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DPRK declares no contact with S. Korea’s Lee Myung-bak gov’t [Xinhua]

Posted in Cheonan sinking, DPR Korea, Juche Idea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Korean Reunification, Lee Myung-bak, S. Korea government cover-up of Cheonan incident, south Korea on January 31, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

PYONGYANG, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — The National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said the country would never contact with South Korea’s Lee Myung-bak government any more, the official KCNA news agency reported Friday.

The commission said in a statement that “the DPRK will have no dealings with the Lee Myung Bak group forever,” as it prevented the South Korean people from paying condolence visits to late leader Kim Jong Il by claiming that “sympathy to citizens separated from the north regime.”

It was the DPRK army’s self-defensive shell-firing on Yeonpyeong Island for coping with South Korea’s preemptive provocation in the wake of the warship Cheonan sinking case, which was not related to the DPRK, said the statement.

However, the South Korean government’s attempt to link the “final responsibility” for the warship Cheonan sinking and shelling on Yeonpyeong Island with the DPRK “hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK,” it added.

“We will unswervingly keep to the path of Juche indicated by Kim Jong Il true to the intention of President Kim Il Sung,” the statement said, citing joint authorization of the party, state, army and people of the DPRK.

It also noted that the army and people of the DPRK will keep to the path of improving north-south relations and achieving peace and prosperity through the nationwide drive, to implement the historic “June 15 Joint Declaration” and the “October 4 Joint Declaration” under the banner of independence, peace and reunification.

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[Editorial] South Korea’s shameful national security education videos, pitched to schoolchildren – drafted film star Lee Jun-ki exploited as mouthpiece for false kiddie propaganda [The Hankyoreh]

Posted in Black propaganda, Cheonan sinking, DPR Korea, S. Korea government cover-up of Cheonan incident, south Korea on March 19, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 12, 2011

The Lee Myung-bak administration has been making and distributing national security education videos contending that those who questioned the findings of the investigation in the sinking of the Cheonan were responsible for North Korea’s attack on Yeonpyeong Island.  In addition to the patently absurd argument, the fact that the video stars film actor Lee Jun-ki, who is currently performing his mandatory military service, is adding to the controversy.

The 18-minute “Government-standard National Security Video for Young People” was produced by the Defense Media Agency and circulated to kindergartens and elementary, middle, and high schools around the country beginning on Mar. 7. The video introduces Lee while citing “dividing the South Korean people” as one of the reasons for the North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island.  Wearing a black beret and introduced as “national security teacher for a day,” Lee opens by saying, “All South Koreans must properly understand the national security situation and respond with a single mind and a single will.”

A cartoon character with the voice of a young boy goes on to bring up the controversy surrounding the government’s announcement of the Cheonan investigation findings. “People who do not even believe something brought to light through the participation of authorities from the different advanced nations caused divisions among the South Korean people,” the voice says. “If, instead of fighting in that way, our people had put their power together to prepare thoroughly, maybe we could have prevented the Yeonpyeong Island provocation.”

After this, Lee Jun-ki delivers the final remarks, with a skillful overlap between the controversial content and his image. This video betrays a one-sided understanding of the situation centering on the [south Korean] government’s position…

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DPRK blames S Korea for collapsed military talks [People’s Daily]

Posted in Cheonan sinking, DPR Korea, Pyongyang, S. Korea government cover-up of Cheonan incident, south Korea, USA on February 11, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 10, 2011

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said the preliminary inter-Korean military talks failed because of South Korea’s "deliberate breach," according to the official KCNA news agency Thursday.

South Korea insisted on adopting "responsible measures over ‘Cheonan’ case and the shelling incident on Yonphyong island, ensuring no more similar incident and showing sincerity of denuclearization" as the topics of high-level military talks, said the KCNA.

However, DPRK’s proposals "to clarify a view on the ‘Cheonan’ case and the Yonphyong Island shelling and defuse military tension on the Korean Peninsula" as the agenda of the high-level military talks were rejected by South Korea.

Pyongyang hoped the high-level military talks could be held as soon as possible while Seoul insisted on holding it in late February, when the United States and South Korea were to launch joint military exercises. South Korea thought the DPRK would react to the planned drill, thus laying the responsibility of destroying the talks on the DPRK, said the statement.

South Korea ignored the consensus inside and outside of the country and kept its anti-DPRK policy, it added.

"Our military and people cherish peace more than anyone but will never beg for it," said the statement.  "It is the traditional response of our military and people to meet dialogue with dialogue and confrontation with confrontation."

As South Korean authorities did not want to improve the north-south relations and reject dialogue thoroughly, the DPRK would not "sit down with it face to face," it added.

The two sides did not fix the date of next talks on Wednesday after the two-day colonel-level military talks, the first major inter-Korean contact following the sinking of South Korean warship "Cheonan" in March 2010 and the exchange of artillery fire on Yonphyong island in November 2010.

Source: Xinhua

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Liu Xiaobo’s Attack on Nobel Peace Laureate, late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung – Chinese subversive damned the same award process that rewarded him [The 4th Media]

Posted in Beijing, Cheonan sinking, DPR Korea, George W. Bush, Iraq, Japan, Kim Jong Il, Korean War, Liu Xiaobo, NATO, Nobel Peace Prize, Pentagon, S. Korea government cover-up of Cheonan incident, Seoul, south Korea, Tony Blair, US "War on Terror", US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USSR on January 23, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Yoichi Shimatsu
January 12, 2011

[A 2003] essay by Liu Xiao-bo is a conservative broadside against:

– the Sunshine Policy of the Korean Democratic Party (referenced as…”a nourishing gift to…North Korea”).

– the attempt to “buy” the Nobel Peace Prize for then South Korean President Kim Dae-jung;

– Beijing’s support for the attempt at peaceful reunification of the Korean nation;

– [alleged c]orruption of the North’s communist regime that infects gullible ‘friends’ in Seoul and Beijing.

For the Nobel Peace Committee, this critique by a candidate for laureate should have raised prior concerns about his judgment and character, since Liu implies that the Nobel Committee was duped and manipulated by the Kim Dae-jung government and, morally at least, shares blame for involvement in international corruption in the award[ing] of the Year 2000 Peace Prize…

Liu, with his “purist” ethical posturing, should never have then accepted the nomination by such a morally compromised Peace Committee, which…in his view cannot tell the difference between a deserving fighter for freedom and a cunning collaborator of a bankrupt regime.

This controversy by one laureate against another poses a vexing question for the Nobel Committee. Either Kim Dae-jung or Liu Xiaobo should be declared unfit for the award. If Liu is correct, the Kim Dae-jung should be posthumously stripped of his Nobel medal and relegated as an undeserving fraud (and possibly worse) – or Liu Xiaobo should be expelled from the laureate list as a slanderer and character assassin. Liu’s words have left no space for compromise.

A closer look at Liu’s argument against Kim Dae-jung shows his own ethical hypocrisy and ultra-rightist political bias. If Hyundai and the then ruling Korean Democratic Party were wrong to offer financial inducements via economic cooperation, then the entire structure of Western financial flows to “undemocratic” regimes (many of these being conducted in secrecy and constituting bribery) is simply morally wrong, according to Liu’s own strict standards:

-Ronald Reagan, for example, encouraged not only vast amounts of bribery for Gorbachev’s perestroika supporters but also covertly supplied computers to the Soviet Navy.

– The NATO Balkans project was also another “generous” Western bid to buy friendship among former Yugoslavia’s politicians, military officers, intellectuals and journalists.

– Likewise the Bushes Senior and Junior opened the floodgates of dollars to members of the Saddam Hussein government, including the Iraqi dictator himself.

What then can be so objectionable about inducing the Pyongyang government to establish economic cooperation with capitalistic Seoul, when Liu’s “heroes” like George Bush and Tony Blair, Reagan and Thatcher, did the very same with other objectionable [sic] regimes?

Liu’s attack on “bribery” is in hindsight faux naivete, considering the fact that he shares in the “corruption” of being awarded $1.4 million from the same Peace Committee that honored Kim Dae-jung. His ethical posturing is, of course, merely a means to promote his Manichean view of the world: The West is always Good, the East is invariably Evil. And by extension,…Good must triumph while Evil is to be destroyed.

On the flip side of his argument, Liu praises the South Korean defenders of “freedom”, who are hardly more than handmaidens of a defense industry and the military, which has had its own history of dictatorship, corruption, repression (as in the suppression at Kwangju) and mass bloodshed as shown in the Korean War. Yet Liu still pretends to be a pacifist when this simplistic formulation has recurrently served as the rationale for war. (This “pacifist” has since called for everyone in the world to join the war against terrorism [sic].)

~ Legal Eagles or Regal Beagles? ~

Apart from the annoying ultraconservative apologetics from the intellectual midget Liu Xiaobo, the suicide of the Hyundai chief and the ousting of the Korean Democratic Party illustrate the lethality of the US security arrangements in East Asia. National leaders who dare criticize the American military presence in Asia are routinely removed by state prosecutors on corruption charges. The system of US constitutional law and the judicial structure imposed on South Korea and Japan is an instrument of hidden colonial power enforcing obedience to Washington.

Kim Dae-jung’s successor Roh Tae-woo was also hounded by “blind” justice, (which led to his “suicide” fall from a cliff), while the defense-industry agent President Lee Myung-bak is allowed by the “justice” system to egregiously violate the letter and spirt [sic] of constitutional law in the cover-up of the friendly-fire sinking of the corvette Cheonan. By no coincidence, Lee Myung-bak is a former Hyundai executive, aligned with the Construction division that builds military bases, who directly benefitted from the suicide of Hyundai president and the subsequent pro-conservative corporate coup. Early in his career, he was a protege (and later adviser to) the head of the Grand National Party Kim Young Sam, a fellow conservative Protestant.

In neighboring Japan, meanwhile, Yukio Hatoyama and Ichiro Ozawa (rather tame and timid critics of US military bases in Okinawa) were ousted under unrelenting procuratorial pressure – joining the long list of deposed Japanese politicians more loyal to Japan’s regional diplomacy and national interests to Washington’s dictates. American-style “Democracy” in East Asia cannot be authentically democratic when the judicial system is [not] truly just.

The idealistic Sunshine Policy, which had a chance to foster the reunification of Korea without war, did not fail from internal “corruption” – it was dismantled by the Pentagon and its Asian agents to protect the defense industry and preserve U.S. domination over Asia. Now, with an emerging South Korea-Japan military alliance, we are witnessing the formation of a Second Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere. Back in the bad old days, this sort of alliance was called militarism and fascism. In today’s post-1984 double-speak, it is presented as liberal democracy at its finest and most courageous.

Liu and the Nobel Committee are at least in agreement in their Orwellian view that “Some Dictatorships are More Equal than Others..”


“Kim-Jong-Il Swallows the Sun”

by Liu Xiaobo…

[for the referenced essay by Liu Xiaobo, please refer to appendix of original article (link below)]

[Edited by Zuo Shou 左手]

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The US-China summit – US politicians, media insult Chinese leader while stoking hostility in Asia [World Socialist Web Site]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Beijing, Black propaganda, Bourgeois parliamentary democracy, Brazil, Capitalist media double standard, Cheonan sinking, China, China-bashing, China-US relations, Corporate Media Critique, Currency wars, DPR Korea, Early 21st Century global capitalist financial crisis' US origins, Economic crisis & decline, Encirclement of China, Germany, Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, Hu Jintao, Japan, Julian Assange, Media smear campaign, Obama, Pentagon, S. Korea government cover-up of Cheonan incident, south Korea, Torture, US "War on Terror", US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Western nations' human rights distortions, Wikileaks, Yellow Sea, Yuan appreciation on January 21, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

20 January 2011

Behind the pomp and diplomatic niceties, what dominates the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington is the growth of tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

Contrary to the general presentation in the US media, which echoes the Obama administration in portraying Beijing as the aggressor, the primary responsibility for the escalation of tensions in East Asia lies with the United States. Since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared 18 months ago that the US was “back in East Asia,” Washington has worked relentlessly to isolate China and contain its growing influence in Asia and internationally.

This has involved a three-pronged attack—economic, diplomatic and military. Only a month ago the world was holding its breath in fear of the outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea, with US support and participation, was holding a live-fire military exercise in the same disputed waters where a similar exercise the previous month had provoked North Korea to fire on a South Korean-held island, killing two South Korean Marines and two civilian inhabitants.

…North Korea pulled back from its threat to retaliate militarily in the face of such a provocation. This, however, has not altered the US policy of stoking up tensions in Asia in order to maintain US dominance at the expense of China.

The standoff between North and South Korea was the most recent in a series of crises in East Asia involving murky naval incidents which were utilized, at the direction of the United States, to demonize North Korea and its main ally, China.

Last July, Secretary of State Clinton intervened into longstanding disputes between China and its neighbors over islands in the South China Sea, lining up against China and declaring “freedom of navigation” in the South China [Sea] to be a vital US interest. This is a direct threat to Chinese control over sea lanes that are critical to its trade and security.

Only last week, the US held a joint naval exercise with South Korea in the Yellow Sea, deploying the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.

Notwithstanding such provocations, Obama insisted at the joint press conference with President Hu on Wednesday that the United States welcomed China’s rise. At the same time, he reiterated US demands that China sharply raise the exchange rate of its currency and remove subsidies to its industries in order to provide a “level playing field” for American firms. He also criticized China’s human rights record.

The carefully scripted news conference allowed only two questions each from American and Chinese reporters. Obama left it to the US reporters to express overt hostility toward Hu and China.

Ben Feller of the Associated Press asked how Obama could justify an alliance with a country “known for treating its people so poorly, for using censorship and force to repress its people.” [sic]

The question reflected the selective and hypocritical outrage of the American media…No such questions are ever put to Obama, who has absolutely no standing to lecture China…or anyone else on human rights.

Obama has, after all, kept…Guantanamo open; ordered the assassination of alleged terrorists, including an American citizen; upheld the “right” of the president to imprison people for life without a trial; continued the practice of “rendering” people to countries that practice torture; rejected the prosecution of Bush-era torturers; expanded domestic spying; and is currently seeking to destroy WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for exposing the lies and crimes of US imperialism.

The second US reporter, Hans Nichols from Bloomberg, asked how Obama would allay the fears of congressmen who see China as “an economic threat,” and followed up by asking how badly China’s “depressing its currency” harmed the White House’s efforts to create jobs and lower unemployment in the US.

The US has kept up a steady drumbeat that China is manipulating and undervaluing its currency in order to lower the price of its exports and gain an unfair trade advantage. In fact, the biggest currency manipulator by far is the United States. By keeping interest rates near zero and electronically printing hundreds of billions of dollars, the US is massively devaluing the dollar, cheapening its exports relative to rivals such as China, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Brazil.

It is also flooding the world with hot money, forcing up the exchange rates of a host of countries, stoking inflation and creating asset bubbles. China has, as a result, been hit with rising inflation, forcing it to raise its interest rates twice within the past several months.

In a speech last week in advance of the summit, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner expanded Washington’s economic demands, suggesting that China could gain wider access to the US market and technology only if, in addition to sharply raising its exchange rate, it reduced the role of the state in its economy, ended policies that “discriminate against US companies,” and removed preferences for domestic firms.

In other words, China should open its economy to the unfettered exploitation of American capitalism and accept the status of an economic colony.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking in Japan on Friday, called on Tokyo to expand its military and step up its military cooperation with the US, praising in particular Japan’s decision to shift the focus of its forces to its southwest islands—i.e., facing onto the Chinese mainland. He also invoked the US-Japan security treaty of 1960, which obliges the US to militarily defend Japan in the event of an armed conflict between it and China.

Open anti-China hysteria on the occasion of Hu’s state visit was left to congressmen and senators from both parties. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Hu a “dictator” and refused to attend the White House state dinner in his honor Wednesday night. Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner also boycotted the event.

Senator Charles Schumer (Democrat of New York) introduced a bill targeting China that would impose punitive tariffs on “currency manipulators” and bar firms from such countries from receiving US government contracts. “This legislation sends a message to China that says we are fed up with your government’s intransigence over currency manipulation,” he declared, adding, “If you refuse to play by the rules, we will force you to do so.”

The New York Times editorialized [with a pack of distortions, hypocrisies and lies]: “For Mr. Obama, the top items include: China’s currency manipulation; its enabling of North Korea and Iran; its abuse of human rights; and its recent challenge to American naval supremacy in the western Pacific… Mr. Obama has made clear that he won’t stand by while China tries to bully its neighbors.”

The Wall Street Journal in its [extremely falsifying and reactionary] editorial raised the prospect of war with China and World War III, writing: “But China’s new truculence is once again raising concern that Beijing is intent on dominating its region and destabilizing the world order, much as the Kaiser’s Germany did a century ago.”

In fact, as leaked WikiLeaks cables have shown, Secretary of State Clinton and the then-prime minister of Australia and current foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, discussed the need to prepare for the eventuality of war with China.

This year’s US Joint Forces Command’s Joint Operating Environment report—a strategic guide to perceived threats and future US military engagements—includes the following chilling warning: “The course that China takes will determine much about the character and nature of the 21st Century—whether it will be ‘another bloody century’ or one of peaceful cooperation.”

The mounting danger of war between the US and China, which would almost certainly escalate into a global conflagration, is rooted in deep-going shifts in the world economy and the global balance of forces: China’s rise to become the world’s second largest economy and the decline in the global economic position of the United States.

American imperialism has turned ever more violently to the use of military force to offset its economic decline, and it has no intention of peacefully ceding to China the dominance [sic] of Asia or any other region.

The only answer to the growth of militarism in general and the incendiary role of US imperialism in particular is the struggle to unite the working class internationally in the fight for socialism.

Barry Grey

[Edited by Zuo Shou 左手]

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Is North Korea a Convenient Scapegoat for America’s Northeast Asia Strategy? [The 4th Media]

Posted in Beijing, Black propaganda, Cheonan sinking, China, DPR Korea, Encirclement of China, George Washington aircraft carrier, Japan, Korean War, Obama, S. Korea government cover-up of Cheonan incident, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Yellow Sea on January 3, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Kiyul Chung | December 23, 2010

Through one of the latest and most serious war crises in Korean peninsula since the temporarily-paused but never-completely-ending Korean War since July 1953, the world in general, the Northeast Asia region in particular seemed to have further realized several crucial facts.

~ Not between North and South, but North with the US ~

The first fact is Korean conflicts’ historical background that has been distorted, forgotten and/or hidden, so that those ongoing conflicts for over 60 years in Korean peninsula have been seen as the one “between North and South Korean brothers.”

However, as a matter of fact, both November 23rd and December 20th, in addition to the March 26th when Cheonan mysteriously sank, all three major military drills took place directly under America’s “(both peacetime and wartime) operational control.”

South Korean President Lee Myungbak, like all of his predecessors, does not have any legal, military and political power or authority to order or control over his own nation’s military whatsoever.

This extremely dependent (so many call it “puppet”) system is known seemingly the only case in the world in which a sovereign nation has let other country’s foreign (local) military commander has the host nation’s military (army, navy and air) operational control.

This very much subordinated thereby servile, captive, even enslaved relationship in nature has been cemented since July 14, 1950 when ROK’s first US installed-president Rhee Syngman handed over his military operational command to the then UN (US) commander General MacArthur.

All three military drills in 2010, too, in addition to each and every one (countless number) of military operations on Korean soil since September 1945 when US military occupied the southern part of Korea which was supposed to be liberated from the Japanese 40 year long colonial rule, were operated by America’s military and geopolitical strategic decisions.

Therefore, like in the past, this year’s war crisis and extremely heightened military confrontations in Korean peninsula must not be considered the conflicts between North and South, but North with the US.

Most South Korean governments in the past, except a couple of exceptions such as late Presidents Kim Daejung and Roh Moohyun, seem hardly avoidable to escape from a critique that they have been ”America’s proxy regimes in Northeast Asia region.”

~ DPRK Convenient Scapegoat for America’s Northeast Asia Strategy ~

The second fact lies in a new strategic phenomenon that this year’s three major military drills where air carrier USS George Washington was involved with had consecutively taken place in the West Sea of Korean peninsula, not in the East Sea.

However, throughout the past since 1953, most, if not all, war crises such as at the time of North Korean seizure of US spy ship Pueblo in 1968 and other major conflicts took place in the East Sea, not in the West Sea.

As many analysts argue, it’s due to the fact that China has risen in all aspects, most distinctively its continued economic development and its rapidly growing influence onto the global affairs in general, the Northeast Asia region in particular.

As many including Chinese strategists have already pointed out, the reason why US moved its war games from Korea’s East Sea to the West is doubtlessly America’s strategic intention to continually pressure China militarily, economically and politically.

The West Sea of Korea which is also called [the] Yellow Sea, as both Koreans and Chinese call [it], is within the geopolitical and military proximity from missile shooting range of US warships to the most important power centers of China, including Beijing the Capitol City.

Needlessly to say, it’s also a US psychological warfare. However, in order to justify and hide its utmost but hidden strategic target China, the US has repeatedly made DPRK (North Korea) a convenient scapegoat.

Undoubtedly, America’s utmost strategic goal in Korean peninsula is to topple North Korea. This is often termed “regime change.” US, Japan and South Korea now even publicly talk about it as their common goal.

By doing so, they want people believe North Korea’s collapse is imminent. Of course, it’s also another set of war propaganda, a psychological warfare.

As in the past for over 60 years, from the 1950-53 Korean War to the Cheonan sinking incident and Yeonpyong Island conflicts in 2010, the US has continuously employed its stereotypical war propaganda tactic, i.e., the demonization of North Korea as the “aggressor”!

~ South Korean Presidency in Jeopardy and Need for Constant State of War Crisis ~

The third fact is that Lee’s extremely right-wing “pro-US” government is in irrecoverably free-falling domestic political crises due to its massive financial, political and moral crimes with unbelievable degrees and volumes of corruptions, frauds, and fabrications.

Unprecedented financial, political and moral crimes have taken place since he’s assumed the power three years ago. Illegal use of government powers is rampant. Most challengingly, in order to cover up those crimes, unimaginably dangerous military crises seemed to have been fabricated.

There is a distinctive example: According to South Korean mainstream media, “more than 2/3 of South Korean people do not believe the so-called ‘Official Int’l Joint Investigation Report’ on the Cheonan sinking incident.” Rather they are very much suspicious if it might not have been fabricated, as many in the world have already argued.

It’s a well-known fact the March 26th’s sinking incident took place just before the scheduled South Korean Local Election on June 2 when Lee’s regime then was already in big troubles.

In that election, even if, while fully being backed by Obama administration, Lee’s conservative ruling party manipulated the sinking incident at maximum level until the Election Day, as previous pro-US (flunkey) regimes did similar things in the past; they lost miserably, however.

Since the failed election in June, unfortunately, a police or fascist state in a form of national security state, like the times of Park Junghee and Chun Doohwan in the past, has been reestablished into South Korean society.

Political cronyism in extreme degree, almost like an “organized crime,” goes beyond imagination. In order to cover up all those crimes, while suppressing all sorts of sociopolitical oppositions, his failed regime desperately needs a constant state of war crisis, the “national security state.”

It means, for his political survival, he has dared to push his own people, the nation he was supposed to serve and his neighboring countries in the region to the brink of an all-out war.

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DPRK blasts U.S. for tension on Korean Peninsula [People’s Daily]

Posted in Cheonan sinking, DPR Korea, Japan, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, US imperialism, USA on December 31, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

December 24, 2010

The official KCNA news agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday accused the United States and its military allies of taking “a grave action of aggression quite contrary to the global trend for peace.”

The United States is “entirely to blame for the situation” on the Korean Peninsula that was on the brink of war as Washington used the peninsula to realize its strategy to dominate East Asia, said the KCNA in a commentary.

The United States, which focused its efforts on knocking into shape a triangular military alliance with Japan and South Korea to hold hegemony in the Asia-Pacific, “put the alliance into test” by escalating the situation on the peninsula this year, it said.

The U.S., Japan and South Korea demonstrated “unprecedented joint actions” in reacting to the Cheonan warship case and the island shelling incident by employing “every means and method to add fuel to fire” to escalate the conflict, it said.

Japan and South Korea are acting as “shock brigades” for realizing the U.S. strategy for aggression, it added.

The commentary also called on the international community to take as an urgent matter to return stability and peace to Northeast Asia and to “foil the U.S. moves to round off alliance for aggression.”

Source: Xinhua

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