North Korea almost daily accuses the U.S. of provocative actions that seek to destabilise the nation and engage in regime change. This particular release concerns joint maneuvers between South Korea and the U.S. Note it is somewhat subdued in its criticism of South Korea. This is the real game here. The U.S. wants tension with the North so it can maintain its imperialist forces in the south. American interests, as defined by the warrior elites who gave us slavery, genocide, and a Pentagon that is destroying both America and the planet, are threatened by either unification of both halves of Korea or a significant diminution of tension. South Korea wants reunification and better relations with the North: "thousands of South Koreans travel to the North each month for tourism, business and a multitude of exchanges." (NYT)
If there is dÃ©tente between the Koreas, the U.S. is concerned that its imperial ambitions for Chinese containment and Northeast Asia dominance would be threatened. The U.S. knows that global conflict is its only card. It has no plans for an American role in a peaceful world. It knows that war, imperialism and feeding the maniacal Pentagon budget that is a disgrace beyond my powers of expression are its only stock in trade.
Anyone with knowledge of global affairs recognises that the firing of seven D.P.R.K. missiles on July 4, 2006 into the Sea of Japan is probably a tenth of what the U.S. fires DAILY at Muslims, in training exercises or its proxy Israel uses to murder babies and infants in Palestine. It is almost farcical for the U.S. to create a global crisis over nothing. Yet remember, this is about maintaining global conflict and tension: the fuel of the U.S. as it has no plans but war, racism and neoconservative visions of an American colonised world. It will fail and the chickens will come home to roost as we are seeing in the disaster of Iraq.
Also I presume the North Korean missiles were not armed. I have not read that they were. Clearly if they were armed, the Scuds and Taepodong-2 with conventional-high explosive warheads, I would be more critical of them. You do not want nations firing live ammunition whether on a missile, an artillery shell or a gravity bomb in a provocative manner but I have not seen any confirmation that the weapons exploded or contained explosive material. Of course had they fallen on land, and I doubt if the Scuds had the range to reach Japan, that would be another matter even if unarmed because they could certainly kill persons through the sheer impact of the rocket. All rockets landed in the Sea of Japan.
U.S. Reckless War Scheme under Fire
Pyongyang, July 10 (KCNA) — Now the U.S.-led joint military exercises RIMPAC-2006 in the Pacific waters have reached the highest pitch. Rodong Sinmun in a commentary Monday brands the large-scale exercises staged by the U.S. imperialists after the Cold War as an extremely provocative and dangerous gamble aimed at the second Korean war.
Noting that the Bush team leaves no stone unturned in its attempts to ignite a new war on the Korean Peninsula, regarding the peninsula as the key link in implementing its Asia strategy of aggression, the analyst goes on:
The U.S. has realigned and redeployed its armed forces as a whole in south Korea and around the peninsula involving Japan in preparation for a new Korean war. On the other hand, it put the plan for a war of aggression on Korea in a concrete form and is frantically staging a test and preliminary war under the plan.
The U.S. imperialists claim that the RIMPAC-2006 war game is for "the security of sea routes" and "an action against terrorism." This, however, is a cunning ruse to cover up its aggressive and dangerous nature.
Through the RIMPAC, the U.S. has refined in the past the mode of combat action of multi-national forces according to the aggressive military strategy toward Korea. This is evidenced by the fact that south Korea, Japan and other participants in the war gamble look forward to their involvement in NATO's "world partnership program."
This move of the U.S. imperialists did not proceed merely from a scheme to expand NATO. Underlying it is their dangerous intention to drag the NATO forces into a Korean war of aggression.
As the world is worried, a new war on the Korean Peninsula may entail catastrophic consequences.