THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 1st June 2018


TRUMP CAUSES MASSIVE CONFUSION OVER SUMMIT

by our Korean Affairs special correspondent

WARMONGERING US president Donald Trump has caused massive confusion over the proposed summit with the supreme leader of People’s Korea (DPRK), respected Marshal Kim Jong Un. This is scheduled for the 12th of June. In the space of one week, Trump claimed that the summit might be delayed, then he cancelled it but he is now saying that it is going ahead!

If the summit goes ahead it will be the first ever meeting between DPRK and US supreme leaders. It is hoped the summit would see the formal ending of the Korean War which wrecked havoc on the peninsula.

Trump’s sudden and abrupt cancellation of the summit on the 23 of May was apparently a response to a statement by DPRK Vice Foreign Minister, Ms Choe Son Hui, who had raised doubts and reservations from the DPRK side as to whether they should proceed with the summit. Ms Choe took aim at neo-conservative Vice President Mike Pence saying that “As a person involved in the US affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the US vice-president”.

“If he is vice-president of the “single superpower”, as it is in name, it will be proper for him to know even a little bit about the current state of global affairs and to sense to a certain degree the trends in dialogue and the climate of dÉtente. “We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them.”

Both Vice-President Pence and US National Security Advisor John Bolton, have loudly called for applying the so-called “Libyan model” to the DPRK and about securing the so-called “Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Disarmament” of the DPRK. Libya ended up getting attacked by the US and its NATO allies with the result that Col Gadhafi was murdered by US-backed rebels, resulting in the country being divided by warring forces.

The DPRK, a state that values independence, understandably, totally rejects the so-called Libyan style solution. In having talks with the US, the aim of the DPRK is to end the US anti-DPRK hostile policy and end the US nuclear threat against it. Some commentators wonder whether Bolton, who has previously written about the need for pre-emptive strikes on the DPRK, was trying to derail or sabotage the summit or prevent if from even happening.

Meanwhile the DPRK took an epochal step for peace by completely dismantling its nuclear test site on the 23rd of May, the same day that Trump had apparently cancelled the summit, in the presence of journalists from the US, south Korea, UK , China and Russia.

The DPRK’s response to Trump’s apparent cancellation of the summit was a statement by first vice Foreign Minister. Kim Kye Gwan, which said that the DPRK “will to do everything we can for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the US side time and opportunity.” This led to Trump saying the summit was back on.

At Panmunjom on Saturday 26th DPRK supreme leader Marshal Kim Jong Un and south Korean President Moon Jae In held the 4th inter-Korean summit. At the meeting they expressed their stand to make joint efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to work for a durable peace. Whatever happens regarding the DPRK-US summit, we must keep up our maximum pressure on the US to end its threats against People’s Korea and completely and irreversibly end its hostile policy. Despite “summit fever” the US threat to the DPRK is very real, underlined by Trump’s threat of military action and possible new sanctions against the DPRK.

Only in April both south Korea and the US held their annual Foal Eagle/Key Resolve joint military drill. These were postponed to avoid clashing with the ground breaking Winter Olympics, but went ahead to demonstrate American power. Despite them being cut back the Pentagon still involved the US navy’s Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), which is slated to deploy for a landing exercise at Pohang in south Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province which simulates an invasion of the DPRK. In all 11500 US and approximately 300,000 South Korean troops were deployed.