Dangerous U.S. Threats & Pressure Against North Korea!

(Reprinted from “The Worker,” newspaper of the Workers Party, USA)

July 8, 2006

On July 5, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) test-launched several missiles as part of a routine military training exercise. This missile test was part of the DPRK's efforts to strengthen its military self-defence capacity which is its sovereign right.

Nevertheless, the U.S. government immediately denounced the missile test as a "provocation." The U.S. government is calling for sanctions against the DPRK and dangerously escalating its propaganda and pressure against the country. Leading political figures from both the Republican and Democratic parties are calling for military strikes against the DPRK. Japan, the close ally of the U.S., has already imposed new economic sanctions against the DPRK.

This war propaganda and pressure is a continuation of the U.S. government's 50-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 North Korea - militarily, economically, politically, diplomatically, etc.

Over the last few years, U.S. imperialism has increased its pressure and threats against North Korea. 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.

It is not the DPRK, but U.S. imperialism which has deployed its troops and nuclear armaments thousands of miles from U.S. territory and is trampling on the sovereignty of Korea. The facts show that it is U.S. imperialism which encircles the DPRK and threatens it with war.

Thus, the DPRK, in taking appropriate measures to strengthen its self-defence capacity, is helping to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula and throughout the world.

The DPRK is able to stand on its own feet and defend its sovereignty precisely because, for the last 50 years, its has relied on its own efforts and built a truly independent and modern country. The DPRK's resolute defense of its sovereignty and its victories along the path of national independence are a great inspiration to people everywhere who are struggling against U.S. imperialism.

We demand an end to:

U. S. Provocations, Threats, and Pressure against the DPRK!

Withdrawal of all U.S. troops from South Korea and Asia!