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DPRK calls attack on U.S. ambassador to S. Korea “deserved punishment” [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-USA protest, Diplomat, DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Protest action, south Korea, State Department, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on March 8, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

PYONGYANG, March 5 (Xinhua) — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday called the razor-wielding attack on the U.S. ambassador to South Korea earlier in the day a “deserved punishment”, the official KCNA news agency reported.

“The recent case amid mounting anti-Americanism reflects the mindset of South Korean people censuring the U.S. for bringing the danger of a war to the Korean Peninsula through the madcap saber-rattling,” the report said…

…Pyongyang on Monday blasted the U.S.-S.Korea joint annual military drills that run from March 2 to April 24, calling the exercises codenamed “Key Resolve” and “Foal Eagle” “intolerable aggression moves.”

On the same day, an unnamed spokesman for the DPRK’s General Staff of the Korean People’s Army issued a statement, threatening to retaliate the military exercises with the “toughest measures” and saying the DPRK’s armed forces “are fully ready” to strike their designated targets.

Excerpted; full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/05/c_134041720.htm

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U.S. ambassador to south Korea attacked in protest against US-ROK war games, US’ division of Korea [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-USA protest, Diplomat, DPR Korea, Japan, Korean Reunification, Protest action, south Korea, World War II on March 8, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

This article terms Kim Ki-jong, who slashed Ambassador Lippert, as “part of a progressive cultural activity group”. Compare with the south Korean liberal media outlet “The Hankyoreh”, which repeatedly referred to him in an article as an “extreme nationalist”. – Zuo Shou

by Yoo Seungki

SEOUL, March 5 (Xinhua) — U.S. envoy to South Korea Mark Lippert was injured on Thursday morning in a knife-wielding attack by a South Korean male assailant who shouted opposition to the ongoing U.S.-South Korea joint annual war games.

Lippert, U.S. ambassador to Seoul who took office last year as the youngest envoy for the post, was slashed in his cheek and hand with a knife blade at about 7:40 a.m. local time when he was preparing for a lecture at a venue in Sejong Cultural Center in central Seoul.

The assailant was Kim Ki-jong, 55, head of a South Korean progressive cultural activity group. In July 2010, Kim received a suspended two-year jail term for throwing two pieces of concrete at the Japanese ambassador to Seoul.

While being arrested, Kim shouted his strong opposition to “war exercises,” apparently indicating the South Korea-U.S. annual military exercises code-named “Key Resolve” and “Foal Eagle” that kicked off Monday.

Lippert was quickly taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment on his cut in right face and in left hand.

The envoy…[is]…believed to be one of closest aides to U.S. President Barack Obama…

…Concerns spread that such an act of violence may worsen the South Korea-U.S. alliance. Worries recently emerged over ties between Seoul and Washington as comments by U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman on South Korea-Japan relations raised controversy.

Sherman said Friday that it would not be hard for “a political leader anywhere to earn cheap applause by vilifying a former enemy, ” referring to frosty relations between South Korea and Japan. Her comments were interpreted as the United Sates taking sides with Japan in the issue on wartime history shared by Seoul and Tokyo.

The attack on the U.S. envoy represented an anti-American sentiment shared by some South Koreans that hostile U.S. policy on [sic] the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may delay the reunification of the two Koreas.

Asked why he targeted the U.S. ambassador, Kim told reporters that the U.S. would “restore its reason” by his act, saying the South Korea-U.S. war games have prevented Korean families, separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, from being reunited. The assailant said he did the “right thing to do” as he has protested against war in the past 30 years…

Excerpted; full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/05/c_134040669.htm
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Related article: “S. Korean lawmakers blame U.S. diplomat for comments on Seoul-Tokyo ties” [Xinhua] — http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/02/c_134030993.htm

US ambassador to South Korea slashed in face by assailant [China Daily]

Posted in Diplomat, south Korea, US foreign occupation, USA on March 5, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

US OUT of Korea! Is this part of the rebellion against US imperialism called for by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro? – Zuo Shou

(Agencies) Updated: 2015-03-05

SEOUL – The US ambassador to South Korea was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in the capital early on Thursday, police and a witness said.

Ambassador Mark Lippert was attending a breakfast forum in central Seoul when a man attacked him, slashing him in the face, a witness at the event told Reuters.

Lippert, 42, was bleeding from a facial wound but was walking after the attack as he was taken to the hospital, the witness and news reports said.

A police officer said the suspected attacker was being investigated and could not immediately comment further.

Article link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015-03/05/content_19723152.htm

Page with photo of blood-spattered Ambassador Lippert: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015-03/05/content_19723152_2.htm

It’s going to be hard to get those bloodstains out of that pink tie…

Diplomatic risks grow with China’s rise [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Diplomat, Encirclement of China, Japan, Philippines, South China Sea, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Vietnam on May 23, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(Global Times) May 16, 2014

Tensions are rising in the South China Sea as the US has intensified its intervention, and Vietnam and the Philippines are acting more ruthlessly. It’s a similar case with Japan. Challenges from both areas constitute China’s new diplomatic state.

China is at a delicate point in its rising process. On the one hand, China’s growing strength empowers it to take initiatives on the global stage, but on the other, the uncertainty oozing from such a rise is discussed and even hyped up by the outside world. The US, as well as China’s other neighboring countries have unprecedented ambitions to contain China’s use of growing influence.

It’s a demanding and risky job to let other countries get used to China’s rise and treat China as a major power. Vietnam and the Philippines, which haven’t updated their knowledge about China, still cherish the illusion that China can simply be forced back by pressure.

China’s interests are beyond the South China Sea. It must strike a balance between securing its territorial waters and maintaining a vibrant growth trend.

China faces a dilemma with its growing power. On the one hand, it will be confronted by neighbors like Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan, and other stakeholders like the US if it makes use of its power.

On the other, if China conceals its power, its determination to safeguard territorial integrity will be underestimated, which would further foster the unscrupulousness of countries like Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan.

China also bears pressure from the inside, which simply calls for a rough stand against provocations from Vietnam and the Philippines.

But the Chinese government needs to weigh up different scenarios and look at the big picture.

China has taken the first assertive step in securing its territorial integrity in the South China Sea, and in the meantime faces strong protests from Hanoi and Manila, and obvious bias from the US. China’s diplomatic risks are rising, but these are the costs that have to be borne as China becomes more powerful.

The South China Sea disputes should be settled in a peaceful manner, but that doesn’t mean China can’t resort to non-peaceful measures in the face of provocation from Vietnam and the Philippines. Many people believe that a forced war would convince some countries of China’s sincerely peaceful intentions, but it is also highly likely that China’s strategy would face more uncertainties.

The Chinese government must take responsibility as a determined decision-maker. It must prioritize national rejuvenation and public well-being, and brace for public criticism and suspicion.

The tensions in the South China Sea have come when China’s rise is at a crucial time. But the tough choice China faces in this area also involves the enterprising Chinese people.

As long as the Chinese government is confident, the whole community will stay united.

(Editor:LiangJun、Yao Chun)

Article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8628694.html

US response to leaked call confirms US/EU regime-change plot in Ukraine [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Anti-Arab / Antisemitism, Black propaganda, Corporate Media Critique, Diplomat, EU, European Union, Fascism, Germany, Iran, Media cover-up, National Security Agency / NSA, Nazism, New York Times lie, NSA, Oligarchy, Russia, State Department, Ukraine, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on February 10, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Alex Lantier
8 February 2014

Washington’s response has confirmed the authenticity of a YouTube clip of a leaked telephone conversation between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt that emerged Thursday.

In the call, posted by an anonymous Russian source, Nuland and Pyatt discuss installing a new, pro-US government that will incorporate the fascistic opposition which has been leading street protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Even though Washington’s campaign for regime-change has been coordinated with the European Union (EU), and particularly with Berlin, in the phone conversation with Pyatt, Nuland attacks the EU for being insufficiently aggressive, saying at one point, “Fuck the EU.”

Asked about the leaked video, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “I didn’t say it was inauthentic.” She added that Nuland was “in contact with her EU counterparts and, of course, has apologized for these reported comments.”

Psaki also addressed Nuland’s and Pyatt’s discussion of which forces Washington would allow to come to power in Kiev. In the telephone call, the two discuss plans to install an oligarchic regime working closely with fascist gangs. They agree that boxer Vitali Klitschko, who leads the German-backed UDAR party, should stay out of power and “do his political homework and stuff.”

They conclude that Arseniy Yatsenyuk of jailed billionaire oligarch Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party should rule, conferring regularly with Oleh Tyahnybok of the fascist Svoboda Party, whose members and neo-Nazi allies provide most of the thugs fighting riot police in Kiev.

Psaki indicated that such discussions are normal for US policymakers. “It shouldn’t be a surprise that at any points there have been discussions about recent events and offers and what is happening on the ground,” she said.

US officials tried to retaliate for the exposure by blaming it on Russia. White House spokesman Jay Carney commented, “I would say that since the video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government, I think it says something about Russia’s role.”

The implied criticism that Russian officials are bugging US communications is utterly hypocritical. US intelligence agencies such as the National Security Agency carry out massive Internet and telecommunications spying directed at the entire world’s population, including heads of government and international bodies such as the European Union and the United Nations, as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed.

European officials on Friday were silent or issued brief statements downplaying Nuland’s remarks. A spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christiane Wirtz, said: “The chancellor finds these remarks totally unacceptable and wants to emphasize that [EU foreign policy chief] Catherine Ashton is doing an outstanding job.”

One EU official told the BBC, “The EU is engaged in helping the people of Ukraine through the current political crisis. We don’t comment on alleged leaked telephone conversations.”

If European officials are tucking their tail between their legs and swallowing Nuland’s call to “Fuck the EU,” it is because they — like Washington — are trying to bury the entire episode, which reveals quite clearly the character of the US/EU intervention in Ukraine.

Far from “helping the people of Ukraine” to establish a democratic government, they are engaged in secret, back-channel maneuvers with far-right parties to violently impose a fascistic, pro-imperialist puppet regime on the Ukrainian people.

The Nuland-Pyatt call provides a glimpse of how Washington organizes provocations to forcibly install authoritarian regimes in strategic countries targeted for regime-change by US corporate and military interests. Their discussion recalls how US and British officials, led by the CIA, organized paid mobs of right-wing protesters in 1953 to topple the elected regime of Iranian President Mohammed Mossadegh and maintain their stranglehold on Iran’s oil fields. They then supported the bloody regime of the Iranian Shah and his sadistic SAVAK political police.

In Ukraine today, as in other countries in the past, US plans for regime-change require organization, discussion and planning. Imperialist operatives have to get on the phone to coordinate operations and funding, make sure subordinates organize the distribution of clubs, chains and Molotov cocktails to their fascist foot soldiers, and so on.

Another key element in such operations is propaganda from key figures in the media and academia, who present such filthy enterprises as noble struggles for freedom and democracy. (See: “Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals”). The media plays a key role in the campaign, maintaining a complicit silence about Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland’s orders to “Yats” and “Klitsch,” whom the pundits and anchormen hail as great democrats even as US officials discuss them with contempt.

There is little doubt that had this recording not surfaced, publications like the New York Times would dismiss reports of Washington and its allies manipulating the Ukrainian opposition as “conspiracy theories.”

As for “Yats” and “Klitsch,” they are careful not to tell the raving anti-Semites and neo-Nazis fighting their street battles for them that Svoboda is intended to serve only as a tool to shift power from a more pro-Russian faction of oligarchs led by Yanukovych to a pro-EU faction led by Tymoshenko.

Due warnings must be made. Under conditions of deep economic crisis and widespread popular opposition to the bankrupt and corrupt Yanukovych regime, fascist thugs and imperialist operatives can very well, in the absence of an independent mobilization of the working class against US-led regime change, come together and overthrow the current government.

In one sign of the political agenda underlying the US/EU operation in Ukraine, Nuland has called for major changes in the Ukrainian regime in exchange for emergency US loans to fund the country’s debts. She said, “Washington is ready to support Ukraine if it will quickly move towards the path of protecting human rights, dignity, a de-escalation of the conflict, and political reforms.”

Among the “reforms” Western officials have demanded are deep cuts in energy subsidies and other social programs that will have a devastating impact on the Ukrainian working class.

Article link: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/08/ukra-f08.html

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See also: “News Analysis: Leaked recording uncovers U.S. influence in Ukraine crisis” [Xinhua]- http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2014-02/08/c_133098670.htm

Chinese consulate in San Francisco slams arson attack [China Daily]

Posted in China, Diplomat, State Department, USA on January 2, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

2014-1-2

An unidentified person poured gasoline and set fire on the main entrance of the Chinese consulate-general in San Francisco on Wednesday, seriously damaging the gate, the consulate-general’s website said Thursday.

“January 1, 2014, at 9:25 pm (1:25 pm Beijing Time), a person from a mini-van parked in front of the main entrance of the Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco poured two containers of gasoline on the front door of the consulate, and then set it on fire, causing severe damaged [sic].” read the consulate’s website.

“The San Francisco Police Department, Fire Department and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the US State Department arrived on the scene immediately in the wake of the attack. An investigation is now underway.”

“The arson attack is a violent crime targeted at the Chinese consular institution in the United States, causing severe damage to the consulate facilities and posing a threat to the safety of the consulate staff and the residents living nearby. We strongly condemn this despicable act and have already met with representatives from the US side regarding the attack. We urge the US side to take all necessary measures to provide adequate protection for Chinese consular personnel and properties, and bring the culprit(s) to justice as soon as possible,” the website read.

Edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-01/02/content_17212400.htm

Feature: A peep into “U.S. espionage den” in Iran – US embassy in Tehran opened to Chinese media in response to “Argo”‘s false propaganda [Xinhua]

Posted in Black propaganda, Diplomat, Iran, Psychological warfare, State Department, Torture, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA on March 22, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Yang Dingdu, He Guanghai

TEHRAN, March 11 (Xinhua) — Sprawling over 10 hectares in the bustling heart of Tehran, the defunct U.S. embassy to Iran came back under spotlight after “Argo,” a movie about how six U.S. diplomats fled Iran at the heat of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, won the Oscar for best movie [sic] recently.

The place, not open to visitors, remains mysterious. Upset by the “exaggerated and unbalanced account of facts” in the movie which failed to show America’s wrongdoing, as described by the spokesman for the complex[,] Alireza Rahmenzadeh, Iranian officials lately decided to allow Xinhua reporters inside to prove that the movie was “biased.”

The complex, dubbed by Iranians as the “U.S. espionage den,” is now controlled and guarded by Basij militia. Passers-by hurry [by] as if they would be suspected of espionage if they linger…

…Shabby and full of anti-U.S. graffiti, the walls of the former embassy still can block the din…in downtown Tehran.

Entering from the east gate, the first building is the former ambassador’s residence. The three-storey white building is now the complex’s administrative office. Down on the first floor, the hall where the American ambassador used to meet with dignitaries is now turned into a conference room with photos of Iran’s late supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini and current supreme leader Ali Khamenei high on the wall.

The main building, a two-storey red brick structure, looks so much like an old American high school that U.S. diplomats used to nickname it Henderson High, after the first Ambassador who worked in it.

Now the building is called Vezvaee Building after an Iranian martyr. With a statue of liberty [sic] standing at the gateway, the staircase to the second floor is covered by [a] colorful mural of Persian heroes fighting U.S. tanks and bombers.

Alireza, the spokesman, said the second floor was a restricted area where American espionage took place. It took him minutes rotating the combination lock to open the heavy metal door, on which hung a large poster featuring a surrendering American soldier.

Behind the door is a corridor that leads to the “glassy room,” transparent and walled by two layers of special plastic materials. Huge pipelines vacuum the space between the layers so it’s impossible to eavesdrop from outside, while transparency makes it difficult to hide any device inside. “This is where the Ambassador held his secret meetings,” Alireza said.

Yet the “glassy room” is not the most secretive facility here. Deep inside the floor, there’s a room protected by a bulky high-tech metal door that can only be opened with simultaneous matches of code, iris [scan?] and body weight.

“Even the student protesters could not enter. So they made a fire and smoked people out from inside,” Alireza said. Inside the room are large machines for tapping telephone conversations.

Almost every line of any [person] of note was tapped, including the Shah’s mother, said the spokesman. The Pahlavi royal family had to protest and demand…an untapped line, he said.

Nearby is a smaller room with painting tools and many photos. Alireza said American agents used to forge passports, visas and other fake documents there.

Outside the “forgery room” sits a large bucket full of dust. Alireza grasped a handful of the dust and called it remains of the most important documents of the U.S. embassy.

When protesters breached the premise, embassy staff started to destroy top secrets with paper powdering machines. They were in such a hurry that the machines overworked and broke down. Then they had to switch to shredders, Alireza said.

Later, Iranians recovered the shredded paper and stuck them back piece by piece to form 80 books of American secrets in Iran.

Then Alireza led us to a small steel staircase hidden in a room full of large computers. “Spies traveled between sensitive spots in the embassy trough the secret paths to avoid being noticed by other staff. This is one of them,” he said.

He also took us up to an alleged “detention room” on the rooftop, stressing it was the first time that this room was revealed to media. In the room hung some ropes, but it was too dark to see if there were any signs of torture. [It’s an odd sentence by the reporter — what ‘signs of torture’ would remain after decades of disuse? – Zuo Shou]

Outside the main building, there were facilities like [a] sports center, mosque and education building. Alireza said the complex sometimes hold[s] activities for Basij’s student members.

“All the buildings are as they were. We never built anything new because we plan to return this embassy on the day when Iran and America resumes diplomatic relations,” he added.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/11/c_124444693.htm

Edited by Zuo Shou