Continued U.S. Military Provocations Against North Korea

October 6, 2010

In recent months, U.S. and South Korean military forces have carried out numerous provocations against North Korea, including large-scale ground, sea, and air "exercises."

Most recently, U.S. and South Korean military forces staged joint anti-submarine exercises in the West Sea of Korea from September 27 to October 1.  Participating in the war "exercises" were destroyers, submarines, patrol boats and patrol planes.  More "exercises" are planned for the end of October after the U.S. deployment of the extra-large nuclear carrier George Washington to the West Sea of Korea.

Commenting on these latest maneuvers, the DPRK's Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea described the exercises as "a military provocation to destroy the efforts for detente on the Korean Peninsula."

These war exercises show once again the dangerous and extremely provocative actions which the U.S. is currently undertaking in the region.  U.S. imperialism remains the number one source of war and conflict on the peninsula.  The root of the problem is that the U.S. refuses to recognize the sovereignty of the Korean people and desperately wants to maintain its partition of the country.

For over half a century, U.S. imperialism has trampled on the sovereignty of the Korean people. At the end of World War II, the U.S. launched the Korean war with the aim of conquering the entire country. After being defeated, it partitioned the country, building South Korea into a huge foreign military base and a haven for U.S. capital. Today, U.S. imperialism continues to militarize the Korean peninsula and foment tension as a pretext for maintaining its partition and occupation of the country.

The only way to bring about a peaceful and stable situation on the Korean peninsula is through the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops and the peaceful re-unification of Korea, on the basis of the will of the Korean people themselves.