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Issue #1920      June 22, 2020

Between a ROK and a hard place

DPRK to respond in kind

Despite decades of consistent policy by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) towards peace, denuclearisation, cooperation, and reunification with the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the South, the ROK puppet regime and their US masters have continued to make it clear time and time again that their words of “dialogue” have never been anything but lies and hypocrisy.

The DPRK has consistently held that due to the fact that the southern half of Korea is militarily occupied by a nuclear power – which continues to threaten a pre-emptive nuclear strike – the DPRK has no option but to possess a defensive nuclear deterrent of their own. The DPRK’s proven policy has always been towards peace and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and their actions have fully confirmed their statements that the nuclear deterrent has no other purpose than ensuring this is possible in the face of perpetual US aggression. This was seen in recent years when after a period of particularly extreme and unwarranted threats made by the US, the political atmosphere abruptly changed to one of cooperation and dialogue, immediately after the DPRK carried out several successful nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile tests in 2017.

Over the next year, there was a flurry of diplomatic exchanges between the DPRK and the ROK, particularly the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration, and between the DPRK and US, particularly the Singapore Summit. It seemed for a time that the US and ROK might be willing to engage in some genuine cooperation and compromise with the DPRK.

However, while the DPRK made genuine steps to foster peace, including dismantling several missile test sites and establishing the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in Kaesong, the US completely refused to budge on any major issues, including lifting any of the brutal economic sanctions, or ceasing their hostile military activities and policy. The ROK likewise, although promising to end hostile acts, has continued to host US military bases and carry out regular joint military exercises in a performative rehearsal of invasion of the North, and has continued to harbour and foster hostile anti-DPRK defectors and groups.

Despite assurances by the ROK that they would prevent the practice, in late May an organised group of defectors living in the South were able to send offensive anti-DPRK propaganda leaflets across the DMZ into the North via balloons. The leaflets made insulting remarks about the leadership of the DPRK and about the nuclear program.

It is clear that these defectors have lost all consciousness of the real lives and experience of their former compatriots they have chosen to betray. Their minds have become saturated with the ignorance and disinformation spread by the ROK regime, and with their own well-paid lies. For instead of the leaflets receiving any trace of sympathy from their targeted recipients, the people of the North have reacted to the leaflets with a rarely-seen level of fury at this shockingly treacherous and out-of-touch insult to their dignity.

Protest rallies against the defectors, and against the ROK’s support to them in violation of inter-Korean agreements, have sprung up all around the North. The people’s demand for harsh retaliation has been taken up by the government. On 16th June, the Inter-Korean Liaison Office, a symbol of the Panmunjom declaration which has been rendered a dead letter by the Southern authorities’ continued hostility, was explosively demolished. The North has also expressed its intention to carry out its own leafleting campaign into the South; it has become all too clear that the hostile forces understand no other language than retaliation.

A few days after the DPRK’s initial rebuke of the South’s hostile act, the ROK indeed admitted responsibility for their failure to prevent the hostile act of the defectors, and pledged to prosecute them. However, it is clear that to the DPRK people this is one too many times that the Southern regime can be let off without receiving consequences for yet another promise violated; one too many times they have only taken action after the fact, against the same recurrent problems of their own creation.

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