Heightened Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

June 1, 2010

The Obama adminstration and South Korean President Lee's adminstration have adopted a strategy of stepped up provocations against North Korea. After arbitrarily declaring North Korea guilty of sinking a South Korean warship, the two governments began calling for North Korea to be "punished." The U.S. is calling on North Korea's neighbors and allies to cut economic ties with the country. The strategy also includes plans to pressure the U.N. to impose "punishment" against the DPRK. Amongst other things, the U.S. and South Korea are also planning for additional war "games" and threatening an aggressive naval campaign to interdict Korean vessels on the open seas.

While deliberately drumming up an atmosphere of crisis, U.S. and South Korean military officials are discussing plans for building up the weapons arsenal in South Korea and working out a "more offensive" strategy. According to one military advisor to President Lee, "We need to have our own ways to threaten North Korea." At the same time, the U.S. has intensified its pressure on the Japanese government to maintain a U.S. military base on the island of Okinawa against the will of the Japanese people.

North Korea has repeatedly stated that the accusations against it are a fabrication and part of the U.S. government's ongoing program of causing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region. In a recent public statement published by the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea states: It (the U.S.) considers the case as a golden opportunity for loudly trumpeting about the "theory of threat from north Korea" in a bid to tighten its grip on its "allies" in the Asia-Pacific region, contain big powers and escalate the offensive for stifling the DPRK...As a matter of fact, the Obama administration is straining the situation in a bid to beef up its forces in the region and tighten its military domination over it as evidenced by the order issued by it to its forces in south Korea to be combat ready to cope with another Korean war...Under the U.S. manipulation, the south Korean puppet group and the Japanese authorities openly expressed their strong displeasure with the development of the DPRK-China relations and are becoming more zealous than ever before in escalating the moves to stifle the DPRK by imploring the countries around the DPRK to recognize the hypocritical "results of investigation."

On many occasions, North Korea has demonstrated that the real threat to peace and stability in the region is the U.S. and South Korean military forces which have repeatedly held huge war "games" on the peninsula, and which have continually violated the territorial waters and airspace of the North. While the U.S. makes hypocritical accusations against North Korea, the Pentagon continues to arm the South Korean military with more sophisticated and modernized missiles and weaponry, while maintaining a huge stockpile of nuclear weapons around the country.

Today, U.S. imperialism continues to maintain the partition of the Korean peninsula through its neo-colonial occupation of the South. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops prop up the South Korean government so as to maintain a "safe investment" and low-wage haven for U.S. multinational corporations, and to safeguard an important base for U.S. military power in Asia.

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 also 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.

Each and every provocation by the U.S. demonstrates the need to vigorously oppose the U.S. government's policy of pressure and interference against North Korea, and to support the just democratic demands for an end to the U.S. occupation of South Korea and for the peaceful re-unification of Korea, on the basis of the will of the Korean people themselves.