughing stock.
At a time when the danger of a new Cold War is increasing on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia due to the decision on THAAD deployment in south Korea and the neighboring countries are getting highly vigilant against this, he acted a spokesman for his master, blustering that "THAAD is a defense means for coping with the threat form North Korea and is never targeted against the third country."
Far from answering the question about the issue of the retraction of the decision on THAAD deployment the neighboring countries are concerned about, he asked them to "keep cooperation to send resolute signal to North Korea that its nuclear development cannot be tolerated" and claimed that "if it continues provocation, it will be made to pay dearly for it." He went the lengths of trying to create impression that south Korea would play a certain role in Northeast Asia where the scramble for hegemony is getting serious.
Irony is that though the south Korean puppet forces worked heart and soul with such base acts, they got cold shoulder from neighboring countries, far from getting recognition.
Conveying the news, even media ridiculed Yun Pyong Se as one who was little different from a man in a deck as he was queried what step south Korea is going to take as regards the demand of the retraction of the decision on THAAD deployment and whether south Korea can declare the decision null and void, being told that south Korea would be well advised to sincerely react to the just and reasonable concern of China and ponder over it. This is the inescapable fate of the stooge.
THAAD deployment in south Korea has long been pushed forward as demanded by its master whether it is wanted by the south Korean puppet forces or not. As residents in Songju County claim, preparations such as the laying of electric wires have been made in the area long before the decision on THAAD deployment was announced.
The delayed announcement was just deception.
As seen above, "diplomacy" pursued by the puppet regime which talked much about dichotomy whereby it depends on the U.S. for "security" and attaches importance on China for economy is bound to end in failure.
It is too natural that even media of south Korea, commenting on the "diplomacy", said that there are feelings of crisis that south Korea-China relations plunged into a quagmire after ten months of "the Tiananmen platform diplomacy" pursued by Park Geun Hye and that "northern diplomacy" which has been cemented since 1990 seems to have been intercepted first by THAAD. -0-
KCNA Commentary Refutes Korean American Bae Jun Ho's False Propaganda
Pyongyang, June 20 (KCNA) -- Korean American Bae Jun Ho (Kenneth Bae) is now cursed and censured by public for renewing his false propaganda about the DPRK.
As already reported, Bae was arrested in the DPRK for spreading subversive religion and working hard to build "a religious state" hostile to the DPRK. For his hostile activities he was sentenced to hard labor. But thanks to the humanitarian measure taken by the DPRK out of magnanimity and good faith he was deported to the U.S. after spending nearly two years in jail.
People say that habit is a second nature. Bae is accustomed to hostile acts against the DPRK.
Recently Bae released an anti-DPRK book peppered with "stories" about what happened during his hard labor.
At a book releasing ceremony sponsored by the south Korean puppet forces, Bae talked rubbish that "he is planning to set up a non-governmental organization for the fellow countrymen in the north and carry out projects helpful to the poor people in the north and defectors from the north." It is ridiculous, indeed, for Bae to be busy with the moves for establishing a non-governmental organization for some people as if he were a big philanthropist. In other words, he revealed his intention to persist in his hostile acts against the DPRK.
At a meet-the press with U.S. congressmen he unhesitatingly spouted sheer sophism that he witnessed how could a country be a huge prison and that north Korea is a "huge prison."
It is less than two years since he begged for sparing his dirty life in tears. He is now in such poor position as to appear as a member of a shock brigade in slandering the DPRK, clinging to the coattails of the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces.
It is worth recalling what he wrote in the letter of apology and letter of thanks done in hot tears before being deported to the U.S.
The following is what he wrote in his letter of apology and letter of thanks: "I sincerely thank the DPRK government for all humanitarian measures and treatment for me. I will always remain thankful to the Korean people and the DPRK and take the lead in the work for national reunification and prosperity, never forgetting benevolence bestowed upon me. I will make efforts to play the role of a bridge of friendship linking the Western world with the DPRK."
In fact, the DPRK provided everything to Bae during his prison life from humanitarian point of view. Whenever he did not feel well, we took him to a hospital to be treated several times. We arranged his meeting with his mother and let him exchange hundreds of correspondences.
There is a saying one's kindness should be repaid. However, Bae returns evil for good. He has not built a bridge of friendship but erected a bridge of distrust and confrontation. Is it morally right?
Bae is the felon who betrayed not only human conscience but also religious devotion.
Before flying to the U.S., he told officials concerned of the DPRK that he is the churchman saying truth and religionist's devotion to God is sacred and he can never betray it.
But upon returning to the U.S., he made a U turn, going busy hatching plots with the group of Satan falsifying facts. He is none other than Judas.
Bae Jun Ho has no option but to commit suicide.
We have nothing to say more of Bae waiting for the day of death after being branded as a despicable bete noire.
What matters is the double-dealing nature of the U.S. government as it promised to prevent the recurrence of such behavior while conducting "rescuing operation" of American criminals under the signboard of "humanitarianism" but it gives a shot in the arm of those guys as soon as its representatives went back.
It is the American society where different anti-DPRK organizations are strutting about, prodding such human scum and half wits as Bae Jun Ho into taking the lead in the false propaganda to mislead public opinion.
It is a hard fact that the U.S. government is behind these organizations.
It is the true picture of the American society where there is profound confusing of right and wrong, injustice beats justice and human rights are wantonly abused.
The U.S. government should bear in mind that if it resorts to the anti-DPRK propaganda under the signboard of "human rights", the fate of the U.S. citizens now serving jail terms in the DPRK will become more miserable.
The DPRK will neither make any compromise nor conduct negotiations with the U.S. over the issue of American criminals nor take any humanitarian measure as long as Bae Jun Ho keeps spouting invectives against the DPRK.
Then American criminals now in custody in the DPRK will never be able to go back to the U.S.
The DPRK's clarification of this stand is not just a warning. -0-
Rodong Sinmun Terms May 16 Military Coup Criminal
Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- The military coup staged by Park Chung-Hee in south Korea on May 16, 1961 was an unpardonable criminal incident orchestrated by the U.S. in which the south Korean military hooligans seized power by ruthlessly trampling down at the point of the bayonet the democracy which sprouted in the wake of the April 19 Popular Uprising, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in an article.
It goes on: It is the desire of the south Korean people to live in a democratic society free from outside forces and fascist dictatorship.
The south Korean people, therefore, waged a strenuous struggle against the U.S. military occupation and colonial rule and traitor Syngman Rhee's dictatorial rule. Their anti-U.S., anti-dictatorship struggle for independence and democracy reached the climax with the popular uprising in April, 1960 as a momentum.
The Syngman Rhee dictatorial regime was overthrown by the ardent desire of the south Koreans for independence, democracy and national reunification and their persevering resistance.
The U.S., however, instigated Park Chung-Hee, another lackey of the U.S. and military fascist gangster, to stage a military coup in a bid to bring the crisis of its colonial rule in south Korea under control and thoroughly fascistize its society.
Park's bloody military dictatorial rule that kicked off through the May 16 military coup was a horrible tragedy of history as it turned south Korea into a theatre of fascist rowdyism and a tundra of human rights and democracy.
Many years have passed since the fall of the "yusin" dictatorial rule in south Korea, but its people see the departed soul of "yusin" dictatorship haunting its whole society.
The fascist rule of the present chief executive is bound to come to an end in face of the powerful struggle of the south Korean people for independence, democracy and national reunification just as the "yusin" dictatorship met a miserable end. -0-
U.S. Is Chiefly to Blame for Nuclear Arms Race in 21st Century-KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, April 28 (KCNA) -- In recent days, U.S. media and military experts asserted that owing to the Obama administration's frantic modernization of nuclear weapons, there is imbalance among nuclear forces of big powers and a fresh Cold War is in the offing.
This is the right claim because it reflects the hard fact that the nuclear arms race of the 21st century, a fresh Cold War arousing the deep concern of the world, has already started and the U.S. is chiefly to blame for it.
The U.S. emerged the "world's only superpower" without even a drop of blood as the Cold War was over after the collapse of the Soviet Union late in the 20th century.
Since the demise of the Cold War, the U.S. has persistently pursued the vicious policy of strength for the purpose of checking the appearance of any big power capable of matching it.
However, its moves for dominating the world and making the world unipolar further hardened the will of other big powers to keep the balance of the strategic muscle with the U.S. while accelerating the economic development.
Much upset by this, the U.S. is putting spurs to the projects for putting nuclear weapons and launching systems on a smaller, stealth and precision basis behind the curtain of the deceptive signboard of "denuclearization".
It is now busy developing five types of fresh nuclear warheads and their delivery means with huge financial support and mulling having access to bomber-launched long-range cruise missiles capable of striking targets after overcoming the enemy's missile defence system through long-distance flight.
Both Russia and China are channeling greater efforts into bolstering up strategic armed forces, paying attention to the fact that the U.S. is hell-bent on the moves for modernizing nuclear weapons while openly talking about the military containment of the regional powers.
Russia has already started the deployment of long-range ballistic missiles of the new generation tipped with four miniaturized nuclear warheads and is developing submarine nuclear striking means.
At the end of last year the commander of the Strategic Rocket Force of Russia said the new type strategic missile system accounted for 56 percent of the armed forces of Russia, openly declaring that in the light of analysis of the military information available, the U.S. cannot ward off its intensive attack.
China is surpassing the U.S. by far in developing the "ultra supersonic glider" capable of striking any target on the earth within an hour.
It conducted the test fire of new type ICBM Dongfeng-41 with the firing range of 15 000 km capable of striking the eastern part of the U.S. on April 12.
As seen above, the U.S. moves for modernizing nuclear weapons to dominate the world are becoming a boomerang, threatening the U.S. itself.
Shortly ago, the chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in his report on the combat capability of the U.S. forces made at a hearing of the Armed Services Committee of the Senate admitted that "in case the U.S. fights a war against the DPRK, China, Russia and other military powers at any moment, the U.S. forces' capability has not reached the desired level." His remarks reflect the U.S. unfavorable position.
The start of the nuclear arms race in the 21st century means the one of ruin of the U.S.
Had the U.S. not resorted to the moves for escalating tension in the world such as modernization of nuclear weapons to make the world unipolar, such words as the fresh Cold War and collapse of the American Empire would not have appeared.
The U.S. is bound to meet its final doom as it is hell-bent on realizing the anachronistic scenario for dominating the world. -0-
KCNA on Nuclear Criminals' Impudent Remarks on Denuclearization
Pyongyang, April 4 (KCNA) -- The U.S. hosted the 4th "Nuclear Security Summit" shortly ago.
The summit was no more than the anti-DPRK nuclear racket kicked up by the U.S. and other nuclear criminals and its followers to pass the buck for the escalating nuclear threat on to the DPRK.
The U.S., Japanese and south Korean chief executives were closeted together over the issue of creating the impressions that the DPRK's access to nuclear weapons escalated the tension on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of the world. This was profound confusing of the right and wrong.
Obama claimed that the international community is exposed to threat due to ceaseless provocations of the north such as nuclear tests and missile launches and that international cooperation would be boosted with allies and partners to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Echoing his master's utterances, Abe blustered that the north's improvement of nuclear and missile capability poses a direct threat to the international community and it is necessary to slap harsher sanctions.
Not to lag behind her masters Park Geun Hye reeled off a flurry of sophism that south Korea joined the U.S. in its efforts to build a world without nuclear weapons but the north is blatantly challenging the efforts of the international community. She went the lengths of jabbering that the building of a world without nuclear weapons should start from the Korean peninsula, adding that it is necessary to make the north realize that it can not live unless it dismantles nuclear weapons.
This is the ridiculous behavior of the fool who feign ignorance of how nuclear issue was spawned on the peninsula though they are well aware of it.
The nuclear issue on the peninsula was spawned by the U.S. from A to Z.
The U.S. nuclear threat has further increased for several decades since the group of aggressors floated the story of "dropping A bombs" on the northern half of Korea in the last Korean War.
Every year the U.S. has undisguisedly staged nuclear war drills against the DPRK with various type nuclear weapons involved since the U.S. preemptive nuclear attack upon the DPRK was adopted as a state policy.
Even at this moment, more than 300 000 huge forces of the U.S. and south Korean puppet army and U.S. nuclear strategic weaponry including B-52 nuclear strategic bombers, nuclear submarines and nuclear carrier task force are busy with nuclear war rehearsals.
It is as clear as noonday that this is a serious infringement upon the security and peace of the DPRK and a direct threat to the lives of the Korean people.
The U.S. nuclear threat and blackmail and joint military exercises are the root cause of the danger of a nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula.
It was quite just and inevitable for the DPRK to have had access to nuclear weapons and taken measures to bolster up them now that the U.S. and its followers have become keen to threaten the DPRK with nuclear weapons and encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK.
The U.S. has stockpiled the world's largest number of nuclear weapons and committed a hideous nuclear crime by using nuclear weapons for the first time in the world. The puppet forces turned south Korea into the advanced nuclear base of the U.S. Japan is possessed of massive amount of plutonium. They are vociferating about "threat" from someone. This is nonsensical and the height of deception of justice and peace.
It is by no means fortuitous that the international community today comments that the way of settling the issue of the Korean peninsula is to acknowledge the DPRK as a nuclear power and opt for improving the DPRK-U.S. relations.
Defying this fact, nuclear criminals led by the U.S. is talking about the DPRK's dismantlement of nuclear weapons and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This is Don Quixote way of thinking and a pipe dream.
The DPRK has already clarified that there can never be denuclearization of the Korean peninsula without that of the world.
The denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is unimaginable unless nuclear powers including the U.S. completely defuse worldwide nuclear threat through nuclear disarmament negotiations and the White House opts for improving the DPRK-U.S. relations,
"Threat from the north" and "international cooperation for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" which the U.S., chieftain of nuclear war, and its servants have touted so much are, in fact, no more than a desperate shriek of those taken aback by the tremendous nuclear deterrence of the DPRK.
The more loudly the U.S. and its followers vociferate about "nuclear threat" from the DPRK while shelving their own nuclear issue, the more saliently they will reveal their attempt for nuclear monopoly to dominate the world.
The DPRK categorically rejects the groundless story about denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and will decisively counter the hostile forces with nuclear deterrence for self-defence, should they seek to encroach upon the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK even a bit. -0-
KCNA Commentary Demands S. Korean Side Make Apology and Compensation for Damage Done to Ship of North
Pyongyang, March 15 (KCNA) -- As already reported, south Korean ship Hinee bumped against the north's ship Turubong-3 in the East Sea of Korea in October last year, causing a serious damage and taking to flight.
This was deliberate and barbarous gansterism in the sea to dampen the spirit of all service personnel and people of the DPRK mounting on the threshold of the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea and invent a pretext for inciting confrontation.
However, the south Korean side made neither apology nor compensation for the incident.
Much upset by the DPRK's strong protest and rapidly mounting criticism by the international community, the south Korean puppet authorities made the owner of ship Hinee select a lawyers office and insurance company for the examination of damage in a country and request them to look into the incident.
The DPRK received an examination delegation and made a detailed field examination with it. As a result, the delegation learned well about how the incident happened and its cause and clearly admitted the damage done to the ship.
As all data about the incident were objectively confirmed by the third party, the competent organ of the DPRK strongly demanded the south Korean ship owner to pay damages without delay.
But the ship owner has still refused to pay the damages, without making any apology under the pretext of the prevailing tense situation between the north and the south.
This is a gangster-like behavior.
For the south Korean side to evade the due payment of damages under the pretence of the situation on the Korean peninsula, discarding humanitarian commitment, is a hideous human rights abuse as it completely discarded elementary morality and obligation.
According to international law, when a disaster happens in a sea, every ship is obliged to help distress-torn ship and an assailant is obliged to unconditionally pay indemnities for the damage.
There can be neither excuse nor pretext in fulfilling the international legal obligation.
Tension is now escalating in various parts of the world but humanitarian measures are being still taken under the obligations of international law.
The crime committed by the above-said south Korean ship is obviously an unethical and inhumane one, a wanton breach of the UN Law of the Sea.
This being a hard fact, the ship owner's impudent behavior clearly suggests who is behind the fabrication of the incident.
It is none other than the south Korean puppet authorities who egged Highny on to deliberately bump against the north's ship in order to bedevil the north-south relations and are instigating him to persistently evade any apology and compensation in contravention of international law.
This action once again brought to light the true colors of the Park Geun Hye group of traitors who have trumpeted about "humanitarianism" and "human rights" so loudly.
South Korea is a lawless land as the puppet authorities caused such hideous disaster as the ferry Sewol sinking but took a hands-off approach towards it while pretending ignorance of it.
It is, indeed, a barren land and tundra of human rights where the people's elementary right to existence is not guaranteed due to the unpopular rule of the Park group of traitors.
It is the height of hypocritical and double-dealing attitude that the puppet group is fabricating a flurry of evil laws for confrontation such as the "law on human rights in the north" to do harm to the fellow countrymen in the north, pretending ignorance of the reality of the south Korean society.
It is none other than the group of traitors who is leading the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of a war by staging the large-scale joint military exercises. It is another unpardonable criminal act against human rights that such arch criminals are using the tense situation as a smokescreen for covering up their unethical and inhumane crime.
With neither sophism nor lie can the puppet group conceal its despicable true colors as perpetrators of gangsterism in the sea or evade the responsibility for it.
Its persistent moves to evade the responsibility would only more saliently reveal its true colors as human rights abusers and invite severer punishment.
The DPRK will resolutely counter any act of impairing its dignity and honor and destroying the product of the precious sweat and blood of its people and force the south Korean side to make an apology and compensation for the damage under any circumstances. -0-
KCNA Commentary Denounces U.S. Worst Double Standards
Pyongyang, February 29 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is behaving mischievously over the DPRK's satellite launch for peaceful purposes.
It is crying out for international pressure and "sanctions," terming the DPRK's satellite launch violation of "resolutions" of the UN Security Council.
This is a wanton infringement on the DPRK's sovereignty and grave challenge to it.
The DPRK's satellite launch for peaceful purposes is inviolable as it is a legitimate exercise of an independent right of a sovereign state recognized by international law which is above the UNSC resolutions.
The racket kicked up by the U.S. over the DPRK's satellite launch is a vivid manifestation of the White House's extreme hostile policy towards the latter.
Washington claims that all satellites launched by the U.S. are legal while every satellite launched by the DPRK is illegal. Such claim is the height of the American-style double standards.
An article posted by Stefan Landman on the website of the Canadian Institute for World Studies "Double standards of the West towards north Korea" said the UNSC resolution banning Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology is a wrong one, adding that this resolution is not applied to any country, to say nothing of the western world, and this is the height of double standards.
A professor and doctor of the Socio-economic Faculty of the University of Vienna sneered by saying that the UNSC is discussing sanctions over the north Korea's satellite launch but the satellite launch is a legitimate right of a sovereign state and if it finds fault with north Korea's satellite launch, it has to adopt a new "resolution" some time banning the sale of kitchen knives to its commercial network for fear of killing people, he added.
A colonel of the Spanish Ministry of Defence noted that it is the double standards to insist on slapping sanctions against north Korea as satellites are launched by all the countries capable of doing so, adding that it is also double standards that nuclear capable India and Pakistan conduct regular ICBM launches but no one takes issue with them, he said.
A researcher of an American nonproliferation center said that he can say with confidence the rocket launched by north Korea was the satellite launch as it was designed as a mechanism for launching rockets into the space. There should be a considerable change in the design if the satellite launch is to be described as ICBM, he held.
As the international public comments, the DPRK's satellite launch can never pose a threat to other countries as it is clear space development activity for peaceful purposes.
The U.S. is working hard to prevent the DPRK's satellite launches, absurdly claiming that they "threaten" someone. If this is allowed, the DPRK is barred from launching satellites for good. It is unpardonable double standards for the U.S. to assert that the DPRK is only not allowed to launch satellites, while launching different types of satellites including spy satellites at any place and times in a bid to militarize outer space in contravention of requirements of the international community. The U.S. naturally should stop taking issue with the DPRK's space development activities and halt the above-said moves as they are a grave threat to world peace and security, to begin with.
It should not make an excessive reaction to the DPRK's satellite launch for peaceful purposes, prompted by the conception of confrontation, but view it from a fair stand.
It is a law-governed requirement of the age of ultra-modern science and technology and world trend to launch and operate working satellites necessary for economic development and prosperity of the country.
The DPRK's position as a satellite manufacturer and launcher will never change because of the U.S. denial and the former's space development is not something to be given up because of someone's "sanctions".
The DPRK will as ever make greater successes in the field of space development so as to protect the self-respect and dignity of the nation.
It is nothing but a pipe dream for the U.S. to expect the DPRK to collapse due to "sanctions." This is as foolish as waiting the missions of the sun and stars to come to an end.
If the U.S. persists in its desperate attempt to deprive the DPRK of its independent and legitimate rights, obsessed with its ill-intended inveterate repugnancy toward the latter, it will be left with no option but to take inevitable counter-measures to cope with it. -0-
The brief honeymoon between S. Korea and China is over By Seong Yeon-cheol, Beijing correspondent
After showing signs of blossoming, THAAD and North Korea issues have complicated ties between Seoul and Beijing.
At their summit on Sep. 2, 2015, just before China held a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of its victory in World War II, big smiles covered the faces of the leaders of South Korea and China. There seemed something spontaneous about the amity that had been forming since they both took office in early 2013.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said, ¡°Relations between South Korea and China are friendlier than they have ever been before¡± and South Korean President Park Geun-hye said, ¡°The two countries are friends who have endured adversity together.¡±
While Park Geun-hye was still a presidential candidate, the first country to which she sent a special envoy was not the US but China. From the outset, Park took a different approach from her predecessor, Lee Myung-bak (2008-2013), who had focused on US and paid little attention to China. China, on the other hand, treated North Korea with unprecedented coldness after the North carried out its third nuclear weapons test around the time that Xi became president.
When (North) Korean Workers¡® Party Secretary Choe Ryong-hae visited China in Sept. 15 as a special envoy from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Choe was given the cold shoulder. He did not meet Xi until the final day of his trip and was not able to return to North Korea until the middle of the night. But when Park Geun-hye went to China about one month later she was treated with extravagant hospitality.
The surprises continued in the following year. China had been refusing to even deal with Japan because of the territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands (called Diaoyu in China) and historical disagreements, and in January of that year China abruptly opened a memorial museum to Korean freedom fighter Ahn Jung-geun in its northeast city of Harbin, where Ahn assassinated Japanese Governor of Korea Ito Hirobumi. Two months later, the remains of Chinese soldiers who had fought against South Korea during the Korean War were repatriated from South Korea to China.
In July of that year, Xi became the first leader of China to officially visit South Korea before North Korea. Chinese people were eager to say that the two countries were hao pengyou, meaning ¡°close friends,¡± and that their relations were better than ever.
Last year, South Korea joined the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and on Sep. 3, Park stood on the parapet of the Gate of Heavenly Peace in Tiananmen Square alongside Xi Jinping. This was a scene that marked the pinnacle of China-South Korea relations.
It was enough for some pundits to start talking about South Korea¡¯s shift toward China. The future of the two country¡®s relations looked as clear as the blue Beijing sky on the day of the military parade.
But that was as far as things went. The afternoon after the military parade, Beijing was hit by a heavy bout of smog.
China-South Korea relations soured in the same way. At the end of the year, South Korea reached a hasty agreement with Japan on the comfort women, deserting China in their joint front on historical issues.
In January of this year, things went south. On Jan. 6, North Korea abruptly carried out its fourth nuclear test. It seemed as if North Korea¡¯s provocation would only show that China-South Korean relations were stronger than they had ever been. But the opposite occurred.
For the South Korean government, China¡®s response did not meet expectations. Rather than putting sanctions on North Korea, China focused on arguing with the US about who was responsible for the deteriorating situation.
The Park administration called on China to pressure North Korea, but China was unresponsive. China was concerned that tougher sanctions would aid the alliance between US, South Korea and Japan and cause instability in North Korea. China¡¯s decision was based not on whether the North had violated the UN Security Council resolution but on how sanctions might affect its own security.
¡°This made clear that China never intends to abandon North Korea,¡± said a diplomatic source in Beijing.
It was not until one month after North Korea¡®s nuclear test that the leaders of South Korea and China, who had bragged about how much they trusted each other, actually talked on the phone. Their conversation yielded no results.
The next day, North Korea continued by testing a long-range rocket. This was when Park played the THAAD card, announcing the start of talks with the US about deploying a missile defense system to which China has been adamantly opposed, describing it as part of the US¡¯s strategy of encirclement. The move basically expressed Park¡¯s sense of betrayal at China for its reluctance to place more sanctions on North Korea.
The conflicting security concerns of South Korea, which views North Korean nuclear weapons as its greatest threat, and China, which believes that deploying THAAD in South Korea would lead to the disastrous exposure of its forces to US radar, have driven the two country¡¯s brief honeymoon period - which has lasted for two and half years - to the brink of the cliff.
¡°Since South Korea had joined China in opposing Japan¡¯s regression on history and had appeared to be distancing itself from its alliance with the US, China pulled South Korea closer, while South Korea had also placed a lot of stock in China after it took a harsh stance on North Korea following the North¡¯s third nuclear test,¡± said Jin Jingyi, a professor at Peking University.
¡°But China had been under pressure because of the US¡®s strategy of the rebalance to Asia, and after North Korea¡¯s fourth nuclear test, China concluded that making North Korea an enemy would be even worse than the North¡®s nuclear weapons. Disappointed by China¡¯s tepid stance, South Korea has also made its alliance with the US even stronger than before. Essentially, the basic conditions that were the reason for the honeymoon period disappeared all at once.
¡±Relations between South Korea and China have deteriorated because of a manifest mismatch between the role that the Park administration expected China to play and China¡¯s interests, including its sense of North Korea¡¯s strategic and geopolitical value,¡° said another source in Beijing.
China¡¯s state-run media, which had been raving about how strong China-South Korea relations were just five months ago, is now openly talking about the possibility of a second Korean War, the need to boost China¡¯s military presence in the three northeast provinces near North Korea and proposals to launch airstrikes on THAAD batteries.
South Korean corporations operating in China are nervous that the Chinese government will start finding fault with them and bullying them.
¡±It¡®s unlikely that the two countries will repair their relations under South Korea¡¯s current government,¡° Jin said.
South Korea¡¯s Betrayal of the ¡°Comfort Women¡± by K.J. Noh
On December 28th, 2015, the foreign ministers of Japan and Korea, suddenly and hastily announced a ¡°resolution¡± to the ¡°comfort women¡± issue, women trafficked and exploited as sexual slaves by the Japanese Army during WWII. This involved an apology by the Japanese prime minister, and the creation of fund for reparations.
¡°The issue of ¡®comfort women¡¯ was a matter which, with the involvement of the military authorities of the day, severely injured the honor and dignity of many women,¡± said the Japanese Foreign Minister. 1 billion yen ($8.3M) was also promised to the fund to assist the 46 surviving comfort women.
Former comfort women and activist groups, however, rejected the agreement, calling it ¡°a betrayal¡±, ¡°a travesty¡±, and ¡°a sham¡±. Some of them wept openly. Opposition politicians demanded the resignation of the Korean Foreign Minister. Protests have broken out in Korea in front of the Japanese Embassy.
The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery in Japan, one of the key activist organizations, called Monday¡¯s deal ¡°shocking¡±, saying, ¡°It¡¯s a humiliating diplomacy for South Korea¡¦The agreement is nothing but a diplomatic collusion that thoroughly betrayed the wishes of comfort women and the South Korean people¡¦It wipes out 25 years of progress.¡±
Grandma Yong Soo Lee, former comfort women and prominent activist, also denounced the agreement. ¡°This agreement seems to have been made without having the victims in mind. I dismiss it in its entirety¡±, she stated, and denounced the Korean foreign minister as ¡°a traitor¡±.
Why are the comfort women still unsatisfied? Global media is laudatory, and the US State department was quick to praise and promote it. On the surface it seems reasonable: a letter of apology with solatia/reparation. It¡¯s seventy years late, but better late than never. What more could the women want?
To understand this issue, one needs to look a little deeper at the history.
The World Split Open
The so called ¡°comfort women¡± system was the planned, organized, systemic trafficking and sexual enslavement of hundreds of thousands of young women all over Asia?primarily from 11 Japanese colonies?by the Japanese Imperial Army from 1932-1945. As the system progressed and developed, it may have started out with some actual prostitutes, but it quickly devolved into an industrial system of sexual exploitation of women, taking on monstrous proportions and involving sexual atrocities on a scale unseen in modern history. The ¡°comfort women¡± system was to wartime prostitution what the holocaust was to homicide: the industrial-scale factory farming of rape: the wholesale, organized, rationalized procurement, imprisonment, torture, brutalization, sexual enslavement, and terrorization of women.
After the war, this history of barbarity was whitewashed out of the record as policy, politics, and prejudice conspired to facilitate amnesia. Comfort women who had survived the torture, beatings, mutilations and daily rapes?up to 50 times a day?were often shot or fragged to conceal evidence of war crimes by retreating Japanese soldiers. Another 40% were estimated to have committed suicide during their enslavement. In all, historians estimate that only one out of four women enslaved would survive, a death rate higher than that of frontline combat soldiers or African slaves during the middle passage at the height of transatlantic slave trade. This makes the ¡°comfort women¡± issue one of the largest, unacknowledged, unatoned-for atrocities of the twentieth century.
While it¡¯s unclear how many women were actually kidnapped, conscripted, tricked, sold into sexual slavery?most records were destroyed by administrators afraid of retribution?numbers generally range into the hundreds of thousands. (Differing attrition rates account for the discrepancy).
What is irrefutable, however, is that the comfort women system was systematically organized, planned, administered by the Japanese government. Women had to be issued passports and visas issued by military authorities to travel to far off colonies; comfort women were transported by military ships and convoys; the ¡°comfort stations¡± were usually managed and run by the military (or subcontracted to the military), often inside or adjacent to military bases; and army medics ¡°inspected¡± the women, and also used them for human experimentation: How many times can a woman be raped? How can STD¡¯s be transmitted or prevented?
Japanese Imperial Accountancy guidelines issued instructions on how to depreciate comfort women (as ¡°perishable goods¡±) as part of military inventory, and published fee schedules and calendars to coordinate sexual access of enlisted men and officers. Critics who argue that individual brokers and entrepreneurs created a voluntary, free-market, ¡°entertainment¡± enterprise for the Japanese military fail to understand the fundamentals of logistics of the Japanese military at war, and ignore the basic fact that the Japanese government during the Showa era was a fascist military dictatorship with a command economy that dictated and controlled all aspects of society, including procurement, distribution, and supply: edicts would be given for quotas of rice, resources, laborers, or women; colonies had to obey. This highly integrated, coordinated system of exploitation and trafficking, and its ruthless assembly line rape foreshadows modern day ¡°lean¡± systems of management and production, and it became the template and model for modern day globalized sexual trafficking.
For seventy years, the Japanese government (aided and abetted by the US) denied the existence of the system of comfort women. The small number of women who survived retreated into the shadows, wracked with illness, nightmares, debilitating pain and shame. The majority of them were sterile from the extreme sexual violence, and many carried the secrets of their broken bodies to their graves. Then in 1991, a single Korean woman came out and broke the silence.
¡°What would happen if one woman were to tell the truth of her life? The world would split open¡±, wrote the poet, Muriel Ruykeyser. Kim Hak-sun was that women, and when she came out with her story, she split wide open the closed world of Korean-Japanese history: she gave courage to others to share their stories, and slowly, hesistantly, they came out, to denounce the Japanese, voices trembling from a half-century¡¯s burden of shamed silence and outrage: ¡°Tell the Emperor to kneel before me and ask for mercy¡± said one comfort woman, ¡°I demand an apology?for all of us¡±. As the chorus of voices rose, and the evidence of criminality grew, the Japanese government continued to squirm to evade responsibility, until the burden of denial became bigger than embarrassment of admission. With Korea¡¯s Japanese collaborators on the sidelines, and with active advocacy by the Korean government, the Japanese government relented and in 1993, it issued an ambiguous, pro-forma, soft-core apology?the Kono statement?issued, not by the head of state, but by the chief cabinet secretary, Yohei Kono.
False and Real Apologies
The Kono statement, because it was not delivered and ratified in the Japanese Diet, was not considered to be an official apology with legal standing, but was still hailed by some as an important first step of acknowledgement. In any event, it provided adequate cover to continue to move discussion forward. (The current Abe government, anxious to remove any ambiguity about the status of Kono statement, passed, this time, very clearly and conspicuously in the Diet, a resolution stating unequivocably that the Kono statement was not an official apology). The Japanese government also facilitated the creation of a private reparation fund?the Asian Women¡¯s Fund? that was to collect donations to go to the former victims.
Needless to say, the majority of comfort women refused both the apology and the money. They continued to insist on a real apology.
Specifically, they demanded, with eminent commonsense and reason, the following measures:
* Full acknowledgement of the military sexual slavery implemented by the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan between 1932 to 1945
* Thorough and complete investigation to fully chronicle the scope of the crime
* Formal, official apology from the National Assembly (Diet) of Japan
* Legal and full reparations to all victims
* Full and ongoing education
* Building of memorials to commemorate the victims and preserve the history of sexual slavery by the Japanese Military
* Prosecution of the criminals responsible for the crime
None of these demands have been met by this agreement (or any previous apologies). There is no acknowledgement that this was an official policy of the government, only ambiguous statements of ¡°involvement¡± by the military; generic expression of regret for ¡°pain and suffering¡±, the cause of which is unspecified; the statement of ¡°coercion¡± in the Kono statement is dropped?implying, as the Abe government has always insisted, that the comfort women were voluntary prostitutes; direct legal reparation is sidestepped by the donation of the money to a fund (a paltry amount); formal apology (presented and ratified in the Diet) seems unlikely; and far from investigating, prosecuting perpetrators, and educating about the crime, the ¡°apology¡± comes with a gag order: Korea is henceforth to cease and desist forever in its criticism of Japan; a comfort woman memorial should be taken down; and the issue, as the Japanese foreign minister repeated ad nauseam, is ¡°irrevocably closed¡±. It¡¯s hard to imagine a more total capitulation. If this is apology?then the South Korean government should cease to claim injury?a few more apologies like this, and it will cease to function as a state.
What in the world would have led the Korean government to accept such an absurdity?
Pivoting into Madness
Just as it¡¯s impossible to predict the orbit of the planets without assuming a heliocentric theory with the sun as the gravitational center that determines their movements, it¡¯s impossible to understand the absurd, mercurial, retrograde movements of South Korean politics without looking at the gravitational force of the US. Once this is understood, the absurd, self-defeating actions of South Korean politics: masochistic trade agreements, self-destructive economic policies, the absurd construction of military bases at tremendous environmental, civic, and economic costs, and the signing of this latest agreement become clear and predictable.
For a decade now, the US has planned a ¡°pivot¡± to the Asia Pacific, but even before that, for a century and a half, the US had always considered the pacific to be an ¡°American Lake¡±, and considered its rim countries to be its real or imagined vassals.
Commodore Shufeldt, the signatory of the first Korean-US diplomatic treaty in 1882, expressed that belief in turgid, gendered, purple prose when he wrote, ¡°The pacific is the ocean bride of America?China, Japan & Corea?¡¦are the bridesmaids. ¡¦Let us as Americans?see to it that ¡°the bridegroom cometh¡¦let us determine¡¦.that no commercial rival or hostile flag can float with impunity over the long swell of the pacific sea¡¦..it is on this ocean that the East and the West have thus come together, reaching the point where search for Empire ceases and human power attains its climax.¡±
In similar vein, but with less purple prose, Halford MacKinder, the grandfather of modern geostrategic thinking (along with Afred Thayer Mahan) referred to the Eurasian continent as the ¡°heartland¡± or the ¡°pivot state¡± or center of the ¡°world island¡±.
Mackinder and Mahan¡¯s theories can be contrasted as theories of ¡°land-based¡± power vs. ¡°sea-based¡± power; but both saw the center of the Asian continent to be critical for global dominance.
¡°Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island. Who rules the World-Island commands the World¡±, quipped Mackinder.
Modern International Relations and Geostrategic thinkers in government, academy, thinktank land, and the military are all the children (or bastards) of MacKinder, whether they admit it or not. With the rise of China to ascendancy in Asia, and the ghost of MacKinder haunting their dreams for unipolar power projection in the 21st Century, US geostrategic thinkers?with Hillary Clinton as their spokesperson?reconnoitered the imminent geopolitical shifts and put forth a ¡°Pivot to Asia¡±, in her 2011 article, ¡°America¡¯s Pacific Century¡±: a return to the Pivot state of the global island:
¡°The future of politics will be decided in Asia¡¦. and the United States will be right at the center of the action¡¦One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment ? diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise ? in the Asia-Pacific region¡¦.The Asia-Pacific has become a key driver of global politics.¡¦ A strategic turn to the region fits logically into our overall global effort to secure and sustain America¡¯s global leadership¡±.
What this pivot entails in practical terms is the movement of 60% of US military force to the Asia Pacific to counter China¡¯s influence in the region. It involves, among other things, surrounding China with a necklace of up-armored and refurbished US bases; implementing a doctrine of war/offensive containment (AirSea Battle/JAM-GC); creating bi-lateral & multi-lateral military cooperation agreements, with war games and military coordination exercises; and up-armoring and remilitarizing of the entire region. It also involves hostile, belligerent, and provocative saber-rattling exercises in the South China Sea (China¡¯s key maritime trade route) under the pretext of ¡°freedom of navigation¡± and ¡°joint military exercises¡±; information and cultural warfare in the form of constant demonization of China in the media; and legal warfare (as in the US sponsorship and support of the Philippine government¡¯s suit against China in the UN CLOS arbitration); and last but not least, blockade, isolation, and economic warfare through the proposed Transpacific Partnership ¡°trade¡± agreement.
The Vortex of Vassalage
Key to the pivot is the Korean-Japanese military/political alliance to challenge, contain, threaten, and if necessary take down China: if push comes to shove, Japan is the ¡°unsinkable aircraft carrier¡±, and South Korea is the ¡°beach head¡± or ¡°frontage road¡±. Should war be in the cards, all South Korean troops, equipment, and bases fall under US command by the status of forces agreement. Japan has just nullified its peace constitution and upgraded its military agreements with the US to allow it offensive capacity anywhere in the world. Coordinated intelligence sharing, and linked, inter-operable layered missile defense systems between Korean and Japan are also part of this aggressive forward-leaning strategy. The frictions of the ¡°comfort women¡± issue had been a barrier to effective military coordination: it¡¯s hard to speak of a coordinated pivot to Asia if your partners are not on speaking terms. Now with that out of the way, the Pivot can proceed as planned.
The heads of the two governments had not met until March 2014, in a meeting brokered by Barack Obama: two misbehaving siblings who needed to be told to reconcile and make up by the paterfamilias. This agreement is the final result of that chiding, both children falling in line to remove all obstacles to coordination?economic, political, military? between them. In public and in private, the US state department had been pushing petulantly for this rapprochment, alternately stamping its feet in impatience and putting its foot in its mouth. It has finally gotten its wish; it may yet regret it.
If expediency and geopolitical self-interest rarely make for enlightened policy; historical amnesia, ethical barrel-scraping, and sycophantic servitude are a recipe for disaster. Past Korean history illuminates this agreement as a continuation of unequal, undemocratic, unpopular treaties pushed by US-influenced/manipulated right wing governments. In the case of Park Chung Hee, the current president¡¯s father; these treaties were implemented and managed only with bloodshed and terror.
The military dictator, Park Chung Hee, president from 1961-1979, was a Japanese colonial collaborator in the Japanese Imperial Kwangtung Army. In a situation vaguely prefiguring the present, fear and loathing of Communist Chinese influence in the region pushed the Chair of the US Policy Planning Council Walt Rostow to pressure South Korea to sign a normalization treaty with Japan in 1965. Rostow¡¯s view (telegraphed in his book ¡°Stages of Economic Growth: the Non-Communist Manifesto¡±) was to create a powerful, coordinated, interlocked capitalist bloc between Korea and Japan (and other East Asian countries) as a bulwark against the rising tide of communism in the region. Authoritarian nationalists would be supported in their development to counter the spread of Communist ideology; these countries would focus on an export-oriented development model that would ¡°take off¡±, demonstrating the superiority of Capitalism, and these would challenge rising tides of independence movements with their socialist, import substitution, nationally autonomous economies.
Kishi Nobusuke, the grandfather of the current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was the Japanese Minister of Industry during the Showa Era, and a mentor to Park Chung Hee, when he was a Japanese collaborator. When the treaty needed to be passed, Kishi was drafted into the process, and called in his cards with his loyal former subaltern, Park, who passed the treaty in June of 1965, which renounced all reparation claims on the part of Korea. The people of South Korea exploded in protest and outrage; Park Chung Hee declared martial law arresting, imprisoning, and torturing thousands of people in order to ratify and implement the legislation. Park the daughter may now be looking at the same bleak history.
Meanwhile the Abe government is tap-dancing its way around the comfort women statues towards the munitions depot. It has given away nothing, except a little chump change, it has not apologized or lost face?if anything it has dialed back the apologimeter a few notches from the Kono statement, and it has finally silenced the Korean government, which will silence its people. It has thus cleared the deck for a fascist resurgence and militarization, to undo the last half-century of pacifist lassitude and enervation. Abe subscribes to ultra-right, nationalist, militarist ideologies that dream of Imperial restoration, with a 500 million dollar budget for white-washing its history, and politicians and diplomats rushing forth to badger and intimidate anyone who challenges Japanese dreams of imperial glory past, present, or future.
Pivot or no Pivot, unleashing the Japanese genie may be something to regret. Escalating to a war with China, that would be madness beyond any apology. But history teaches us not to be astonished at the unimaginable. Just ask the comfort Women.