Friday, June 25, 2004

On the Nuclear Front

There have been many conflicting stories released in the media regarding the six party talks in North Korea. The stories range from North Korea threatening to test a nuclear weapon, to North Korea offering to freeze their nuclear program. The North Korea Daily has multiple statements on the meeting. The official news agency of North Korea has released this cryptic and (bizarre) statement:

Foreign Ministry Spokesman on U.S. "Arms Reduction"

Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Thursday as regards the U.S. recent decision to scale down the U.S. forces in south Korea: The U.S. made public its plan to cut down part of its troops stationed in south Korea but is massively shipping latest weapons and war means into south Korea under the "arms buildup plan" that calls for spending 11 billion dollars.
U.S. Heavyweights are now claiming that this measure will have no impact on the U.S. capability to cope with the emergency on the Korean peninsula, saying that means capability is more important than the numerical strength.
As a matter of fact, the U.S. plans to transfer and deploy modern war means it had tested in the Afghan and Iraqi wars in and around south Korea in the near future in the wake of its deployment of latest type PAC missiles and reconnaissance planes in south Korea for an actual war.
This clearly proves that the "arms reduction measure" does not mean any switchover in the U.S. Korea policy but is aimed at retaining a "qualitative edge" to stifle the DPRK by force.
Now that there is no change in the U.S. policy to stifle the DPRK by force, the latter is left with no option but to strengthen the measures to cope with the U.S. "qualitative edge."
The world public is taking note of the fact that the measure was taken according to the U.S. unilateral decision with neither prior discussion nor notification to the UN.
The U.S. has claimed for the past more than 50 years that the U.S. forces in south Korea are the "UN forces." The recent measure unilaterally taken by the U.S. in utter disregard of the UN is little short of admitting themselves that the U.S. forces are occupation forces, not the "UN forces."
Now that practical measures are taken by the military authorities between the north and the south to remove the root cause of mistrust and confrontation, the U.S. is left with no justification to keep its forces in south Korea any longer. If the U.S. truly hopes peace and detente on the Korean peninsula, it should completely withdraw its troops from south Korea, far from deceiving the world public opinion with talk about so-called "arms reduction."

Russia has apparently reaffirmed its position of “neutral negotiator” by stating that North Korea has a right to a civilian nuclear program.

North Korea has an active nuclear program and is willing to sell the components to the highest bidder. Whether or not it threatened to test a nuclear weapon, it is a serious situation. And again, while this is happening the Democrats are wallowing in conspiracy theories.

At the same time, Iran, who has been less than cooperative with the IAEA is threatening to continue building components necessary to construct a nuclear weapon. The threat from Iran will have to be dealt with very soon, as the prospect of the Mullah’s being armed with nuclear weapons is unacceptable. It will require a joint effort with other countries and the support of the American people to neutralize this threat. That support would be much easier to garner if one of the two major parties in this country wasn’t actively supporting conspiracy theories that have the potential of undermining the war on terror.

There are major battles still to come in the war on terror, and the American people have to have the will to fight and win them.