Misleading Disparagement of DPRK is Nothing More Than a U.S. Tactic for Legitimizing its Dangerous Forward Deployment Strategy

April 17, 2017

While declaring itself judge, jury and executioner of the world, U.S. imperialism is working harder than ever to inflame tensions on the Korean peninsula.

According to Vice President Mike Pence during a speech in Korea on April 17, “The era of strategic patience is over. President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.” Pence also made an extra effort to magnify the fixed position of U.S. imperialism that “all options are on the table.” The intense fanfare that accompanied these renewed threats was also timed to coincide with a surprise airstrike on Syria and the dropping of a 10-ton bomb on a country already under U.S. occupation.

The events over the last several weeks emphasize once again how important it is to recognize the positive role Democratic People's Republic of Korea's principled stand has played. In taking appropriate measures to strengthen its self-defense capacity, the DPRK is helping to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula and throughout the world.

In the first place, the consistent aggression towards international law, unwonted declarations and doctrines, and the constant use of threats and military blackmail that the world has seen during the last several years has been characterized as a “coup d'etat on a world scale,” because it tears down the entire edifice of international law and openly declares that Might Makes Right. An entire planet has become the hostage of the capricious decisions of an unbridled superpower that ignores any and every international commitment and acts only in line with its own interests and its Machiavellian concept of national security.

Moreover, the nuclear danger and the cause of nuclear proliferation in today's world is U.S. imperialism's nuclear weapons program. Ever since attacking Japan with nuclear weapons, the U.S. has tried to impose nuclear blackmail on the world. Dozens of times it has threatened other countries with nuclear weapons to force them to accept U.S. dictate. U.S. military doctrine is openly based on fighting and winning a nuclear war and on the first-strike “preemptive” use of nuclear weapons.

Facing this aggressive power – this superpower with nuclear megalomania – the countries and peoples of the world have no choice but to seek ways to defend themselves. It is the sovereign right of the DPRK to develop nuclear weapons and, under present conditions, such weapons in the hands of the DPRK serve as a deterrent force, a barrier against U.S. imperialism's aggressive plans in Korea and Asia.

This current situation shows 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.

U.S. imperialism relies on its “forward deployment” of troops in Japan and South Korea as the key to projecting its influence and asserting its economic interests throughout the region.

While the U.S. capitalists dream of a uni-polar world under their flag, the reality is that U.S. economic power is in decline relative to the European Union, China and Japan. In these conditions, U.S. imperialism tries to assert its hegemony by militarizing every situation and inserting its armies into the equation. Thus, U.S. policy-makers rely on NATO as a primary bridge for U.S. influence in Europe, on the forward deployment of U.S. troops in Asia to project U.S. economic interests, etc. U.S. imperialism is keeping the whole of the Middle East militarized and waging a continuous war against Iraq in order to keep its armies in the region and maintain control over this strategic and oil-rich part of the world.

Fomenting tensions on the Korean peninsula has long been the key tool for U.S. imperialism to “justify” its forward deployment of such a massive military force in Asia. The U.S. is intentionally stirring up conflict on the Korean peninsula because it refuses to recognize the sovereignty of the Korean people and desperately wants to maintain and enhance its military presence in the region. It is U.S. imperialism, and not North Korea, which is pushing the region to the brink of war. Clearly, the removal of all U.S. military forces from the Korean peninsula is necessary to end the threat of war and help bring about the peaceful reunification of the peninsula.