U.S. Is the Threat to Peace on the Korean Peninsula! End U.S. War Games Now!
No to U.S. Nuclear Blackmail!
Tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula because of the massive U.S. war exercises known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG). The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has strenuously objected to the exercises year after year in the context of trying to establish the conditions for peace on the peninsula, but to no avail.
The annual exercise is being conducted by the Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command (CFC) from August 17 to 28. The war games underscore the constant danger of U.S. nuclear weapons in south Korea. Nonetheless, a press release on the website of the Unites States Forces Korea (USFK), claims ad nauseam how innocuous it all is. It is as if to say that the U.S. nuclear weapons and tens of thousands of troops in south Korea for the past 70 years aimed at violating the sovereignty of the DPRK with the ultimate aim of its destruction, is the picture of normalcy and not the utmost source of danger and instability. The press release states:
“UFG is a routine and defense-oriented exercise designed to enhance CFC readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. UFG is planned months in advance and it is not connected to any current world events. U.S. forces will join ROK military forces representing all services, and ROK government participants.
“There are seven United Nations Command Sending States scheduled to participate in UFG 2015, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission will monitor the exercise to ensure it is in compliance with the Armistice Agreement.”
Note that the press release continues the fiction that the United Nations has somehow given its approval to this provocative war exercise. The U.S.-led UN Command was established during the Korean War and is but a fig leaf to legitimize U.S. aggression since the war began until the present. The press release continues:
“Through its Panmunjom mission, the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission has informed the North Korean People’s Army of the exercise dates and the non-provocative nature of this routine training.
“Routine training exercises are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and in accordance with the Armistice. These exercises also highlight the longstanding partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between the U.S. and ROK, and help to ensure stability and security on the peninsula.”
Voice of America reports that as many as 80,000 troops are participating in the war games.
The UFG war games are highly irresponsible given the history of the Korean War. The U.S. took over south Korea in 1945 after the Korean people waged a mighty war of national liberation to kick out the Japanese occupiers, and had declared their own independent people’s republic on September 6 1945. Not long after this, the north was virtually flattened by U.S. bombs during the Korean war because it would not acquiesce to U.S. hegemony and give up Koreans’ right to chart an independent course. In the following decades, the U.S. has refused to end the war and sign a peace treaty and has continued all manner of espionage and war threats as well as a brutal economic blockade. Given this history, exactly how is it that the U.S. thinks its war games will “ensure stability and security on the peninsula”?
One of the scars left by the Korean War is the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, where the tension is also being increased by the puppet south Korean army. The DMZ is said to contain as many as 1 million undetonated land mines dating back to the war. In early August, the south Korean military claimed that two of its soldiers were injured by land mines and made the unfounded accusation that the explosives had been deliberately planted by the north to injure the soldiers. From there the south went on to fire shells across the DMZ claiming this was in retaliation for shelling from the north. Of course, when pressed to provide evidence, the south Korean military has been unable to substantiate its accusations. It has now gone further by carrying out psychological warfare operations across the DMZ for the first time in 11 years, in violation of north-south agreements. These provocative actions have been going on in the midst of the war games.
Both the events at the DMZ and the DPRK’s legitimate objections to the war games are being reported on in the most decontextualized manner by the monopoly media. It is all to make the DPRK appear to be the belligerent party, rather than the one which has been trying for decades to uphold peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, including its demand that the U.S. end its aggression and sign a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War.
To oppose this disinformation, TML is posting below the letter sent by Ja Song Nam, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the DPRK to the United Nations, addressed to the President of the UN Security Council. The letter calls for the immediate convening of an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss and take action against the massive U.S.-south Korean joint military exercise.
TML calls on Canadians to inform themselves and denounce the media hysteria and misrepresentation of events. To blame the DPRK and its leadership is the biggest hoax to cover up what the Americans and south Koreans are up to. Demand that the U.S. get out of Korea. The U.S. should sign a peace treaty and withdraw its troops and nuclear weapons from south Korea now! Canadians should demand that Canada end its involvement in such provocative war games and ensure this takes place by fighting for an anti-war government that will uphold international peace.
Actions Across South Korea Demand End to U.S. War Games
Mokpo; Muan County
Chonbok National University, Jeonju
U.S. Army Garrison Daegu (Camp Walker)
Letter from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to President of United Nations Security Council
Upon instructions from my Government, I have the honour to bring to your attention the aggressive joint military exercise so-called “Ulji Freedom Guardian (UFG)” which is now being conducted by the United States in south Korea against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The U.S.-led joint military exercises including the “UFG,” which are staged one after another every year on the Korean peninsula and beyond, are serious provocations as well as typical expressions of the U.S. hostile policy against the DPRK.
The U.S. is again attempting to cover up the aggressive and dangerous nature of such exercises by describing them as “annual” or “defensive” ones.
However, such real war-like military maneuvers, which mobilize massive armed forces with nuclear capacity with a purpose of occupying Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, can neither be “defensive” nor justified as “routine” under the pretext of [being held on an] “annual basis.”
Anti-war protest at U.S. Naval Command in Seoul, August 15, 2015. (SPARK)
The U.S. is forcing the DPRK into an arms race through ceaseless war drills and arms build-up in a sinister bid to throw hurdles in the way of the DPRK’s efforts for the economic development and the improvement of the people’s standard of living, and seeking an opportunity for a preemptive attack on the DPRK by making it inattentive to increased vicious cycles of tensions.
The U.S. war games clearly prove that it is the U.S. which instigates the vicious cycles of escalating confrontation and tension and creating the danger of war on the Korean peninsula.
The U.S.-led aggressive and provocative large scale joint military exercises are no longer issues confined to the DPRK-U.S. or inter-Korean relations but an international issue which threatens the peace and security in Northeast Asia and beyond.
Therefore, I request that the issue of the U.S. joint military exercises, be placed on the Security Council agenda, and that a meeting of the Security Council be urgently held in accordance with Articles 34 and 35 of the Charter of the United Nations.
I would like to remind that the Security Council has unjustifiably ignored the DPRK’s several requests to place the issue of the U.S. joint military exercises on the agenda of the Security Council.
Should the Security Council again ignore the DPRK’s just request to discuss the U.S. joint military exercises, it will expose itself for giving up its primary mission of maintaining international peace and security and becoming a political tool of an individual power.
If the U.S. persistently opts for military confrontation despite the repeated warnings of the DPRK and the shared denunciation by the international community, it will be held wholly accountable for all the ensuing consequences.
The DPRK will not indefinitely wait for the U.S. to change its DPRK policy by seeing its sovereignty and security being threatened, but will make all necessary steps to deter U.S. nuclear provocations.
I should be grateful if you would have the present letter circulated as an official document of the Security Council.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
(August 19, 2015)