PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS PUBLISHED TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT AND CONTENDING IDEAS AS THE AUTHOR OF THIS ESSAY WRITES INTERESTING AND SUBSTANTIVE WORK ON A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS. HOWEVER, THIS DOES NOT IMPLY COMPLETE AGREEMENT WITH THE AUTHOR ON ANY ISSUE PARTICULARLY THE ISSUES RAISED IN THIS ESSAY DEALING WITH THE ALLEGED “REAL” REASONS AND MOTIVES FOR THE POSITIONS OF RUSSIA AND CHINA TAKEN PUBLICLY ON CURRENT EVENS IN KOREA AND AS ALLEGED IN THIS ARTICLE AS BOTH CHINA AND THE FORMER USSR GAVE A LOT OF BLOOD AND TREASURE IN THEIR PAST AND PRESENT ALLIANCES WITH THE DPRK.
Int’l Media and Governments, including Russia, the Cover-Up TRUE Reasons for The 60 Yearlong KOREAN WAR CRISIS
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Dr. Christof Lehmann / The 4th Media News | Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:35 Beijing
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North Korea Declares State of War after US Simulated Nuclear Attack with B-2 Stealth Bomber
The Democratic Peoples´Republic Korea has declared a state of war with its southern neighbor. The North Korean leader Kim Yong-Un has signed a decree, putting the country´s strategic missile command on highest alert.
The measures were taken after an unprecedented provocation by the USA, flying B-2 strategic, long-distance stealth bombers over a distance of 10,000 Km, to practicing for a nuclear attack on the North.
The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov addressed the USA, warning it to stop the provocations in a situation, which could easily get out of hand. Russia however, along with other Security Council members, fails to address the true reasons for the Korea Crisis.
Subsequent to the simulated nuclear attack by the US strategic bomber command, with a highly sophisticated B-2 strategic stealth bomber, the military high command of the Democratic Peoples´ Republic Korea, which has previously warned, that the ongoing, one months military exercises in the region may be a precursor and cover for mounting an actual attack on the country, has seen itself forced to put its strategic missile command on highest alert to counter the perceived and very real risk of a nuclear attack on North Korea.
However, the North Korean Statement, that North Korea has entered a “state of war” which almost all eastern and western mainstream media and top diplomats interpret as bellicose positioning by North Korea, is more an assessment of the actuality and the situation, as it is a bellicose threat.
With tensions between the USA, South Korea and the DPRK being high, and in a situation, in which the USA, South Korea and allied forces continue exercises, which the North Korean military leadership repeatedly has described as reckless and dangerous, it is principally just a recognition of the fact that the country is in a state of war. Rather than being a “declaration of war” it is a recognition of a fact.
According to the DPRK´s state news agency KCNA, a statement from the country´s military high command reads “From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering a state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly…. The situation in the Korean peninsula, which is neither peace nor war, has come to an end”.
The statement, as bellicose as it may sound when quoted out of context, is also a recognition of facts because the North and the South of Korea have technically been in a state of war since 1950. No peace treaty has been signed between the North and the South when armed hostilities ended in 1953.
The only agreement signed was an armistice agreement, which both the Republic of South Korea and the USA have violated hundreds of times. The event that prompted the DPRK to declare the armistice agreement null and void earlier this year was the deployment of nuclear armed US aircraft carriers and nuclear armed submarines, with a strike capability of at least 100 nuclear weapons, into theater of the military exercises.
While reactions from the USA are ambiguous. A spokesperson of the US national security council, Caitlin Hayden stated on one hand that the DPRK has a long history of “bellicose rhetoric”, while she also stated, that the USA is taking the threats seriously.
Russia´s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned, that the situation, with the DPRK´s ballistic missile forces on high alert, targeting American bases, could easily spiral out of control. Lavrov emphasized that the Russian position on the situation is, that both the USA and the DPRK bear responsibility for the recent, substantial escalation of tensions, and called on both sides to “stop flexing their military muscle”.
The Russian Foreign Minister referred to the recent round of sanctions against the DPRK, saying, “We are concerned that alongside the adequate, collective reaction of the UN Security Council, unilateral action is being taken around North Korea that is increasing military activity”. The unilateral action Sergei Lavrov has referred to, are US plans to upgrade its missile defense against the DPRK, the joint US-South Korean contingency plan in the event of an attack, as well as the recent and ongoing military exercises with unprecedented nuclear attack drills.
“The situation could simply get out of control” said Sergei Lavrov, when addressing journalists on Friday. Lavrov called for the resumption of the six-party discussion of North Korea´s nuclear arsenal within the framework of the country´s international obligations.
There are however, also problems with the Russian position. According international law, the DPRK is not prohibited from developing nuclear weapons capabilities. Likewise, it was perfectly legitimate for the DPRK to develop satellite technology and to launch a satellite.
The problem with the Russian position is, that the rounds of sanctions against the DPRK, following the DPRK´s satellite launch and nuclear test are, although they have been approved of by the UN security Council, are illegal. The mere fact that the security council has adopted a resolution with the concurrent vote of all of its permanent members, does not imply, that the resolution has primacy over international law.
Russia, China and the USA avoid addressing the real causes of the crisis. Neither the Russian, the Chinese, the US-American nor any European government has so far addressed the actual causes of the Korea Crisis. In fact, both Russia, China and the USA seem to do their best to cover them up.
The recent round of sanctions against the DPRK, which triggered the crisis, which violate international law and further isolate the country, are primarily motivated by Russian, Chinese as well as US ambitions to obstruct the development of North Korea´s national economy and the opening of the country´s economy to foreign markets and investors.
Contrary to the image which is systematically conveyed in both western and many eastern mainstream media, the young Korean head of state, Kim Yong-Un has studies in Schweitz, he is well versed in economic theory, he is burning to modernize the North Korean economy and to open it for selected Asian and European partners, and, to make matters worse for the USA, Russia and China, he has the support of the country´s military as well as the support of the Communist Party of Korea.
During his new years speech, the young North Korean head of state promised, that the government will turn the DPRK into a regional economic powerhouse. The DPRK has, over the last years, had consultations with among other, German scientists, economists, political leaders, and corporations, and developed a realistic plan that really could turn the country into a regional economic powerhouse.
Rather than adopting the Chinese model, the DPRK is working on emulating the Vietnamese model for developing a modern market economy and in close cooperation with German advisers. In his new years speech, Kim Yong-Un explained, that the DPRK would open its economy for Asian as well as European partners, including South Korea, Japan and Germany.
The USA is vehemently opposed to the development of a thriving market economy in the DPRK, knowing that a modern market economy in the North would be a substantial step forward in the direction of the creation of a realistic basis for the peaceful re-unification of the divided country. South Korea is the most valuable basis for the United States regional hegemony and its pivot against Chinese interests.
Any development that potentially could lead to a re-unification of the divided country is, from a US-foreign policy and geo-political perspective unacceptable. Any development of this nature will naturally be opposed by the USA, and be opposed with all possible means.
China is, even though it has problems admitting it, opposed to the development of a modern and strong national and market economy in the DPRK. During his new years speech, Kim Yong-Un explained, that there was a need for adjustments in the trade balance between China and the DPRK. China could, so Kim Yong-Un, not continue to merely perceive the DPRK as a neighbor from where it can buy cheap resources.
In case the DPRK, together with German partners, makes progress in research and development and in the establishment of an industry, which can produce high technology products in North Korea, China would have a serious competitor or partner, rather than a provider of cheap natural resources as a neighbor. According to some estimates, the development has, over the course of the last two years, resulted in a reduction of Chinese – North Korean trade with more than 10, according to some analysts up to 20 %.
Also Russia is not particularly fond of the idea of a DPRK, which is developing into a strong market economy. According to some experts and analysts, Russian corporations within research and development as well as high technology, who are currently having lucrative joint venture contracts with Germany, would perceive a developing DPRK as a dangerous competitor rather than as a potential partner.
The diplomatic tensions between Russia and the EU, and in particular Germany, which have developed since the onset of the crisis in Syria, and which have culminated after the EU has adopted the EU´s Third Energy Packet, is one more reason for the Russian governments and Russian industry and finance to oppose the development of the DPRK´s national economy and its high tech industries in cooperation with Germany.
Analysts, including the author of this article, perceive the latest two rounds of sanctions against the DPRK, based on the legitimate development of satellite technology and a satellite launch, and based on the underground nuclear test earlier this year, as a joint Chinese, Russian, US-attempt to stall the development of the DPRK´s economy. Each of them have their particular reasons. Both Russia and China rely on the DPRK for strategical reasons, to prevent a further military expansion of the USA´s regional hegemony, but both so it seems, would like to keep the DPRK dependent and under developed.
It is within this context, that this years US military exercises are taking place.
It is within this context, that the USA has held its unprecedented exercise with B-2 Strategic Bombers, practicing a surprise nuclear attack on the people of the DPRK,- It is within the context of a USA , which is the sole nation who has ever used nuclear weapons in anger against largely undefended cities, killing tens of thousands instantaneously and hundreds of thousands from radiation and other consequences;- It is within the context of a USA, which will use all necessary means, with all options being on the table, to prevent the development of a national economy in the North, which would create the foundation for a peaceful re-unification;- And it is within the context of both Russia and China having played along with the USA, in enforcing even more genocidal, inhumane, devastating and utterly illegal sanctions against the DPRK for their own reasons, that the head of state of the Democratic Peoples´ Republic Korea has made the statement, that the country is in a state of war.
The only point in which the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is correct, is that the situation could easily get out of control. How about a Russia that would stop fanning the flames, and how about a Russia that does not repeat its Libya blunder at the UN Security Council against the DPRK.
Dr. Christof Lehmann, Founder and the Senior Editor for nsnbc.me, is also one of the frequent contributors for The 4th Media.