Dangerous Threats and Pressure Against North Korea!

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.

April 16, 2009

On April 5, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched a communications satellite into space. The launch of a communications satellite is part of the DPRK’s development of space technology and is its sovereign right.

U.S. imperialism reacted to the DPRK's announcement that it would launch the satellite by labeling it a “provocation” and began dangerously escalating its propaganda against the DPRK. The U.S. and its close ally Japan immediately began threatening military attack against the DPRK. After the DPRK announced the successful placement of the satellite into orbit, the U.S. and Japan began calling on the UN Security Council to impose tightened sanctions on the DPRK.

The U.S. is attempting to discard the principles of international law which are based on the sovereign equality of every country. The U.S. government has announced that the “DPRK can't be trusted” and because it has been judged and condemned by the emperors of Washington, D.C., the DPRK is not entitled to the same rights as those nations blessed by the U.S. U.S. imperialism is again declaring itself the judge, jury and executioner of the peoples. It is declaring that it alone can decide which countries are sovereign and entitled to develop space technology and which aren't.

This warmongering and pressure is a continuation of the U.S. government's 59-year war against Korea. Since 1950, U.S. imperialism has occupied the Korean peninsula with tens of thousands of troops and filled south Korea with every conceivable weapon, including nuclear weapons. By force of arms, U.S. imperialism has maintained the partition of Korea and carried out a continuous encirclement of the DPRK - militarily, economically, politically, diplomatically, etc.

In recent years, U.S. imperialism has increased its pressure and threats against the DPRK. Successive U.S. administrations have tried to create hysteria about the alleged “nuclear threat” from the DPRK, and branded it as a “rogue state” and part of the “axis of evil.” The U.S. government openly advertises its plans for nuclear strikes against the DPRK and regularly engages in “war games” based on these plans. The goal of the U.S. is to overthrow the existing economic and political system in the DPRK and assert its dictate over the country.

The struggle of the DPRK to develop its scientific and technological capacity and to defend its sovereign rights in the face of U.S. pressure is a just struggle which contributes to the defense of peace, international law and the rights of nations.

We demand an end to U.S. provocations, threats, and pressure against the DPRK!

We demand the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from South Korea and Asia!