U.S. Imperialism Remains the Main Roadblock to
Korean Reunification and Peace

As the drive of the Korean people to re-unite their country grows in strength and breadth, U.S. imperialism remains the main roadblock to peace on the Korean peninsula.

On September 22, the Pentagon released a report to Congress which states that the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) "poses a military threat to the region" by building nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen, speaking in Tokyo, reiterated the findings of the Pentagon report by claiming that U.S. troops were still needed in the south because North Korea "was beefing-up its troop strength while amassing a huge stockpile of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons." At the same time, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - which is primarily used to apply pressure and dictate against any country not sharing the same political or economic views as the big powers - passed a recent resolution calling for further inspection of North Korean facilities.

U.S. imperialism is clearly once again attempting to manufacture war-like hysteria in order to justify its military presence in the region. In fact, all the propaganda concerning the "military threat posed by North Korea" is merely being created by the U.S. as a pretext to increase tension on the peninsula and further militarize the region. The U.S. hypocritically accuses North Korea of "weapons proliferation" while it arms the South Korean military everyday with more sophisticated and modernized missiles and weaponry and continues to maintain a huge stockpile of nuclear weapons in the country.

Below we reprint two recent articles from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) web page that comment on this latest round of lies by Pentagon and U.S. officials.

U.S. Attempt to Keep its Troops in South Korea

Pyongyang, September 27 (KCNA) - U.S. Secretary of Defense Cohen, when he separately met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director General of the Defense Agency of Japan, said that the improvement of relations between the north and south of Korea is progressing apace but the military capability of North Korea has not weakened. And he said that though reconciliation and even reunification between the north and the south are achieved, it is important to keep the U. S. troops on the Korean peninsula and that the military balance should be maintained in this region. Japan agreed with this.

Commenting on this fact, Rodong Sinmun today says the absurd remarks came when the world peace-loving people are loudly calling for the U.S. troops' pullout from South Korea as the north-south reconciliation is rapidly developing.

The news analyst commentary goes on: The U.S. claim for the maintenance "of military balance" is aimed at describing the U.S. troops as "war deterrent force" and keeping them in South Korea for an indefinite period. In order to dominate the world it is imperative to take hold on the Asia-Pacific region by force of arms and, to this end, it is important to turn the whole of Korea into a stronghold of aggression. This is the U.S. calculation and policy. That is why the United States is desperately obstructing the Korean nation from taking the road of reconciliation, unity and reunification.

The Korean people are very proud of the fact that they have strengthened the self-reliant defense capability in every way to cope with the U.S. moves against the DPRK, the commentary says, refuting Cohen's assertion on the military capability of North Korea.

Noting that the north and the south agreed to independently solve the issue of national reunification by concerted efforts of the Korean nation, its master, it stresses that the United States must abandon its anachronistic Korea policy and the design to permanently occupy South Korea and go home at an early date, swimming with the changing trend of the Korean peninsula toward reconciliation.

Unreasonable Resolution of The IAEA

Pyongyang, September 28 (KCNA) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reportedly passed a "resolution on North Korea," calling for permission of nuclear inspection, at a regular session recently held in Vienna.

This is a grave challenge to the sovereignty of the DPRK and a very unreasonable action which endangers the DPRK-U.S. agreed framework itself.

We declared more than once that we have neither will nor ability to develop nuclear weapons and, therefore, there can be no "nuclear suspicion" in our country.

This was clearly proved by the U.S. experts' inspection of Kumchang-ri underground facility last year and this year.

Nevertheless, the IAEA is now insisting on "inspection" as it did in the past. It cannot be judged as anything but a premeditated and intentional criminal move to lead the situation on the Korean peninsula again from detente to the escalation of tensions.

Lurking behind IAEA's move is a foolish attempt to shift the responsibility for the delay of the light water reactors project on to us.

As known to all, the LWR project, according to the DPRK-U.S. agreed framework, is not being smoothly stepped up and its prospect is gloomy. This is entirely attributable to the obstructive maneuvers of the U. S. administration, conservative hard-liners in particular.

The United States intends to egg the IAEA on to brand the DPRK as a "criminal" in a bid to evade its responsibility for the delay in the project.

The project is key to the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. agreed framework. The delay in the project means that the fate of the agreed framework is now at stake.

It does not matter to us whether the agreement with continue to exist or not. This is our stand.

The U.S. should clearly know our position and discharge its obligation to the agreement. And the IAEA should not be used for the sinister political purpose of the U.S. any longer.