Jumbo cover up

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! No 33, October/November 1983

Facts have come to light which highlight the part played by Korean Airlines flight 007 in the anti-Soviet espionage activities of the US imperialists. The most significant of these, censored by the lying imperialist media, is the activity of the US electronic surveillance satellite Ferret-D, on the night of August 31st — September 1st.

 

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North Korea: Trump cancels summit ... or not

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

On 24 May, US President Trump announced that he was cancelling his 12 June summit meeting with Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea, DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un, just two weeks after he had initially proposed it, and on the day that the DPRK completed the decommissioning of its nuclear test site in front of the world’s press. In a letter to Kim, Trump said that given ‘the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.’ Within 24 hours, however, Trump had tweeted that the administration was having ‘very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit’ and that it could be back on, either on 12 June or a later date. South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim the following day in order to ensure that the DPRK remained committed to the summit. Bob Shepherd reports.

 

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Korea in the firing line

South Korea corruption 

The threat to use US military force against North Korea made by the new US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on his visit to South Korea on 17 March 2017 and the US deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea earlier in the month have ratcheted up tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. While the US states that its purpose is to defend South Korea and Japan from missile attacks by North Korea, China and Russia are also threatened. With the recent impeachment on corruption charges of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, after 134 days of candlelit mass mobilisations involving millions of people, the 9 May presidential election will have South Korea’s sovereignty and relations with North Korea, China, Japan and the US at the centre of the campaign. If South Korea yields to US bellicosity it stands to suffer substantial economic losses from Chinese retaliation.

 

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North Korea in the crosshairs

On 28 March two B-2 Spirit bombers set off from Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri, bound for south Korea. With a price tag of $3bn each, they are the most advanced nuclear-capable warplanes in US imperialism’s arsenal, equipped with stealth technology capable of penetrating anti-aircraft defences, and capable of carrying 16 B83 nuclear bombs – each 75 times as powerful as those dropped on Hiroshima. They join 10,000 US troops and their 200,000 south Korean counterparts for Foal Eagle, one of three annual joint military exercises simulating a war on the Korean peninsula. Their arrival - condemned by the north as a ‘grave provocation’ - is no coincidence, timed to appear precisely when US aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK - north Korea) is reaching boiling point.

 

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North Korea vilified

Kim Jong-il

Following the death of President Kim Jong-il on 17 December 2011 the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK-North Korea) is again the target for British ruling class media vilification. Kim Jong-il is portrayed as mad and corrupt, the better to present North Korea as dangerous and its state worthy of overthrowing. In January 2002 former US President George W Bush said that Iraq, Iran and North Korea constituted an ‘axis of evil’. Four months later the US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton added Libya, Syria and Cuba to the list. When the US and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003 Bolton said that North Korea, Iran and Syria should ‘draw the appropriate lessons’.

 

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Crackdown intensifies in struggle against navy base in South Korea

jeju

On 10 August, protestors clashed with 200 riot police during demonstrations against the building of a naval base on Jeju Island in South Korea. More than 94% of the people of Gangjeong, the site of the proposed military base, are opposed to the planned base, and protests over the past months have seen thousands occupy and rally on the streets to halt the construction of what is widely recognised to be another base for US imperialism in the region.

 

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North Korea’s second nuclear test

FRFI 209 June / July 2009

On 25 May the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) conducted a nuclear weapons test, followed by three short range missile tests later the same day.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared the tests ‘erroneous, misguided and a danger to the world’. President Obama said the tests ‘pose a grave threat to the peace and security of the world’. Who is a threat to the security of the world? The US has 10,000 nuclear weapons and Britain has 200. The US has 737 overseas military bases. Britain has conducted 129 separate military interventions abroad since the end of the Second World War. Who threatened the peace and security of Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Serbia, where hundreds of thousands of people have been blown to smithereens by imperialism? Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu returned from visiting Obama in May to declare Israel’s responsibility to ‘eliminate’ the ‘nuclear threat’ from Iran. Which other countries has Iran bombed? None! Who has North Korea bombed? Nobody! Nobody asks how many nuclear bombs Israel has. The real threat to the peace and security of the world resides in Washington, London and Tel Aviv. These states are willing to use war repeatedly to sustain their power.

 

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