U.S. Escalates Tension on Korean Peninsula

March 28, 2004

From March 22-28, the U.S. and South Korean military forces staged largescale military "exercises" on the Korean peninsula.

These joint war-games, named "Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration Exercise (RSOI) and "Foal Eagle," involved the transfer and deployment of huge numbers of U.S. military forces and included a simulated "pre-emptive" attack against North Korea.

Earlier, on March 8, thousands of U.S. marines began the maneuvers by launching operation "Freedom Banner 04" in Phyongthaek, near the demilitarized zone. The exercises included the transfer of hundreds of military vehicles, M1 Abrams tanks, and amphibious armored cars from warships to land positions.

On March 15, the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk entered the port of Pusan in South Korea with about 70 fighters and 5,500 soldiers aboard to assist in the exercises. Also, since the first of the year, the U.S. has staged over 400 acts of aerial espionage against North Korea.

Such exercises are another demonstration of the highly provocative actions taken by the U.S. in recent months, and reveal once again that the U.S. military forces in Korea remain the number one source of war and conflict on the peninsula. In addition to the numerous war games initiated by the U.S. recently, the U.S. has also sent boatloads of new, highly sophisticated arms to bolster its positions in the south.

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 its economic and strategic foothold in the region.

The U.S. continues to arm the peninsula and play dangerous war games, while hypocritically declaring North Korea as the focus of danger on the peninsula.

These latest war provocations by the U.S. demonstrate 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.