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KOREA DEFIES US IMPERIALISM
by our Asia Correspondent
AMERICAN imperialism is attempting to whip up a frenzy of hate
against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which tested its
first nuclear device on Monday. After over a decade of fruitless
negotiations with successive US governments, who reneged on their
promises and branded the DPRK part of the “axis of evil”, Democratic
Korea has taken the inevitable step it warned would happen to defend
its national security and independence.
US President George W Bush, the biggest warmonger of the lot, claimed
that the test poses a threat to global peace and security and denounced
it as “unacceptable”. Bush said the action “deserves an immediate
response” by the United Nation Security Council. He also said the
transfer of nuclear weapons or material would constitute “a grave
threat” to the United States, and the DPRK would be held “fully
accountable for the consequences of such action”.
Seismic reports suggest a test of a one kiloton atomic bomb, the
equivalent of 1,000 tons of TNT and far smaller than the nuclear bombs
the United States dropped on Japan in the Second World War. The
underground test, in a remote part of the country under secure
conditions, was successful and there were no radioactive emissions.
But though the bomb was small the diplomatic fall-out has swept
At the UN the hypocritical imperialist powers, backed by Russia and
People’s China, condemned the test and the Americans are pushing for
harsh economic sanctions against the DPR Korea.
At an emergency Security Council session on Monday, the United States
called for mandatory sanctions including inspections of all cargo in
and out of north Korea, financial curbs and restrictions on goods that
could have military uses. If passed it could pave the way for
imperialist Iraq-style military action against the DPRK.
The five UN veto powers – Britain, America, Russia, China and France
are meeting in secret session to consider the American demand. Russia
and China are opposing moves that would sanction an imperialist naval
blockade of north Korea though Japan has already moved to
ban all Democratic Korean imports and bar all DPRK ships from entering
But Iran, also under threat of US attack over the nuclear issue,
has pointed out that the north Korean nuclear test had its roots in the
behaviour of the United States and other powers which possess nuclear
arsenals, dominate the UN Security Council and use the Council to
achieve their goals and interests.
The world will only enjoy true peace and security when the big
powers, the US in particular, are disarmed. Therefore, worldwide
nuclear disarmament is the solution to the establishment of global
peace and security and this must first start with those world powers
who own such weapons, Gholam Hosein Elham said in his weekly press
briefing in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Iranian official called on all nuclear powers to disarm and urged
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to refrain from
practicing injustice and discrimination when dealing with international
issues, adding that nuclear disarmament in the Middle East should
start with the Zionist regime.
Wild talk from the American corner about naval blockades and
pre-emptive strikes have been dismissed by the Russians, Chinese and
south Koreans. China has stressed that war over the DPRK’s
nuclear programme was “unimaginable” but it has “strongly urged” the
DPRK to honour its commitment to de-nuclearisation, stop all moves that
may further worsen the situation and return to the Six-Party Talks
aimed at making the Korean Peninsula free from nuclear weapons.
These have been stalled for over a year due to American intransigence
and north Korea will only return to the talks if the United States
“We are still willing to abandon nuclear programmes and return to
six-party talks” a north Korean official was reported as saying in
Beijing. “We can do that any time only if the United States takes
corresponding measures,” the unidentified official said, adding that if
the Americans did not respond the DPRK would have no choice but
to conduct further tests and arm its missiles.
This was noted in a congratulatory message sent by the NCP to DPRK
leader, Comrade Kim Jong Il, on Monday. Congratulating the
Workers’ Party of Korea, the Government and people of the DPRK for
their efforts that have led to the successful test of a nuclear device
on 9th October the message said: “US imperialism has reneged on past
agreements with the DPRK, continued its diplomatic and economic
blockade and persisted in rejecting the reasonable and realistic
position of the DPRK at the past six- power talks in Beijing. The
nuclear test was therefore an inevitable and justifiable response in
the face of the intransigence of US imperialism. We are convinced that
the development of the DPRK’s nuclear deterrent will not only deter US
imperialism from contemplating any future aggression against the DPRK
but also contribute to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula”.
Solidarity and nuclear weapons
IN 1950 US statesman John
Foster Dulles visited US troops in the south of Korea to approve of
plans to invade the fledgling Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He
boasted this would take only one day, after which the US would be
poised to attack the equally young People’s Republic of China. He and
the US military top brass talked of breakfast in Kaesong and supper at
the Chinese border.
Korea had been left divided after the Second World War and the
defeat of Japanese imperialism which had occupied the peninsula since
1910. The north had been liberated by the Korean people, led by Comrade
Kim Il Sung and supported by the Soviet Red Army, while US forces
occupied the south. This was meant to be a temporary arrangement.
The Americans attacked the DPRK but failed to defeat it. The
invasion that was supposed to be over in a day lasted for three years
before the US forces were fought to a standstill. What the Koreans
lacked in weapons and technology they made up for in sheer courage and
commitment to defend their homeland.
The war ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty,
signed between the DPRK and the United States. This has left the
country divided by the continuing American occupation. The terms of the
armistice were that there should be a peace conference established
within three months to negotiate the terms of a peaceful reunification
for Korea. The Americans reneged on this commitment and instead built a
huge wall across Korea.
Since then the people of southern Korea have had to put up with
US military occupation and puppet governments hostile to the DPRK,
while the people of the DPRK have had to live under the constant threat
of attack, under anti-communist hostility and under trade and economic
embargoes. The people of the DPRK never asked to be isolated – the
Americans forced it upon them.
Not surprisingly they have always paid great attention to their
defences. The Clinton government in Washington brought a little thawing
in the hostility. Fears that the DPRK would develop its own nuclear
weapons prompted a pledge by the American to provide nuclear power
generators in return for the DPRK dropping its nuclear programme.
But that agreement was torn up by George W Bush, who declared
that the DPRK was one of four countries – along with Iraq, Iran and
Syria – he dubbed the “axis of evil”, making threats of attack on all
The Saddam Hussein government in Iraq complied with US and United
Nations demands to get rid of all “weapons of mass destruction” (WMDs),
hoping this would avert an invasion. It did the opposite. Once Iraq had
effectively disarmed itself the US, backed by Britain, invaded,
claiming that Iraq still had WMDs in spite of UN inspectors’ reports to
the contrary. The lesson is clear: disarm and face invasion. The DPRK,
Iran and Syria have noted it well.
Now the DPRK has proudly produced its own nuclear weapons
programme. This has been roundly condemned in all the western
imperialist media and by Tony Blair – who just a few weeks ago decided
to renew Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system without any
Many on the Left who should know better have also taken up the
imperialists’ cries of horror and outrage. But in the Third World and
other countries threatened by imperialism, there is joy and solidarity
that the tiny DPRK is standing firm against US bullying and defying the
The people of the DPRK are peaceful people. They have no
imperialist traditions or ambitions. They do not seek to impose
anything on anyone. They just want to secure the socialist society that
they are building against invasion and destruction. They are entitled
to our support and solidarity.
The imperialists are rattling their sabres but they are now a lot
less likely to actually attack the DPRK than they were a week ago.
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