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Issue #1778      May 24, 2017

In self-defence

North Korea’s geopolitical policies and America’s are world’s apart. Pyongyang never attacked another country, threatens none now.

The DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs are for defence, not offence, deterrents to possible US aggression.

America wages permanent wars, destroying one nation after another, threatening all sovereign independent countries with regime change.

Its agenda is humanity’s greatest threat. The DPRK has just cause for concern about another US launched devastating war on the Korean peninsula.

Its nuclear and ballistic missile programs are for defence, not offence, deterrents to possible US aggression.

If Washington recognised its government, normalised relations and ended decades of hostility, Pyongyang would have no need for powerful weapons.

Instead, US policymakers since the Truman era have been confrontational with Pyongyang. Hawkish Trump administration generals risk possible nuclear war on the peninsula, madness if launched. Threats of a US nuclear attack against North Korea have been ongoing for more than 60 years.

New South Korean President Moon Jae-In is amenable to improved relations with Pyongyang, a sensible policy, the only way to defuse tensions.

Washington is strongly opposed to this idea. It is unclear where Trump stands, saying one thing, then another, while delegating foreign policy to administration hawks, especially war-making.

World peace hangs by a thread because of rogue elements in Washington – in Congress and close to Trump, making him resemble a potted plant on major geopolitical issues, going in the directions he’s shoved.

On Sunday, South Korea’s Yonyap news agency reported another Pyongyang missile test, “believed to be a ballistic missile,” it said.

According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency,

“The missile reached an altitude higher than 1,000 kilometres during its flight, raising the possibility that it was launched at a steep ‘lofted’ trajectory. Deliberately firing the missile at such an angle could allow North Korea to test its capabilities without it landing closer to Japan.”

Reportedly it covered a distance of about 700 kilometres before splashdown in the Sea of Japan. An unnamed Japanese government source believes it could be a new type longer-range ballistic missile.

US Pacific Command spokesman Rob Shuford said its flight pattern “was not consistent with an” ICBM. It was airborne for about 30 minutes. South Korea’s Moon called the test a “reckless provocation.” Japan’s Shinzo Abe said it was “absolutely unacceptable.”

When America and key NATO allies test powerful weapons, including nuclear ones and ICBMs, the deafening sound of silence follows; no criticism from Western capitals, other US allies, and media. The double standard is self-explanatory.

Last week, a White House statement called the DPRK “a flagrant menace for far too long …The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea” – a deplorable perversion of truth.

Washington and its rogue allies alone pose a “serious threat,” the DPRK perhaps the next target of US aggression.

Its KCNA news agency said America’s aim is “maximum pressure and engagement (to) stifle” Pyongyang, compelling it to “strengthen our nuclear deterrent (and ballistic missile capability) at maximum speed.”

Separately, Moon’s press secretary Yoon Young-chan said “while (Seoul) remains open to the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, it is only possible when (it) shows a change in attitude.”

China’s Foreign Ministry stated:

“The situation on the peninsula is complex and sensitive, and all relevant parties should exercise restraint and do nothing to further worsen regional tensions.”

Washington’s rage for war should give pause to all nations seeking peace and stability, unattainable as long as US belligerence continues.

globalresearch.ca

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