|The News Line: Editorial
Thursday, 10 August 2017
TRUMP THREATENS NORTH KOREA WITH ‘FIRE AND FURY!’
SPEAKING in New Jersey, President Trump has delivered a final warning to North Korea.
He said that, ‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.’ He added that the North Korean leader ‘has been very threatening beyond a normal state … As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.’
This fire and fury has however been seen before. This was when 72 years ago the US, supported by the UK, dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan, on the city of Hiroshima on August 6 1945 and then a few days later on August 9 1945 on the city of Nagasaki, murdering hundreds of thousands of men, women and children.
Japan was suing for peace at that time but the US leadership was anxious to use its new atomic power, so as to demonstrate to their temporary ally Stalin, that they had a ‘super weapon’, and that they were prepared to use it, even if it meant hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths, to show that such a weapon could be used against the Soviet Union.
Now, on the 72nd anniversary of these A-bomb attacks, Trump is threatening to do the same or worse to North Korea. Trump’s threat came shortly after The Washington Post quoted a Defence Intelligence Agency analysis, that North Korea had crossed a major threshold by successfully producing ‘nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery’.
Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Chris Logan also confirmed that military action is never off the table regarding North Korea. Logan said: ‘We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies and to use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the growing threat from North Korea.’
Dan Pfeiffer, former White House communications director tweeted: ‘Don’t gloss over the fact that Trump threatened what can only be interpreted as a nuclear attack on North Korea if Kim Jong-un taunts him.’
North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. Pyongyang claimed that its latest missile, test-fired on July 4, can deliver a ‘large, heavy nuclear warhead’ to the US continent. US National Security Adviser HR McMaster said on Saturday the United States is preparing for all options, including a ‘preemptive war’, to stop North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, and that the US ‘will not tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States’.
On Tuesday, media reports in the US claimed that North Korea had achieved its goal of making a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles. A report in the Washington Post, citing US intelligence officials, suggested North Korea was developing nuclear weapons capable of hitting the US at a much faster rate than expected.
The News Line congratulates North Korea on its remarkable scientific and technical progress that has enabled it to develop nuclear weaponry and now its means of delivery in record time. There is not the slightest doubt that Kim Jong-un has learnt the lessons from the imperialist onslaughts on Iraq and then Libya that saw advanced countries completely destroyed.
The main lesson is never trust the imperialist powers, after what they did to destroy Iraq and then disarmed Libya of its wmds only for NATO to invade the country, murder its leader Colonel Gadaffi and then destroy the most advanced country in Africa, creating a flight of millions of refugees.
The Koreans experienced slavery under the Japanese Empire from 1910 until 1945, after which Soviet troops occupied the north and US troops the south. The North Koreans battled US and UN forces from 1950 to 1953 when an attempt was made to wipe out the North. At one stage, the US army advanced to the Yalu river border with China, when the latter entered the war and helped drive the Americans and their allies back to what became the armistice line.
The North Korean people and leadership will never bend the knee to, or trust, the imperialist powers and, now that they have nuclear weaponry and the means of delivery, will never agree to give up such weapons while the imperialist threat remains.
The UK and US trade unions must demand ‘no war on North Korea’, and that all US forces must leave the Korean peninsula so as to create the conditions where the North and South Korean governments can engage in talks with the object of reunifying the Korean peninsula under socialism. Long live the anti-imperialist struggle of North Korea! Forward to unification and a Socialist Korea!
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