New threats of war against North Korea
July 27 marks the 50th anniversary of the end to the war of aggression launched by the United States and the collaborationist regime of South Korea against the socialist Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the 1950s. The real background to the Korean War is little known today. Now, the US, with the Howard Government acting as deputy sheriff, is sharply intensifying its campaign of vilification and threats against the DPRK. US President George W Bush named the DPRK as part of his "axis of evil" and as a "rogue state". As with Iraq, so with North Korea, there are threats of a "pre-emptive strike" against enterprises that are alleged to be producing nuclear weapons. For its part North Korea has called for negotiations with the United States and such a meeting was held on the initiative of the Government of the People's Republic of China last April. At this meeting the DPRK put forward a proposal for a non-aggression treaty between itself and the United States as a necessary basis for making the whole of the Korean peninsula nuclear free. A DPRK statement said that their proposal would not only eliminate the "worries of the two parties concerned by the solution of the nuclear problem", but would also "eliminate the danger of nuclear war and ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, or even in Asia and the world". However, so far, the United States has refused to respond to this proposal and, instead, has stepped up its hostile propaganda. The US and 10 other governments, including the war-mongering Howard Government, are now threatening to "interdict" North Korean ships that are "suspected" of carrying missiles to other countries. This dangerous, threatened act of piracy has understandably been vigorously rejected by the Government of the DPRK. Again, as with the pretext for war against Iraq, which is being shown every day to have been a pack of lies, the same lies are being trotted out by Australian Government leaders to justify aggression in one form or another against the DPRK. The Governments of the US and Australia and the others that are following the US lead like puppets, should bear in mind that the people and Government of North Korea have shown their determination and ability to defend themselves in the past and that, despite allegations that the Government of North Korea is isolated, it will have world-wide support if it has to defend itself against new acts of aggression and war. History Following the defeat of Japanese imperialism in WW 2, the Korean peninsular became divided at the 38th parallel. The North became a socialist state — the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) — led by the Workers' Party of Korea, while the South was occupied by the US and the government became a puppet of the Americans. None-the-less, the Korean people aspired to the reunification of their homeland. Another very significant event at the time was the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. The Chinese revolution together with the then very powerful and popular Soviet Union became a nightmare for the imperialist powers. However, those powers did not give up their attempts to turn the clock back. The aggressive war launched against the newly founded DPRK in 1950 was not only aimed at the overthrow of its socialist government but at the Chinese revolution as well. However, the Korean people resisted and together with the assistance of Chinese army volunteers succeeded in forcing the US to conclude a peace agreement which was finally signed on July 27, 1953. At one stage in the conflict the US commander, General Douglas Macarthur, threatened to bomb Chinese territory which would have initiated a much wider war. When the armistice was finally signed, Mark Clark, now the commander-in- chief of the US forces in place of Macarthur, said that he had achieved notoriety as the first commander-in-chief in American history to sign an armistice agreement without victory. The Korean peninsular remained divided at the 38th parallel where a heavily armed demarcation zone was established. For all the years from the signing of the armistice in 1953 to the present day, the US has displayed unrelenting hostility to the DPRK. While the supporting Chinese troops withdrew from the North immediately on the conclusion of the armistice, South Korea continued to be occupied by up to 37,000 US troops armed to teeth with "weapons of mass destruction" — including nuclear weapons — stationed in various US bases. The United States built a towering wall across the Korean Peninsula, allegedly as a barrier to an invasion from the North, a concocted threat used by the US to raise fear among the people of the South and to justify the continued occupation of the South by US forces. Since the division of the country the Government of the DPRK has made peaceful reunification a foremost goal. The people's desire for reunification has steadily gained ground in both the North and South. In the South this is reflected in the recent election of Presidents who have favoured steps towards reunification — called the "sunshine" policy. On June 15, 2000, a joint accord to "solve the reunification problem independently, through joint efforts of the entire nation" was signed between North and South. This accord was warmly welcomed by the Korean people who want a peaceful and independently decided process of reunification. Flowing from this accord there have been family exchanges, trade has increased, a railway line between the two states is being constructed and regular meetings are taking place between North and South Government delegations. The most recent exchange of Government delegations took place as recently as last week. This does not suit the agenda of the United States leaders. The reunification of the two Koreas would render irrelevant any further occupation by American troops. They and their bases would have to go.