Editorial: The Nuclear Danger Comes From U.S. Imperialism!

Reprinted from the November 6, 2006 edition of “The Worker,” newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.

The U.S. government is trying to create hysteria about North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Similar propaganda is carried out against Iran's program of building nuclear power for electricity.

The U.S. government is imposing sanctions and pressuring both countries while openly preparing for war against them. This alone shows that it is U.S. imperialism which is the aggressive power.

Yet more. It is U.S. imperialism which has targeted its nuclear weapons against both Korea and Iran and which publicly threatens to drop them. So too, it is U.S. imperialism which is spreading nuclear weapons throughout the world.

The U.S. was not only the first country to manufacture (and the only country to use) nuclear weapons. The U.S. is also the only country with nuclear weapons outside its own territory. U.S. nuclear weapons are deployed in dozens of countries around the world, including many non-nuclear states. For years, the U.S. kept nuclear weapons in such countries as Greece and south Korea, without even telling the governments of these countries. In addition, U.S. nuclear submarines prowl the oceans. In March, Bush began supplying India with nuclear fuel that will enable it to dramatically increase its production of nuclear weapons. Administration spokespersons said it was okay for India to have more nukes because it is an "ally of the U.S." So too, the U.S. has helped Israel, as well as other allies, manufacture nuclear weapons.

In other words, with its typical imperialist "logic", the U.S. arms its allies with nuclear weapons but rants against "proliferation" when any country tries to break its nuclear blackmail and monopoly.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the main international treaty addressing the issue, sets down 3 pillars for preventing nuclear proliferation.

Firstly, it demands that the nuclear powers publicly disavow the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states. The U.S. not only refuses to do this but publicly threatens non- nuclear countries, including Iran, Libya, Lebanon, etc.

Secondly, the NPT calls for concrete, verifiable steps by the nuclear powers to completely dismantle their nuclear arsenals. The U.S. government not only refuses to do this, it is continually building more advanced nuclear weapons, perfecting its delivery systems, etc. The U. S. has torn up previous treaties on the limitation of nuclear and strategic weapons.

Thirdly, the NPT guarantees non-nuclear countries the right to peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Again the U.S. keeps interfering in the affairs of other countries, such as Iran, trying to prevent them from developing their nuclear industries.

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 Democratic People's Republic of Korea 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.

The path to nuclear disarmament begins with disarming U.S. imperialism and ending its nuclear blackmail against the world.