The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 7th July 2017

Crisis in Korea

THE DEMOCRATIC People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) demonstrated its nuclear prowess on 4th July this week with the successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the American mainland. The DPRK leader, Kim Jong Un, clearly chose Independence Day to make the point to America’s ruling circles who are playing with fire on the Korean peninsula.

Donald Trump responded with yet another of his incomprehensible Tweets while his chief minion, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, threatens to impose more sanctions on Democratic Korea and those that trade with the north, and the chief American general in the occupied south claimed that only “self-restraint” was keeping the United States and south Korea from going to war over the missiles that the US imperialists claim are a direct threat to themselves and their regional lackeys. But who is threatening whom?

The Korean peninsula has been divided since the end of the Korean War in 1953. The south remains a puppet of US imperialism whose 29,000 strong garrison can quickly be reinforced from Japan.

The Workers Party of Korea has led the Korean revolution, performing tremendous feats in socialist construction, defeating US imperialism, beating the US-led economic blockade and overcoming natural disasters to become a nuclear power and a modern socialist society that serves the people throughout their lives. The revolutionary struggle was led by great leader Kim Il Sung and dear leader Kim Jong Il. Today leader Kim Jong Un follows their footsteps at the helm of the Party that is leading the drive to build a thriving socialist republic.

The ballistic missile test and the Democratic Korean nuclear missile programme as a whole are defensive responses to decades of American threats, provocations and sanctions, and an intensifying US-led build-up toward war.

Everybody knows that the Americans have surrounded the DPRK with a nuclear-armed armada. Every year the US imperialists and their south Korean lackeys hold war-games in the occupied south that simulate an invasion of Democratic Korea, and everyone knows that it has been the Americans who have ratcheted up tension on the Korean peninsula with the deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) missiles that clearly threaten the security of Russia and People’s China.

The DPRK has had no choice but to develop its nuclear energy programme and its own independent nuclear deterrent. The DPRK threatens no one. Its enemies are close by. United States nuclear-armed warships are stationed off the Korean coast and thousands of US troops are in the south of Korea as well as in Japan.

US imperialism’s military and diplomatic ‘pivot,’ or ‘rebalance’ toward Asia is simply a cover for a new bid to control both sides of the Pacific Rim and extend American hegemony throughout Asia. US imperialism can never forgive the DPRK for being the first country since the Second World War to defeat it on the battlefield, setting an example for all people fighting for independence and self-determination.

The Americans and their south Korean lackeys are working constantly to try to isolate the DPRK and the movement for national reunification. Peace campaigners and trade unionists have been jailed under south Korea’s fascist National Security Law — and the joint US—south Korean military exercises aimed at invading the DPRK take the Korean peninsula ever closer to a cataclysmic nuclear war.

US imperialism wants to perpetuate the division of Korea and ultimately to extinguish socialism in the Korean peninsula. We must stand by the DPRK and condemn the imperialist aims and threats.