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Whither Coronavirus? When Will It End and What Will Happen Along the Way?
Philip Giraldi on 2020-03-29
The coronavirus story has generated a number of major subplots. First is the origin of the virus. Did it occur naturally or was it created in a Chinese, American or Israeli weapons lab? If bioengineered, did it somehow escape or was it deliberately released?
As the governments that might have been involved in the process have become very tight lipped and the mainstream media is reluctant to embrace conspiracy theories, we the public may never know the answer.
Second is the nature of the virus itself. There are inevitably skeptics who choose to compare the affliction to a common head cold or normal winter flu and are able to cherry pick so-called experts to support their case.
Many Americans are unwilling to submit to a lockdown or isolation and are flaunting their willingness to go out in public and mix freely while others are claiming that the whole thing is a hoax designed to create a panic that will benefit certain constituencies.
There are press reports of teenagers going to supermarkets and faking a sneeze or a cough in the produce section to show their indifference to the infection avoidance guidelines now being promoted by the media and government.
Some critics have also commented regarding the deaths of hundreds of Italians daily, suggesting that in Italy¡¯s health care system old people were deliberately being allowed to die.
The fact is that when critically ill people die in hospitals it is sometimes attributable to triage. Triage arises when there are only limited resources to treat the sick, as in the case recently in the Italian Lombard city of Bergamo where hospitals were overwhelmed.
Doctors must make the decision to treat those who are ill who are likely to survive as a first priority, meaning that others will only receive limited treatment. Italy has roughly the same number of hospital beds as does the United States per capita and it has more ventilators capable of being used to treat the advanced stages of the virus.
It also is receiving assistance from both China and Russia on testing supplies and additional ventilators and masks. Italy has conducted far more coronavirus tests than has the U.S. The northern Italian medical services system was up to European standards, better than what prevails in the U.S., but it has been broken by the virus.
Spain is heading the same way and there are similar concerns about France.
In spite of all the ideologically driven background clutter, genuinely knowledgeable medical authorities come down overwhelmingly promoting the view that the virus is highly contagious and capable of spreading rapidly, making it a pandemic, and it can be exceptionally lethal to certain demographics, including the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
The way of combatting it also appears to be agreed upon by most genuine experts i.e. that testing must be widespread to determine who is infected and those individuals should be isolated from contact with others for at least two weeks to limit the spread of the contagion.
For those whose conditions worsen, hospitalization and treatment for possible respiratory failure are warranted.
The third big issue is the apparently deliberate failure of the Trump Administration to respond proactively to limit the spread of the virus. Seeking to protect the stock market more than the American public, President Donald Trump initially downplayed the impact of the virus, even calling it a ¡°hoax¡± during January and February when it first appeared on U.S. soil.
It turned out that several institutes affiliated to the Center for Disease Control to deal with epidemics had been dismantled by the Administration and, in spite of the warning provided by what was occurring in Wuhan, the U.S. made no effort to increase its supply of testing kits, masks or ventilators.
Meanwhile, congressmen were receiving dire warnings of what was coming from the intelligence community in private briefings, leading to a number of senators selling their stock in anticipation of a market collapse. That is something called insider trading and it is illegal. It is also a measure of the corruption of America¡¯s ruling class.
The fourth major subplot relates to what will come out of the pandemic once it is over, if it is indeed defeated at all. Critics rightly observe that the government response both at federal and state levels might well be a major overreaction to a health crisis that could possibly be dealt with using a lighter hand.
Donald Trump has now called himself a ¡°wartime president,¡± a particularly odd conceit in that America¡¯s chief executive officer dodged the Vietnam war draft. Trump is now providing daily rambling briefings emphasizing that his administration deserves a ¡°10 out or 10¡± for its yeoman¡¯s work against coronavirus.
The real story is that the president personally inhibited initial efforts to respond to the disease and he is now attempting to regain lost ground by supporting draconian measures to include cash payments to all American residents, even to people who do not need the money.
The money itself will have to be borrowed or printed, putting the United States even deeper in debt.
Based on his wartime status, the president and his cabinet are poised to exploit Civil War and Korean War legislation to assume powers over the economy and will likely arrange bailouts of some industries that will then acquire the government as a partner.
The now declared ¡°national emergency¡± will undoubtedly come to include some forms of martial law to enforce the isolation of targeted populations and it is also being reported that the Justice Department has asked Congress to allow judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during the ¡°emergency.¡±
As we have learned from the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act and the Authorization to Use Military Force, allegedly temporary powers acquired by the executive branch have frequently become permanent. Unrestrained power in the hands of a Trump or Biden should frighten anyone who is still interested in voting in November.
There is some speculation that Trump might well follow the example being set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Israel has banned foreign visitors, is under 24 hours curfew and is effectively in lockdown. It is using cell phone intercepts provided by the intelligence services to track the comings and goings of Israeli residents.
The monitoring is being justified as a mechanism to create a record of who is meeting whom and where to support isolation and lockdown efforts. A similar program is already active in the suburbs around Washington.
The National Security Agency (NSA) already has the technical ability in place that would permit monitoring of the movements of much of the U.S. population. It would be an intelligence community dream and would fit quite nicely with Congress¡¯s recent efforts to re-authorization certain Patriot Act aspects of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Fifth and finally, there is the politicization aspect of coronavirus. The virus is being ¡°blamed¡± on China, a global competitor of the United States. As is often the case, Trump has gotten the ball rolling through his usual verbal toxicity, calling the virus the Chinese Virus or Wuhan Virus. Other Republicans have picked up on the theme, leading to the inevitably Democratic progressive wing complaints that such language was ¡°racist.¡± The fact it, there is no evidence whatsoever that China in any deliberate way either created or unleashed the virus.
And, of course, there is Russia. It would almost seem an old joke that is no longer amusing to blame something new and menacing on Moscow and congress has so far largely refrained from doing so. But that does not mean that the Deep State establishment is holding the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin blameless.
The U.S. intelligence community, through its preferred propaganda sheet the New York Times, is now reporting that Russia is taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis to spread disinformation through Europe and also in the U.S.
In particular, Putin has escalated a campaign-by-innuendo to reduce confidence in the outcome of the upcoming 2020 presidential election. In any event, the Russians are too late as the Democratic and Republican parties¡¯ behavior has already convinced many Americans that voting in November will be a waste of time.
Rodong Sinmun Calls for Living and Struggling in Sprit of Mt Paektu
Pyongyang, March 16 (KCNA) -- The dynamic march toward the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is a manifestation of ardent wish and steadfast will of our people to break through head-on all the barriers and steadily carry on the lifeline of the Juche revolution with the revolutionary faith, fighting spirit and grit of the anti-Japanese forerunners, says Rodong Sinmun in an editorial Monday.
The editorial goes on:
The march toward the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is aimed to dynamically advance the revolutionary cause of Juche by deeply grasping and successfully carrying forward the revolutionary traditions of Mt Paektu.
At the present hard time, it is keenly necessary for us to hold the indomitable revolutionary faith, matchless guts and pluck of the anti-Japanese forerunners.
The hot wind of expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is a storm of training in a revolutionary way all our officials, Party members and other working people, service personnel and youth and students to be staunch fighters who will brave any adversity.
The truth of the revolution, the truth of worthwhile life to be grasped through the expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu associated with the idea of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, the revolutionary idea of our Party and the indomitable revolutionary will of the anti-Japanese forerunners will be the eternal treasures of life.
The hot wind of expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is the one of creation to make everyone ceaselessly perform miracles and feats in the ongoing drive for building a powerful country.
Our dignity and glory, eternal victory and prosperity depend on living and struggling in the spirit of Mt Paektu. -0-
KCNA Commentary Warns of Japan's Move for Military Power
Pyongyang, February 11 (KCNA) -- Japan's military acts of wrecking the regional peace and stability are still going on.
On Feb. 9 it launched the latest spy satellite Optical 7 into space with the aim of intensifying the surveillance of "missile launching station" and other military facilities of the DPRK.
It came at a time when the world expresses great concern at the unstable situation pervading the Korean peninsula and the region. Such move is never tolerable.
This is a clear act of aggression against the DPRK and shows vividly that Japan has further intensified its move to turn itself into a military giant.
It is a known fact that the Japanese reactionaries designated the Korean peninsula as its first target in realizing its ambition for reinvasion.
The ultra-rightists of the island nation set the conquest of the peninsula as the primary goal in realizing the aged plan of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" which they didn't fulfill in the last century, and have long made military preparations for the plan.
And now Japan's "Self-Defense Forces" have grown to be an actual regular army with the same arms, services and commanding systems as the Imperial Japanese Army, and are second in attack capability only to the U.S. forces in the Western world.
In particular, space, a great asset common to humankind, has been turned into a military theatre of the war criminal state Japan, owing to its decades-long moves for the weaponization of outer space.
Japan has launched as many as over 100 satellites till now since its first one in February 1970, and has 7 spy satellites which it operates openly advertising as the ones for collecting information about the DPRK.
The then Minister of Defence Iwaya said at a news conference on May 14 last year that Japan established multilayer system using not only the information collection satellites of the government but also commercial satellites to strengthen the surveillance on the DPRK. This fact proves that Japan's spying acts against the DPRK have, in reality, been conducted more frantically under the mobilization of an extremely great number of satellites.
Moreover, a "space operation corps" which is planned to be newly organized by the politicians of the island country, also omens more dangerous attack on the DPRK in the outer space and this, therefore, highlights the danger of Japan rushing headlong into militarism.
What matters is that the armed forces of the SDF which the island country is extremely expanding under the pretext of "threats from north Korea" do not aim at only the DPRK.
Undisguised hostility toward neighboring countries, territorial ambition and the moves of SDF that started its activities in the global scale go to clearly prove that the island nation's reinvasion against Korea can develop into the one against the entire region in a moment.
The same is the case for the spy satellite recently launched by the Japanese reactionaries.
A Chinese expert in an article contributed to a Chinese media said that Japan has persistently pulled up the DPRK as evidenced by the military moves including the launch of spy satellite, noting that no one should be taken in by this.
The article continued that in many cases, it is no more than a trick and a pretext for Japan to take the road of turning itself into a major military power. In fact, Japan's spy satellite also has neighboring countries of the DPRK as the targets of priority surveillance, to say nothing of the DPRK. This is as clear as noonday, the article added.
Japan's arms buildup is an act of aggression against the DPRK and a move to seize the hegemony in the region for the purpose of becoming the "leader of Asia".
Sharp vigilance should be kept against Japan's military action going against the desire of mankind for peace and security. -0-
Japan's Crime-woven Past Can Never Be Covered: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, January 8 (KCNA) -- Evidence and data laying bare the crime of sexual slavery committed by Japan have been brought to light one after another.
At the end of last year, a hall storing data on wartime women and peace in Sinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis of Japan updated and posted on its website a map recording the places where the Imperial Japanese Army kept women sexual slaves, 10 years after its opening to the public. The map, made on the basis of official documents found in different countries, records thousands of data on 23 countries or regions.
A Japanese university professor said that there exist data gained through investigation into specific countries and regions, but the recent map is of great significance as it carries collected and pigeonholed data on "comfort stations" across the Asia-Pacific region occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army, adding that it will serve as a database for investigating the issue of sexual slavery.
This shows that the crime of sexual slavery committed by the Japanese imperialists is a historical fact that can never be covered up and the truth behind the crime is being made clearer with the passage of time.
As well known, the Japanese imperialists, prompted by a wild dream to become "the leader of Asia", unleashed a war of aggression in the last century and committed the crime of sexual slavery, an unprecedented hideous crime against humanity that was enforced in an organized and systematic way by the government and the military.
The Japanese imperialists took women of many Asian countries like Korea, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia and even European women to battle fields to satisfy the carnal desire of the extremely corrupt "imperial army", thereby brutally trampling down the dignity and rights of the women.
Regarding Korea as a main base for supplying sexual slaves, in particular, Japan kidnapped or abducted a total of 200 000 Korean women, including married women and even 11 year-old girls, to make them subject to all sorts of disgrace, and massacred them without hesitation to destroy evidence.
But the Japanese reactionaries shamelessly repudiate the crime-woven history that has become irrefutable by testimonies made by survivors, confessions made by those involved in the crime and continuous discovery of documentary evidence.
They, not content with insulting victims of sexual slavery with such expressions as "prostitutes" and "voluntary services for money," specified in a "diplomatic blue book" that the phrase "sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army" should not be used.
Japan's political swindle such as denial and justification of the crime-woven history of aggression is designed to flee from the legal and moral obligation i.e. the atonement for the past, and lay the foundation of militarism for the realization of the outdated old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere".
But it is a foolish dream.
The Japanese reactionaries' denial of the past crimes will only boost the world's vigilance over and hatred for Japan, a criminal state.
The Japanese authorities should choose a correct way before it is too late, mindful that their shameless act will never bring them the confidence of the world people but lead the archipelagoes to miserable ruin.
A priority task for them is the liquidation of the past crimes. -0-
KCNA Report on Completion of Yangdok Hot Spring Cultural Recreation Center
Pyongyang, December 8 (KCNA) -- Thanks to the steadfast idea of the Workers' Party of Korea of believing in the people as in Heaven and its energetic leadership, the remote mountainous area in Yangdok, which remained intact for thousands of years, has turned into a splendid hot spring cultural recreation center.
Soldiers of the People's Army and other builders worked a construction miracle by showily building a comprehensive hot spring cure center, multi-functional sports and cultural complex conducive to promoting the civilized life and health of the people in a matter of less than one year.
The modern service facilities, single- and multi-storied dwelling houses, a skiing ground, a horse-riding park, etc. perfect in terms of formative art, reciprocity, connectivity and practicality are organized nature-and environment-friendly. Therefore, the Yangdok Hot Spring Cultural Recreation Center has become the icon of the Korean-style architecture and construction to which the Juche-oriented idea of architectural beauty with the people-first principle, Korean nation-first principle as a core is thoroughly applied.
The Korean Central News Agency Saturday released a report stating that the Yangdok Hot Spring Cultural Recreation Center is a proud creation of the new times, which was built by the noble love of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un for the people and his energetic leadership.
The report said that Kim Jong Un, with a plan to let the people fully enjoy cultural and leisure activities having hot spring bath and doing skiing and riding, devoted himself to developing the hot spring resort, scrutinizing a distribution chart of hot springs across the country.
He visited hot spring area in Yangdok County in August and October, Juche 107 (2018) and chose the area of Onjong-ri as the right and the best place for hot spring recreation. Then he unfolded a grandiose blueprint for successfully building a wonderful and comprehensive resort conducive to the promotion of the people's health and their leisure activities.
He gave instructions to push forward the resort development project at a high level to be a national example and representative of the hot spring culture of the country. He also clearly indicated correct directions and ways for completing the project in the shortest time and took measures to provide strong building forces and materials.
Thanks to the great trust in the People's Army placed by the Supreme Leader who said that the project would be hastened as planned and intended by the Party when the People's Army undertakes it, the People's Army became the main force for the project.
During his visit to the resort under construction in April, he said that the people would like it if a skiing ground was built nearby, and saw to it that all the problems in building the skiing ground were solved.
The field-guidance given by him in August, October and November brought about a gigantic creation and change, further stirring the construction site of creating a new culture for the people.
Kim Jong Un guided up to 2 000 layouts of the resort to make sure that it is built into an icon and standard of modern architecture, in which Juche character, national character and originality are in perfect harmony.
His outstanding leadership was the driving force for victory.
The report dealt with the feats of service personnel and the people of South Phyongan and Kangwon Provinces, noting that they launched the building project in Yangdok in Nov. 2018.
It also elaborated on the efforts made by the railway workers to build a railway section leading up to the resort, the fact that youth shock brigade members gave full play to their mettle and courage in the building of a new railway station and that the People's Army, ministries and national institutions upgraded local industrial establishments so as to contribute to strengthening the material and economic foundations of Yangdok County.
The report stressed that the miraculous victory that crowned this year's struggle left in history the iron truth that the people-first principle maintained by the WPK and its great idea of self-prosperity and its powerful guidance will always bring victories despite whatever severe storms and that socialist Korea will be prosperous forever as all the people staunchly advance, rallied behind the leader in single mind. -0-
KCNA Commentary on U.S. Pressure on S. Korea over Renewal of GSOMIA
Pyongyang, November 20 (KCNA) -- The U.S. pressure on south Korea is getting stronger as the expiration date of the general security of military intelligence agreement (GSOMIA) is near at hand.
Those concerned of the State Department and the Defense Department flied to Seoul one after another to pressurize south Korea to retract its decision to scrap GSOMIA. The U.S. Congress and even the U.S. embassy in south Korea are joining them.
They are pressurizing south Korea every day to mend its relations with Japan, as evidenced by their loud talk about "security cooperation between south Korea, the U.S. and Japan" and "importance of intelligence sharing between allies" at a meeting of the south Korea-U.S. military commission on Nov. 14, annual security consultative meeting on Nov. 15 and the talks between defense ministers of the U.S., Japan and south Korea in Thailand on Nov. 17.
As far as GSOMIA high on the agenda is concerned, it was hastily concluded by traitor Pak Geun Hye with Japan in a bid to remain in power with the backing of outside forces and by taking advantage of the chaotic political situation in south Korea in 2016 when she was in the worst fix due to revelations about her high-profile political scandals.
The agreement, which is utterly harmful to the stability of the Korean peninsula and the region, was rejected and condemned by the public as the "Second Ulsa (1905) Treaty", when its conclusion came up for discussion. A decision on its abrogation was finally made in August to meet the strong demand of the people in south Korea angered by Japan's history distortion and economic invasion.
It was a due decision and another victory achieved by the candlelight demonstrators in south Korea.
This being a hard fact, the U.S. is openly interfering in the internal affairs of south Korea, forcing the south Korean authorities to submit to the demand of the island country. This brings to light for whom the agreement is necessary.
Historically, the sensitive issue of intelligence sharing between the assailant Japan and the victim south Korea had been a very serious social and historical issue. So, its conclusion was impossible without the U.S. manipulation and pressure.
In a bid to keep its two servants at odds more firmly bound by the triangular military alliance and use them as a shock brigade for realizing its strategy of world hegemony and secure "core military intelligence about north Korea" in particular, the U.S. has concentrated its efforts on the conclusion and maintenance of the agreement.
The U.S. once kept mum about Japan's economic sanction on south Korea, terming it an "affair to be tackled by south Korea and Japan."
But it is desperately pressurizing south Korea to renew GSOMIA, which south Korea decided to abrogate as a retaliatory step. This sheds light on the black-hearted intention of the U.S. which makes no scruple of reducing south Korea to an economic colony and vassal one of Japan for the sake of their military interests.
Japan is buoyed up by its master's stance and is more arrogantly behaving and this enrages the public.
The majority of the respondents in a recent opinion poll conducted in south Korea called for ending GSOMIA as scheduled. At protest rallies being held every day, south Koreans are vocal in urging the U.S. not to pressurize south Korea to extend GSOMIA and calling for ending the slave-master relations between south Korea and the U.S.
Now the south Korean authorities have two options -- whether to cave in to the pressure by the outsiders or accept the demand of the popular masses.
The south Korean authorities should bear in mind that if it adopts a low attitude, it will commit high treason against the nation that can never be pardoned. -0-
Japan's Intention to Use Flag of War Criminal State at Olympics Reveals Its Ambition of Aggression: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, November 13 (KCNA) -- Japan posted an explanation in Korean about the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" on its foreign ministry homepage on the threshold of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
It noted that "the flag had been used from long ago as the flag of big haul or the flag of congratulating childbirth in Japan", describing it as a "symbol of peace."
But any part of the explanation does not mention the fact that last century the imperial Japanese army invaded Asian countries including Korea, flying the flag, and brought countless misery and pain to the peoples in the region.
In order to counter the moves getting stronger against the use of the flag, the Japanese reactionaries shamelessly explain that they showed correct information about the flag in Korean.
What is more enraging is the reckless quibbling of Japanese politicians that the display of the flag is not a political propaganda.
As the saying goes, the thief is afraid of his own shadow, their poor excuse reveals that they are trying to use the Tokyo Olympics as a theater for political propaganda to incite militarism and a springboard for realizing their ambition of reinvasion.
The "flag of rising sun shedding rays" which was the battle flag of the imperial Japanese army is still causing condemnation and censure among all the world people as a symbol of militarism and aggression.
To post the Korean-version explanation on an official government-run homepage to advertise the blood-stained flag of the war criminal state is an impatient insult to the Korean people who suffered from dreadful misery and pain by the Japanese imperialists and a part of the aggression policy to justify the past crimes and to realize long-cherished dream of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere."
Japan has never given up its old ambition to stretch out its tentacles of aggression to the continent again as it did in the last century and dominate the world after the defeat in World War II.
In fact, all the policies mapped out by Japan for the past decades are oriented toward this.
Japan "Self-Defence Forces" have developed into war forces capable to carry out overseas aggression at any time and steps for retrogressive revision of the constitution to get the legal guarantee for a war are persistently being made.
It is the present reality of Japan that the frantic atmosphere for militarism is being heated up in the archipelago through the impudent distortion of history to embellish its past crimes and moves of provocations over territory.
The Japanese reactionaries recently posted on the homepage of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games and carried in publications on the Olympics a map marking Tok Island as a part of Japan's territory and the East Sea of Korea as "the Sea of Japan" and decided to display the flag at the stadium of the Olympic Games.
They are going to preferentially deploy Patriot missiles in the unit of the capital and inciting war atmosphere while staging missile deployment drill in the middle of Tokyo, talking about "anti-terrorism" and "threat" from someone.
The Abe group is loudly advertising the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" as traditional symbol of Japan. Their intention is to legalize the use of the flag of the war criminal state as "symbol of peace" with the sacred Olympic Games as a momentum and rewrite the blood-stained history of aggression under the flag.
This is not the way for Japan, a war criminal state and defeated nation. The international community is keeping strict watch on Japan rushing headlong along the road of aggression, instead of admitting its past crimes and making an apology and reparation for them. -0-
KCNA Commentary Urges S. Korean Authorities to Be Prudent
Pyongyang, October 24 (KCNA) -- The south Korean military authorities have become keen on introducing ultra-modern military hardware targeting the DPRK.
At the recent "parliamentary inspection of the administration", the military warmongers called for developing and updating lots of military hardware such as laser-guided anti-air weaponry, cyber and electronic warfare equipment, nuclear-powered sub, large transport ship and coastal detector and bringing in various sorts of sophisticated arms and weapons including stealth fighters, air tanker and drone allegedly to cope with threats from the DPRK.
The record arms buildup now pushed forward at the expense of astronomical amount of money by south Korea, not content with those that have already been brought for aggression, is an act of defiance against the Koreans and the international community aspiring after stability and peace on the Korean peninsula and in the region.
From the beginning of this year, the south Korean military group has persisted in the introduction of offensive weapons including F-35A and held more aggression war drills with outsiders than last year, maintaining that "there is no change in military posture despite the south-north agreement in the military field".
The arms and weapons which the south Korean military is going to develop and bring are all aggression means evidently targeting the DPRK and dangerous elements bringing serious harm to the stability of the region in the light of the purpose of their introduction and their strategic usage and capabilities in the sky, land and sea.
This reveals the hypocritical and sinister aim sought by the south Korean authorities who never open their mouth without the call for detente of military tension, building of confidence and improvement of ties.
Criticism of the present authorities is heard nonstop from the broad spectrum of the south Koreans over the military expenditure which far surpasses that under the conservative regimes. They are accusing the authorities of exploiting people by imposing the heavy burden of the upkeep for the U.S. forces in south Korea on them while engaging in escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen, in disregard of their hardships.
The south Korean authorities are obliged to reflect on their dirty act of treachery and perfidy of reneging on the historic north-south agreement, before talking about the threats from someone.
We have warned more than once the south Korean authorities against their act of undermining trust, backtracking on the commitments and getting engrossed in the reckless arms buildup.
They should exercise prudence, clearly foreseeing what catastrophic fate they will meet for their continued military frenzy in defiance of the censure inside and outside. -0-
KCNA Commentary on LKP Derided Even by Children in South Korea
Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- The "Liberal Korea Party", the party of conservative traitors in south Korea, is finding itself in a piteous plight as it has become the laughingstock of even the youth and children, to say nothing of the people of various circles.
A typical example is a song in demand of the dissolution of the LKP composed by the vanguard of the youth and children for reunification made up of pupils of elementary and secondary schools.
The song entitled "Number song for dissolution of the LKP" interprets the numbers from one to ten, lampooning and ridiculing the party of traitors which is being criticized and denounced by the people for its evil deeds.
The song is the stern death sentence passed on the LKP by the rising generation which will represent the future, and reflection of the public mindset to stamp out the group of traitors.
To look back upon history, the gentries of the LKP have always been peerless criminals who have seriously threatened even the future of the youth and children, not content with ruthlessly trampling down the livelihood and rights of the people to satisfy their sinister political desire.
The conservative group enticed parents of innocent pupils to vote for them with its honeyed election promises like "half registration fee" but has resorted to unpopular educational policy of rendering education commercial and reactionary.
As a result, a lot of young people have led a deprived life as day laborers and committed suicide after abandoning their dreams and ideals in dark society ruled by conservative regimes.
It is very natural that the then Segye Ilbo of south Korea deplored the south Korean society preventing the sound growth of children.
When children were miserably buried at sea, the conservative group showed a poker face, leaving indelible scars in the hearts of their parents and grandparents, and insulted the parents as "body dealers". Now they are working hard to repeat their evil deed while beautifying their past. This leaves south Korean youth and children hard to repress surging indignation at them.
That's why the children are singing such a song, not children's song.
Actively responding to the song being sung by naive children, south Korean people from all walks of life are expressing their determination to liquidate the LKP and build a progressive society at any cost.
The daily-growing public mindset against the LKP will certainly lead to the second candlelight demonstration for stamping out the group of traitors.
The LKP can never escape the stern judgment by the people as it commits unpardonable crimes against the country and the nation while swimming against the public mindset and the trend of the times. -0-
KCNA Commentary Blames Japan's Move to Release Radioactive Water into Sea
Pyongyang, September 4 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are about to bring horrible disaster to the Korean nation and humanity.
Some time ago, Greenpeace disclosed that the Japanese government is planning to release a large quantity of contaminated water into sea, as the capacity of the storage tank of radioactive water at the Fukushima Atomic Power Plant reaches its limit in 2020.
In case Japan discharges over 1 100 000 tons of radioactive water into the sea, even the waters around Jeju Island will be polluted in a few months and the whole East Sea of Korea in a year and subsequently the whole Pacific Ocean will be reduced into a "sea of death", causing serious harm to humanity.
This clearly shows the brutal nature peculiar to Japan which does not hesitate to destroy the world ecological environment and victimize mankind for its interests.
Many countries operate nuclear power plants in the world but it is only Japan, a barbarous state, that openly announces the discharge of nuclear waste, threatening even the existence of other countries and nations.
Japan, the first victim of nuclear disaster in the world, has told over and over again about the damage and aftereffects it has suffered, whenever opportunity avails itself.
But, the disclosure of Japan's plan for discharging polluted water proves that the Japanese government's outcries over nuclear disaster and its aftereffects are little short of hypocrisy and Japan is deeply steeped in gangster-like disposition to harm other countries and nations and even the whole mankind for self-interest.
The first victim to suffer huge damage caused by Japan's release of radioactive water is none other than the Korean peninsula.
Now, all Koreans are convulsed with indignation against Japan, a war criminal state which committed heinous crimes against the Korean nation and humanity in the past and is still perpetrating new unethical crimes, far from making an apology and reparation for the past crimes.
Japan is, indeed, the centuries-long sworn enemy that has always remained harmful to the Korean nation.
The Basel Convention effectuated in 1992 and amended and supplemented this year bans dumping harmful wastes out of border in order to protect the environment of the earth.
Japan's plan for discharge of contaminated water is an open challenge to the international convention and a crime seriously threatening the existence and security of mankind.
The Korean nation and the international community will never allow the islanders to contaminate the sea, a precious asset common to mankind, with nuclear waste. -0-
KCNA Commentary Urges S. Korea to Drop Stand Submissive toward U.S.
Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) -- The south Korean authorities are in trouble now under the pressure from the U.S. for increased "funds for defence" ahead of the 11th negotiations on the "special agreement on sharing the expenses for defence funds".
Keeping pressurizing south Korea to fulfill its obligation to contribute to military defence offered by the U.S. forces, the U.S. speaks loudly about its ally's promise to pay more money and the start of the negotiations for increased payment to the U.S.
The U.S. State Department recently emphasized that the increased "funds for defence" has been one of issues that the U.S. has pushed forward in a bid to make it an established fact even before the start of the negotiations.
What matters is that the south Korean authorities are showing a leaning toward accepting the U.S. gangster-like demand, while talking about "correct standard" and "improvement of supply method" regarding the "defence funds". This is a truly senseless act.
As known, the presence of the U.S. forces in south Korea is pursuant to the U.S. strategic purpose to perpetuate the country's division and put the world under its control.
The south Koreans have long strongly demanded the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from south Korea as the forces commit only crimes like murder and robbery.
But a long line of the past south Korean rulers went mean, offering nearly one trillion won of funds as the upkeep for the U.S. forces every year, far from taking out the root cause that destroys the regional security and imposes only disaster on the people.
It was under this patronage that the U.S. has grown greedier enough to choose south Korea as the first target of its plan for drastic increase in the defence funds out of the countries and regions in which its forces are stationed. And such insulting words are openly heard from the U.S. that it is much easier to get defence funds from south Korea than to collect an apartment rent.
The U.S. gangster-like act of considering south Korea as a target of plunder and a faithful servant for meeting its greedy interests is an inevitable result produced by the south Korean authorities' servile policy submitting to the U.S.
Concession to aggression-minded outsiders instead of standing up against them will bring tremendous misfortune, pain and disaster to the people.
The south Korean authorities must drop the shameful submissive stand toward the U.S. -0-
KCNA Commentary Terms S. Korean Authorities Harasser of Peace and Stability
Pyongyang, August 10 (KCNA) -- Of late, the south Korean authorities are getting more frantic in their moves for modernizing military hardware, which is a root cause of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
They are pushing ahead with a plan for building warships including a light aircraft carrier-class transport ship and three new-type Aegis warships on the plea of "diverse security threats" together with the purchase of ultra-modern military hardware like F-35A, means for intercepting aerial targets and Global Hawk.
This is a dangerous act of escalating military tensions on the Korean peninsula as it is part of war preparations against the DPRK.
It is nobody's secret that the south Korea is going to purchase 40 F-35As as part of the plan for establishing the "anti-north preemptive strike system 'Kill Chain'" which was mapped out by the south Korean military warmongers when traitor Park Geun Hye was in power.
The south Korean military is going to specify in the "plan for future relocation of ground troops" an evil scheme for deploying its armed forces throughout the DPRK. From this fact, it is not hard to guess what the purpose of the modernization of military hardware is.
Nevertheless, the confrontational maniacs claim that "the arms buildup is for defense and not contrary to the south-north agreements", which is a height of shamelessness.
The steady reinforcement of offensive military hardware in south Korea, a recognized biggest powder magazine in the Far East, will only increase the danger of war on this land with each passing day and further deepen mistrust and hostility between the north and the south.
All the facts prove that the south Korean authorities hell-bent on arms buildup against the dialogue partner are the arch criminal escalating tension in the Korean peninsula and wrecker of its peace and stability.
The Korean nation still remember the crime-woven careers of the south Korean rulers who had overruled the historic north-south agreements and provoked confrontation against the fellow countrymen to drive the inter-Korean relations to a catastrophic phase.
Hostility towards the fellow countrymen and pursuance of confrontation will only bring ruin. -0-
KCNA Commentary Slams Japan as Harasser of Regional Peace
Pyongyang, July 23 (KCNA) -- Japan has become desperate in its efforts to incite hostility toward the DPRK.
It has persistently insisted on complete implementation of the anachronistic "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK in the international arena. Recently it reeled off the rhetoric that "missiles of north Korea can be intercepted by exercising the right to collective self-defence".
This is an indication of its black-hearted intention to stain the DPRK, dutiful guardian of peace, as "a country posing threat" and make the international community believe in it.
As known, the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is developing favorably thanks to the sincere efforts made by the DPRK on its own initiative.
The world people extend support and encouragement to the DPRK which has brought about the atmosphere of peace.
At this time, Japan, which should make a sigh of relief for it has called for "peace" often, is making a string of groundless rhetoric only to show its displeasure with the changed situation.
What could be its reason?
Historically, Japan has been the enemy of peace which has run amuck for confrontation and war moves under the veil of peace.
In the first half of the last century, it drenched the Asian continent in the sea of blood, clamoring for the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere". After its defeat in the war, it justified its past crimes as "just ones to protect itself from the aggression by the European powers", getting keen on the farce of chauvinist reinvasion.
Under the signboard of "active pacifism" the present authorities have gone hell-bent on revamping the constitution into war constitution and augmenting the offensive and aggressive nature of the "Self-defence Forces" with massive military expenditure, thereby stepping up military deployment to different parts of the world.
It's natural that such an island country can not be pleased with detente and the DPRK spearheading the situation as this creates a stumbling block in Japan's militarization moves.
That's why the Japanese government trumpets about "threat from north Korea" even risking diplomatic isolation.
Its aim is to make the "threat" from the DPRK a fait accompli, turn back the regional situation from developing favorably and fish in troubled waters to realize its ambition for reinvasion through the escalation of tensions.
But this is just a daydream.
The more the Japanese reactionaries fault the righteous DPRK, the more they will disclose its nature as a harasser of peace in the eyes of the international community.
Japan had better know who its rival is and what the trend of the times is.
It will face permanent ruin, if it keeps behaving like a puppy knowing no fear of a tiger. -0-
KCNA Commentary Hits Japan for Its Unreasonable Restrictions on Exports to South Korea
Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) -- Amid the ever mounting anti-Japanese sentiment in south Korea over the restrictions on exports to south Korea, the chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan said on July 16 that the restrictions were not a retaliatory measure but they were taken for "appropriate control of exports aimed at security".
His remarks are no more than vague explanation made by the guy who was upset by bitter public protest against issues like "suspicions of south Korea's exports of strategic materials to north Korea", all of which Japan described as pretexts for the restrictions after the south Korean court decisions ordering Japanese companies to compensate victims of forced labor during Japan's colonial rule.
Question is, just how the Japanese authorities explained, why they chose the present juncture for the restrictions on exports to south Korea.
Externally Japan finds itself isolated in the international arena, marginalized by the trend of peace in the Korean peninsula and the region, and faces an important political event, that is, the election of the House of Councilors at home.
It can be said that now is a crucial political moment for the Japanese politicians.
The Japanese reactionaries versed in drawing water to their mill at the sacrifice of others try to sacrifice south Korea, which they consider as an entity easy to deal with in the region, in a bid to get rid of their crisis at home and abroad.
And they are trying to destroy the trend of peace on the Korean Peninsula by putting pressure upon south Korea through the restrictions in a bid to create a political atmosphere favorable for realizing their wild militaristic ambition.
Furthermore, they seek to attain a medium- and long-term goal to deal a blow at the south Korean economy, arouse dissatisfaction at the authorities among south Koreans and thus help the south Korean pro-Japanese traitors, who were driven into a tight corner, come back to power.
On the other hand, they have carefully calculated to make their master undesirous of the aggravated south Korea-Japan ties consider the interests of Japan marginalized over the issue of the Korean peninsula.
They also seek to give a positive impact on the unity of and support for the rightwing forces at home through tightened restrictions on exports to south Korea so as to hold elections of the House of Councilors without difficulties and realize their long-desired aims including the revision of the Constitution.
Doing so will suffice Japan's political and diplomatic interests to help it make up for the loss from the deteriorating south Korea-Japan relations.
South Korean media and civic and public organizations stage a courageous struggle to lay bare the shameless sinister aim of Japan and protest against the unreasonable retaliatory economic measures.
This is the eruption of towering hatred and anger of the south Koreans towards the Japanese reactionaries attempting to wreck the hard-won peace in the Korean peninsula and the region by realizing their sinister political ambition at the sacrifice of south Korea.
All the fellow countrymen should take this opportunity to properly show the sworn enemy the strong spirit and mettle of the Korean people who love justice and never tolerate injustice. -0-
Rodong Sinmun on Self-Sustenance and Self-Support
Pyongyang, July 14 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun on Sunday says in an article that self-sustenance and self-support serve as a foundation of existence and development of a state and its motive power.
One is seriously mistaken if one seeks other's help in today's world in which national egoism is rampant and the cupidity of big powers has reached the extremes, says the article.
It goes on: Only self-sustenance and self-support guarantee the sovereignty of the country and nation and their rights to existence and development.
Holding aloft the banner of self-sustenance and self-support is a bed-rock principle to be consistently maintained and thoroughly applied in the whole process of building a state, not a temporary countermeasure for breaking the present deadlock.
It is an important requirement for demonstrating before the world the dignity and might of Juche Korea to hold aloft the banner of self-sustenance and self-support.
To hold aloft the banner of self-sustenance and self-support guarantees the dignity of the nation and prosperity of the state.
The people strong in self-respect pave the way for self-reliance and self-sufficiency without the slightest vacillation.
It is an urgent requirement for speeding up the socialist economic construction to hold aloft the banner of self-sustenance and self-support.
If one is strong in self-sustenance and self-support, one can do anything and conquer any fortress.
There are not a few things that are in short supply for the Korean people at present. But as there are the patriotic people who build up socialism by their own efforts with self-support, the DPRK can successfully make amazing development which is beyond imagination.
The fever of the spirit of self-reliance represents the speed of economic construction.
The Korean people will create the world-startling myth of economic construction by relying on their peculiar method of development and strong efforts. -0-
KCNA Commentary Urges U.S., S. Korean Authorities to Stop Planned Joint Military Exercises
Pyongyang, June 28 (KCNA) -- The U.S. and the south Korean authorities have become intent on the preparations for joint military exercises Alliance 19-2 which they agreed to hold this coming August.
In April they made a tentative decision to hold Alliance 19-2 from August 11 to 20 to replace Ulji Freedom Guardian.
Now they build up the public opinion to justify the exercises after making them an established one.
As part of the moves, the acting U.S. Defense secretary during his recent visit to south Korea had talks with the south Korean Defense minister where he announced to go ahead with Alliance 19-2 as scheduled, claiming "south Korea and the U.S. are ready to counter any act of the north disturbing stability."
This indicates their sinister intention to proceed with the exercises in defiance of the repeated warnings from the DPRK. This, therefore, amounts to a wanton challenge to the desire and expectation of all the Koreans and the international community for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and an act to create the atmosphere of confrontation and danger of war again.
Now the entire Korean nation and the international community earnestly hope that durable and lasting peace would settle on the peninsula through the thorough implementation of the historic Singapore DPRK-U.S. joint statement, north-south declarations and the north-south agreement in military field.
The U.S. and the south Korean authorities, however, are intent to press for the war exercises against the DPRK, calling them "verification exercises for the return of wartime operation control and low-intensity exercises".
As was reported by the south Korean media, Alliance 19-2 is aimed to get proficiency in the procedures for judging the scale of the U.S. reinforcements needed for sort of "deterrence and repulse" and requesting them in case of emergency on the Korean peninsula under the signboard of "combined crisis control". The exercises are, in fact, a war rehearsal to get familiar with preemptive strike and attack at the DPRK and light the fuse of the war of aggression against it any moment.
One can not but be dubious as to the difference of the projected exercises from Ulji Freedom Guardian in their program and essence. Ulji Freedom Guardian was about mounting a preemptive attack with the conventional armed forces and nuclear strike means once the north's military move is detected.
Intolerable is to veil the north-targeted joint military exercises with different name despite the demand for "dialogue and peace".
The south Korean authorities should stop harmful acts at once, mindful that their reckless military provocations in reliance on the U.S. will divest them of the valuable opportunity for the improvement of the north-south relations.
A complete stop to the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises is the unanimous demand of the entire Korean nation and the international community. -0-
Hostility and Prejudice Will Lead Japan to Self-Destruction and Isolation: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The rash acts of hostility of Japan towards the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), an organization of overseas citizens of our dignified Republic, harden the Korean nation's will to settle accounts with the former.
At a recent meeting of the Cabinet ministers, the Japanese authorities, finding fault with Chongryon, defined it as an object subject to investigation under the Act for the Prevention of Sabotage, and adopted a decision to the effect that it is possible that the latter can commit a violent act of sabotage.
The Japanese authorities' branding Chongryon as an "anti-state organization" is a vivid manifestation of their deep-rooted hostile policy towards the DPRK and an expression of their vicious and black-hearted intention to crack down and stamp out Chongryon at any cost.
Chongryon has consistently worked for defending and ensuring the life and interests of Koreans in Japan and promoting friendship with the Japanese people as clarified in its action programme over 60-odd years since its formation.
It has conducted legitimate activities, abiding by international law and the Japanese laws without interference in the Japanese internal affairs and promoted mutual understanding and friendly exchanges between the peoples of the DPRK and Japan.
This being a fact, the Japanese authorities claim that Chongryon has been involved in the "abduction issue", "illegal export case" and "sci-tech support for the DPRK". This is sheer sophism.
This is nothing but the malignant prejudice to make the public take Chongryon as a "violent body" while antagonizing it for no justifiable grounds and regarding it as the target of crackdown and obliteration.
To look back on history, the Japanese reactionaries have kept Chongryon as the first target of their hostile moves towards the DPRK and persistently resorted to a host of smear campaigns and crackdown against it.
In particular, the Abe regime which set the hostile policy towards the DPRK as the national policy is getting more vicious in its moves against the DPRK and Chongryon.
The shooting spree at the Central Hall of Chongryon in February was followed up by the Japanese customs authorities' fascist crackdown against the students of Kobe Korean High School on their return to Japan after visiting their motherland. This not only offended the juvenile minds of children but seriously threatened even the life and safety of Koreans in Japan.
In March, the right-wing gangsters of the Japanese No. 1 Party insulted and decried the students of the Korean schools. The right of Koreans' children to national education was also trampled upon as evidenced by the justification of a stop to the payment of subsidies for the Korean schools.
What is stunning is that the Abe regime is hell-bent on depriving Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan of all their democratic national rights including human rights, right to living and the right to business and also the legitimate rights universally recognized by international law, while enforcing its own sanctions independent of the UN sanctions, quite contrary to its lip-service for dialogue with the DPRK.
All the facts go to prove that the decedents of samurais remain unchanged in their hostile attitude towards the DPRK and Chongryon despite the changed situation and peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula which draws the attention of the world community.
The encroachment on the national rights of the Koreans in Japan amounts to the encroachment of the sovereignty of the DPRK.
The Abe group should remember that Chongryon just represents the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK in Japan.
Reckless hostility and prejudice will lead Japan only to self-destruction and isolation.
The Japanese authorities would be well advised to roll back their anachronistic and hostile policy towards the DPRK and Chongryon, clearly understanding the trend of the times. -0-
Analysis of North Korea-US Confrontation in the wake of the Missiles Launch
1. The current state of the Korean Peninsula, after the second North Korea- US Summit in Hanoi
(1) Behaviors of the United States
Since the second North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, the United States has repeated "Big Deal" assertion that North Korea should do final and fully verified denuclearization (FFVD). That is, the US calls for unilateral denuclearization of North Korea and insists that North Korea, which does not accept that, is not ready to negotiate. In the meantime, [the US] allowed (or ordered) the Korean government to provide food aid to North Korea.
President Trump broke the promise he made right after Singapore Summit of not to hold South Korea-US military exercises and simply renamed and went ahead with resuming one. In addition, [the US military] conducted a series of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) minuteman 3 launch drills on May 1 and 9, threatening North Korea. In particular, along with the ICBM, an unusual submarine-launched ballistic missile Trident 2-D5 launch exercise was also performed on the 9th.
On the other hand, Stephen Biegun, United States Special Representative for North Korea, was sent to Russia to discuss the North Korean policy on April 18. It was aimed at North Korea-Russia Summit on April 25.
Taken together, the United States still has no intention of withdrawing its hostile policy toward North Korea, continues to pressure North Korea, and, yet mentioning food aid, pays attention not to allow North Korea to move toward a "new path," such as resuming its nuclear and missiles activities.
(2) Behaviors of North Korea
North Korea urged the US to change its policy toward the North through Chairman Kim Jong Un's address at the Supreme People's Assembly and the press conference of Choi Sun Hee, First Vice minister of Foreign Affairs. North Korea emphasized that the United States should bring a new formula within the year, and that North Korea would "not even budge" otherwise. In other words, North Korea cannot accept unilateral and unrealistic demands of the United States, and the third Summit is possible only if its demands are accepted by the end of the year, the deadline set by North Korea.
At the same time, it strengthened relations with socialist countries such as China and Vietnam, and expanded cooperation with friendly countries like Russia. North Korea is strengthening anti-US international solidarity.
In addition, military training was carried out on May 4 and 9. In these exercises, they showed new missiles and self-propelled artillery, along with multiple rocket launcher (MRL).
In particular, the short-range missiles introduced this time were similar to the Russian Iskander, and their unique trajectories strained the military authorities of South Korea and the US. For your reference, the Iskander missile, first deployed by Russia in 2006, is a ballistic missile but does not draw an ordinary parabolic trajectory. It can fly on a complex route and change its course while in flight, which makes it impossible to intercept with an existing missile defense system. Though it is a short-range missile, it is so fast that it only takes 5 minutes to fly the maximum range and is a powerful weapon capable of cruise-missile-level precision blow.
The performance of the missiles as well as that of the self- propelled artillery seemed improved. According to JoonAng Ilbo article " It used to take more than four minutes for a one shoot... the North, the new self- propelled artillery has been changed drastically", the North Korean self-propelled artillery newly emerged in the drill on May 9 is believed to have drastic improvement in terms of defense, avoidance , and launch speed by adopting a closed turret.
Though North Korea's military movements are seen as its responding to US military pressure, it can basically be interpreted as the intention that North Korea will not sit back and wait for the US to change its policy on North Korea until the end of the year.
2. How should one view the situation surrounding North Korea's missile launch?
(1) Reverberation around the world
Although North Korea launched a series of new missiles, the responses of South Korea, US and Japan has completely changed. The responses of them may be summed up as ' forcibly calmed, anxious, and edgy¡¯.
For now, President Trump acted calm saying "I do not consider that a breach of trust at all". On 9th, the day of the second missiles launch, he said, "we're looking at it very seriously right now." He changed two days later to "very standard stuff", "I don¡¯t consider that a breach of trust at all."
Also, they tried to prevent the controversy from spreading by: using the term ¡®projectiles¡¯ pretending they weren¡¯t missiles when North Korea obviously launched missiles, then saying 'not concerning' because they weren¡¯t ICBMs. If North Korea launched a ballistic missile, it would violate the UN Security Council resolution that bans all kinds of ballistic missiles. Then they would have to convene the Security Council, which would make the situation more complicated. China and Russia are likely to blame the United States that its breach of the promise caused North Korea's missiles launch, and North Korea may take an issue with the UNSC call itself and take tougher military action. So the US anxiously tried hard not to provoke the North, saying that it is nothing. On May 7, President Moon Jae-in cautioned in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Abe, both South Korea and Japan not to take a hard line. It also sent a conciliatory message to the North, offering to its food aid.
The problem is that such attitude of the United States has stirred controversy in the United States. The Internet media VOX in the United States claimed it was a serious mistake for Secretary of State Pompeo to say that it is fine because it wasn¡¯t an ICBM, and that he gave North Korea the green light to test any missile short of an ICBM. Unlike the White House, the US Congress has voiced its call for a strong condemnation of North Korea's missiles launch. The same is true in Korea. With the government's ambiguous stance, Liberty Korea Party and others criticized, "Why can't we call a missile a missile?" It looks very tense.
Meanwhile, China and Russia did not show any significant reaction to the North's missile launches.
China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on October 10, "There is no concrete information yet," and reiterated the principle standpoint to solve the problem through dialogue.
This series of responses is a big change from before 2017. Back then, no matter what missiles North Korea launched, South Korea, The US, and Japan strongly condemned and stipulated as "provocation¡±, and strengthened sanctions against the North. It also pressured the North militarily by injecting strategic assets. Other countries around the world have also kept pace with the move; condemning or pressing North Korea to restrain itself. It was the exact opposite of how it is now.
(2) Why is the reaction different
For one, the United States does not want to go back to the showdown. President Trump up until now has boasted that it was his achievement that North Korea suspended its nuclear and missile activities.
He claimed that he kept America safe. Now, if he goes back to confrontation, it would look like he destroys his own achievements. But President Trump has a more fundamental problem than his own political blowback. The odds are against him if he goes back to showdown.
As already seen in 2017, the US has no chance of winning North Korea-US nuclear showdown. In the midst of North Korea¡¯s nuclear and missiles wave, the United States was helpless. There was no way to stop North Korea. The United States, which has already lost its military confrontation, has no fighting chance.
It would be fortunate if we could go back to 2017. If the North and the US militaries confronted each other again, no one can predict what it would be like then and thereafter. Man has an instinctive fear of the unknown. The US was nervous when North Korea mentioned a "new path" because it did not know what a "new path" was.
The military move taken by North Korea this time was a low-intensity exercise. They were, so far, short-range missiles, MRLs, and self-propelled artilleries. Yet, it was enough to make the US quite nervous. Short-range missiles are the type of missiles we have never seen before, and cannot be intercepted by U.S. missile defense systems such as THAAD and Patriot. The performance of self-propelled artillery has improved significantly. This is a low-intensity military action, so one can only imagine what kind of weapon will come out if it goes up to regular or high-intensity. Before a war, the United States enters the military information of the opponent on the computer and simulates the war game. The military plans are drawn up through this to match the enemy's military capabilities. If North Korea continues to release new weapons like these, the US military would not know what information should be put on the computer. The weapons released this time have not yet been analyzed, and if new weapons continue to appear, the United States cannot deal with that.
Along with this, North Korea's political status change also drew a different response from that of 2017. North Korea has raised its international and political status considerably over the past year and a half.
North Korea has first taken several preemptive measures regarding denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and negotiations with the US. It declares to freeze nuclear and missiles activities and blew up the nuclear test sites. It showed North Korea¡¯s authenticity and commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. And what North Korea proposed at the Hanoi talks sure was reasonable. There was an equivalence of partial nuclear freeze versus partial lifting of sanctions, and the proposal of step-by-step simultaneous action was realistic considering the lack of trust between North Korea and the United States. This allowed North Korea to draw the consent of the international community.
The United States, on the other hand, did not fulfill its commitments of Singapore Summit last year, and did it show Hegemonism at Hanoi Summit, making unilateral and unrealistic demands. The US certainly cannot win support from the international community. The US attitude at Hanoi Summit raised critical voices not only in the international community but also in the United States.
North Korea, as a nuclear-owned country, considerably improved relations with socialist countries like China and Vietnam, and other friendly countries like Russia. This shows that North Korea is recognized as a nuclear state in the international community.
The way of denouncing North Korea unilaterally has disappeared as the international status of North Korea is rising.
3. Future Prospects?
(1) The United States
The United States seeks unilateral and complete denuclearization of North Korea. The US considered North Korea ready to negotiate only if it concedes to it. It continues to pressure and to strengthen sanctions against North Korea. In addition, the United States controls the pace at which South Korea develops inter - Korean relations. It demands that China and Russia join in sanctions against North Korea. It continues its military pressure as well.
However, North Korea has not responded to unilateral denuclearization at all. North Korea will not respond even a hundred or a thousand years from now. Kim Jong Un, in his address to the Supreme People's Assembly, said, "(The US) misjudges us that we will surrender if it put maximum pressure on us", and continued "With that attitude, even if we sit down face-to-face (with the US) hundreds, thousands of times, we won't even budge."
He also declared on sanctions against North Korea that "I will no longer get hung up on lifting the sanctions, and will find a way to revive on our own." Recently, they tried to propagate the "food shortage" in North Korea through the media as Korea and the US pulled out the food aid card to North Korea, but there is no specific indication that North Korea actually has such problem. Rather, even in the worst sanctions against North Korea, only the fast-growing economy has been manifested.
Kim Jung Un also hinted that North Korea would respond to military pressure of the United States by saying "Our appropriate reaction will follow as the US hostile policy against North Korea becomes overt." And this was realized through two missiles launch drills this time.
It will not be able to change that of North Korea with the current position of the US. Rather, it puts the US in further trouble. The US currently has no practical means to move North Korea to its own way. There is zero chance the future political situation develops as the US perceives.
(2) North Korea
North Korea assures negotiations are possible only when the United States brings a new formula to the table by the end of the year. What North Korea initially suggested in Hanoi was to trade the dismantling of the Yongbyon nuclear facility for the lifting of sanctions against private sectors. In North Korea's point of view, it has made considerable concessions to the United States. But North Korea vows to 'no more concessions' after the failed Summit. Kim Jong Un, in his address to the Supreme People's Assembly, said, "Obviously it will be difficult to have a good opportunity again like last time." That is, North Korea will demand more than it did in Hanoi. The United States missed a quite favorable opportunity.
On the other hand, Putin said in the press conference after the North Korea-Russia Summit on April 25, "North Korea needs a guarantee of its own security and sovereignty, "and that this is a precondition for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. In other words, North Korea now wants to trade denuclearization for guarantees of its security. It is a trickier task for the US. Because it does not end with the establishment of diplomatic relations with the North and the conclusion of Peace Treaty, but demands concrete military action by the United States.
If the United States does not accept these demands, no one knows how things will develop next year. The majority suppose North Korea and the US to go back to 2017, a nuclear confrontation.
Analysis of North Korea-US Confrontation in the wake of the Missiles Launch
Meanwhile, North Korea is likely to continue its military drill until the United States brings a new formula. It intends to actively pressure the US to bring in a new formula by the end of the year.
The United States is now forced to either resume dialogue with a new formula by the end of the year, or have a full-fledged nuclear confrontation. But the United States cannot choose either. The full-fledged nuclear showdown has already been done in 2017 but it has been defeated. A new nuclear showdown won't change anything. No, as we have seen this through North Korea's military training, the North Korea has more of new weapons. So it may lose more severely this time. So the United States rather avoids an all-out nuclear confrontation.
Then how about bringing a new formula? There is no problem the US resumes dialogue with a new formula. North Korea's negotiation proposal is realistic and there is no downside for the US. North Korea does not demand the US to surrender. Wants a win-win for the both countries through co-exist, utilitarianism, and co-prosperity. North Korea's negotiation proposal will boost the American interests and benefit the American people. But the US cannot bring a new formula to the negotiation table.
The US has greed and supremacy in its nature. There is no concept of co-prosperity or utilitarianism in the United States. Only the United States should profit. In other words, it only knows how to pillage its opposition parties. Also, the opponent must follow its lead. North Korea must give up socialism and adopt capitalism. The US would never go for a conversation because it would not give up on greed and supremacy.
At any rate, the US has two roads to choose from and will have to choose one by the end of the year. Which would be its choice? History tells us that it seems highly likely for the US to choose a confrontation. Historically, imperialism never abandoned its greed and supremacy, and it collapsed because of the very greed and supremacy. The US would never abandon greed and supremacy. The greed and supremacy would lead the US to a nuclear confrontation with the North Korea.
Historically, the US, in nuclear confrontation, only came to a negotiation table after it's got strongly beaten up by North Korea. The U.S. is now being beaten, but this would be nothing if comparing what will happen in a year. It will be interesting to see how the things develop. Let's wait and see whether the US comes to its senses and finds a new way, or continues toward a total collapse.
4. Additional Remark
North Korea's missile launches on the 4th and 9th of May is primarily connected to North Korea-US relation. However, it seems to be connected to the current international situation as well.
In recent weeks, the United States has committed acts of aggression against the anti-American countries around the world, including enforcing the Helms - Burton Act targeting Cuba, inciting the Venezuelan coup, and designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. North Korea then voiced condemnation of the US on these international issues. However, the voice alone in the international community does not raise great power. Action is necessary to have impact. This is the international significance of North Korea's missiles launch.
Hankook Ilbo (Korea Times) analyzed in its May 13 editorial, " North Korea-US nuclear confrontation, to a face-off between the U.S. and anti-U.S. countries", that unexpected missiles launch drills by North Korea, amid agonizing debate over the US military intervention in Venezuela and Iran, put Trump administration in a foreign policy crisis, and that it became a face-off between the U.S. and anti-U.S. countries. MBN (Maeil Business Newspaper) also analyzed on May 12 that Trump administration's diplomacy got into triple trouble as North Korea, Iran and Venezuela issues burst all at once. North Korea's missile launches have made it harder for US military intervention in Iran and Venezuela.
In 1939, the Battles of Khalkhyn Gol broke between the Japanese Gwandong Army and Soviet forces near the Khalkha River, a border between Mongolia and Manchuria. This battle was a massive battle of over 100,000 troops mobilized from both countries. Kim Il Sung's anti-Japanese units, who were active in Manchuria at the time, attacked Gwandong Army and military supplies, which were put into battlefield to support the socialist Soviet Union. It is a long tradition of North Korea to provide internationalist assistance for a country that has been invaded and looted by imperialist countries.
The missiles launch, in North Korea's point of view, could be interpreted as an act of internationalist support and solidarity that would block the US military attack on other anti - American countries.
Severe Punishment by Fellow Countrymen Is Inevitable: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) -- The international community expresses full support and approval at the DPRK's principled stand on the inter-Korean relations and DPRK-U.S. relations clarified at the historic First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's policy speech is a historic declaration for tackling the present grave situation affected by the moves of the U.S. and south Korean conservative forces in keeping with the unanimous aspirations and wishes of all the fellow countrymen, and herein lies the key to creating a new national history for peace and co-prosperity.
Now the whole nation strongly hopes that the north-south declarations are invariably adhered to true to the historic policy speech so that the situation of the Korean peninsula develops in a stable manner and the inter-Korean relations steadily improves.
Nevertheless, the south Korean conservative forces are intent on silly acts making a mess of the nation's destiny and future, contrary to the compatriots' aspirations and the international community's expectations.
The "Liberal Korea Party" is engrossed in launching a blistering attack on the present "government" citing the "failure of north Korea policy" and "replacement of diplomacy and security team", while dismissing the DPRK's principled stand as a "notification" to inflame only the confrontation with the fellow countrymen.
The "Parun Mirae Party", the conservative media and other conservative forces - would-be "experts on the north" - call for thorough cooperation with the U.S., voicing that the present regime faces a moment of choice and should make a right decision.
Those foolish acts against reunification, peace and nation by the LKP and other conservative group of traitors which seek to put a brake on the implementation of the north-south declarations and improvement of inter-Korean relations will not be spared the severe punishment by all the compatriots.
The conservative group of traitors has taken the lead in doing jobs not beneficial but harmful to the nation since it came into being.
Not content with denying the last year's valuable successes that the north and south achieved after declaring the start of a new journey, the conservative forces are struggling to reverse the inter-Korean relations to the past, spouting a load of abuses that "last year was a miserable year in which 10 years of security posture was severely hindered in return for enjoying a brief peacetime spanning one year".
A crow cannot be whiter for often washing.
As long as the LKP and other conservative forces, traitors and depraved guys who lost even national conscience and the dignity of a human being are left intact, the misfortune, pain, damage and disaster which the Korean nation is subject to will get more terrible and drawn-out.
All the fellow countrymen in the north, the south and abroad will, staking the destiny and future of the nation, get rid of the anti-reunification traitors, who run counter to the historic current towards the improved inter-Korean ties and peaceful reunification, once and for all. -0-