The Guardian 5 April, 2006

Preparations for war in Asia continue

In yet another of its word games, the US is attempting to pressure the South Korean authorities to agree to a new policy of "strategic flexibility" in Asia. The Pyongyang Times explains that "strategic flexibility" actually means that US forces in South Korea should take "responsibility for ensuring peace and maintaining stability" in the whole North-east Asia which takes in the territory of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan where separatist forces are still clamouring for "independence".

In the past the mission of US forces stationed on the Korean Peninsula was "to defend the Korean peninsular". The change to "strategic flexibility" reflects a more aggressive US policy and the extension of its area of operations.

To justify its aggressive strategy the US report on "national security" issued in March branded the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) an "outpost of tyranny".

It is in response to such accusations and threats of a "pre-emptive strike" that the DPRK has built up nuclear armed forces for self-defence.

China’s Xinhua newsagency reports the official DPRK newspaper Minju Joson as saying that, "Under such a situation where the US-threatened pre-emptive nuclear attack, the DPRK had no other option but to make a bold decision to build nuclear armed forces for self-defence."

"As soon as it took office, the Bush administration adopted its nuclear strategy on the DPRK and started posing undisguised threats of nuclear attack against the DPRK", said the newspaper.

It is already known that the US armed forces had prepared a number of detailed military attack scenarios against the DPRK.

Attack plans

They include a super-precision air raid to take out the leadership of the DPRK; a program to collapse the DPRK by stirring up internal discontent and taking advantage of presumed internal unrest; a plan to occupy the DPRK militarily and enforce military rule; and the plan to make a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the DPRK.

The New York Times reported recently that because of its lack of information the US State Intelligence Agency has appointed a new officer in charge of collecting information on the DPRK indicating yet again the aggressive preparations of the US leadership.

The US is faced with the fact that the wish of the Korean people, both in the north and south, is for reunification of the two Korean states and for the withdrawal of US occupation forces which have been stationed in the south for over 50 years.

Unless this movement towards reunification is stopped, the days of the US occupation of South Korea are numbered.

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