New Threats Against North Korea Accompany U.S.-South Korean Military Celebrations

October 7, 2013

On October 1st, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and his U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel signed a declaration warning that North Korea should expect attack if the U.S. or South Korea interpret "signs of an imminent nuclear or missile attack on the south." In other words, the U.S. has no plans to stop threatening war against North Korea.

The strategic pact which announced the latest threat was signed in time to coincide with a massive display of force showcasing new South Korean ballistic missiles specifically designed to target North Korea. South Korean officials welcomed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff to the military parade in open "celebration" of the anniversary of the U.S.-South Korean Mutual Defense Treaty – the diplomatic basis of six decades of post-war occupation.

U.S. threats and pressure against North Korea are part of U.S. imperialism's program of militarism and war in Asia.

At the end of WW II, U.S. foreign policy took up the two-fold task of 1) suppressing the liberation movements of the oppressed people and creating a new colonial empire; and 2) "rolling back" or "containing" communism. In Asia, the U.S. grabbed south Korea as its "forward" base of operations.

Today, the U.S. occupation of Korea is facing growing opposition from the Korean people as well as from the majority of countries and governments in the region who desire an end to the tensions of the Cold War and normalization of relations amongst all states. Facing this situation, the U.S. is following the tactic of fomenting tension and "keeping the pot boiling" as a way to project its military power and to maintain its influence in the region.