- Strange that Mr. Bush wants to take on Korea when he isn't even
through with Iraq. Maybe he just wants the distinction of having
started a world war.
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From the tone of the first news story below (reporting
on John Bolton's speech) it sounds like the US is
escalating things in Korea. It might just be making
noise to try to pressure Pyongyang on the issue of
multilateral meetings though; American leaders like to
play stupid psychological "games" like that.
Just for perspective, I've tacked on at the bottom
four items from the last two days' Korean Central News
Agency news bulletins.
U.S. Official Says N.Korea a 'Hellish Nightmare'
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By Martin Nesirky
SEOUL (Reuters) - Top U.S. arms negotiator John Bolton
described North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on Thursday
as a tyrannical dictator who lived like royalty while
jailing thousands and keeping many hungry in a
Slideshow: North Korea Nuclear Tensions
In a tough speech guaranteed to provoke a blistering
North Korean response, the undersecretary of state
also said Kim was mistaken if he thought threats to
proliferate nuclear weapons would weaken international
resolve to halt his atomic ambitions.
His comments come at a delicate time. Secretary of
State Colin Powell (news - web sites), whom Bolton
advises on arms control, told Reuters in Washington on
Wednesday there was a "distinct possibility" of talks
Japan's Kyodo news agency said the United States,
China and North Korea (news - web sites) were
discussing possible three-way talks in early
September. Bolton declined comment on this at a news
conference. But he said earlier the ball was in North
Korea's court to respond to a U.S. proposal on the
format of talks.
There was an initial, inconclusive round of three-way
talks in Beijing in April at which the North told the
United States it had nuclear weapons and was seeking
to make more.
"The days of (North Korean) blackmail are over,"
Bolton said in a speech. "Kim Jong-il is dead wrong to
think that developing nuclear weapons will improve his
Bolton, widely seen as a hawk on North Korea, painted
a stark picture of life for North Koreans with Kim at
"LIVES LIKE ROYALTY"
He mentioned Kim's name some 40 times, and described
him as one of the world's "tyrannical rogue state
leaders" who needed to introduce sweeping reforms or
face economic ruin.
"While he lives like royalty in Pyongyang, he keeps
hundreds of thousands of his people locked in prison
camps with millions more mired in abject poverty,
scrounging the ground for food," he told the East Asia
"For many in North Korea, life is a hellish
North Korea is edging toward nuclear talks but has
recently repeated its demand Washington drop its
Bolton was asked what effect his speech might have on
North Korea's decision on whether to restart nuclear
He replied: "It is important to tell the truth and I
think that being able to state clearly the concerns we
have about the regime in North Korea is important
internationally in explaining why we are concerned
both about its own support for terrorism and its
pursuit of weapons of mass destruction."
Bolton, who flies next to Tokyo, said the United
States and its allies were trying to persuade North
Korea to start multilateral talks on its atomic plans.
North Korea wants direct talks with Washington, a line
Bolton called a "one-note piano concerto." He said it
would be highly irresponsible for Washington to hold
He said other tracks should be pursued too, including
the U.N. Security Council taking "appropriate and
"Unfortunately, the Council is not playing the part it
should," he said. "To date, virtually nothing has
Bolton, who visited China before Seoul, said 11
countries in the "Proliferation Security Initiative"
would continue efforts to try to thwart illicit
"Kim Jong-il would be wise to consider diversifying
his export base to something besides weapons of mass
destruction and ballistic missiles," Bolton said.
A U.S. combat team equipped with state-of-the-art
fighting vehicles arrived in South Korea (news - web
sites) on Thursday for training. The North's KCNA news
agency said it was "a scout party to ignite another
war of aggression."
From the Korean Central News Agency bulletin of 31
KCNA blasts U.S. war outcries
Pyongyang, July 30 (KCNA) -- U.S. belligerent
forces are now letting loose a string of war outcries
to contain the DPRK by force. On July 24 mires,
chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, said that
the U.S. forces in South Korea are ready to take part
in a war anytime, and on July 27 Laporte, commander of
the U.S. forces in South Korea, asserted that the U.S.
forces will win a "victory" with technological
superiority in case of "emergency" on the Korean
Such war outbursts can not but arouse the caution
of the DPRK as they were little short of a dangerous
signal for putting into practice their strategy for a
preemptive attack on the DPRK.
Such green light was given to the war action at a
time when the U.S. is massively deploying ultra-modern
military hardware in and around the Korean Peninsula
after announcing the "Operation Plan 5030", a new war
scenario to attack the DPRK, recently. This clearly
indicates that the Bush administration totally threw
away the signboard of "dialogue" and "peace" it has
ostensibly professed as regards the nuclear issue on
the Korean Peninsula and is opting to stifle the DPRK
by military attack at any cost. And it has become
clearer why the U.S. is dead-set against the
DPRK-proposed bilateral talks between the DPRK and the
U.S. and the conclusion of a non-aggression treaty
The reckless military moves of the U.S.
self-expose that its oft-repeated "peaceful solution
to the nuclear issue of North Korea" is no more than a
fig leaf to cover up its moves to invade the DPRK by
The DPRK put forward a landmark proposal to hold
the bilateral talks between the DPRK and the U.S. to
conclude a non-aggression treaty between them for the
peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
However, the U.S. insisted only on the
unacceptable assertion that the DPRK "should scrap its
nuclear weapons program before dialogue", ignoring its
just demand, and raised such secondary issues as the
format of talks as preconditions.
We have already declared that if the U.S. has a
willingness to drop its hostile policy toward the
DPRK, we will not stick to the format of talks.
It is the stand of the DPRK that the bilateral
talks should be held between the DPRK and the U.S. to
be followed by the U.S.-proposed multilateral talks in
order to settle the nuclear issue between Pyongyang
Nevertheless, the U.S. refuses to accept the
DPRK's just proposal. This proves once again that the
U.S. is pursuing only the policy of strength to bring
the DPRK to its knees behind the curtain of dialogue.
Dialogue and war can never go together.
Now that the united states does not abandon its
attempt to stifle the DPRK by force, the DPRK will
further increase the self-reliant defence capability
and take all necessary steps to prevent the war and
protect the sovereignty and security of the country
and the destiny and dignity of the nation.
From the Korean Central News Agency bulletin of 31
Cancellation of plan for sabre rattling against DPRK
Pyongyang, July 30 (KCNA) -- The United States and
the South Korean belligerent forces should cancel at
once the plan for the provocative war exercises "Ulji
Focus Lens", properly judging the readiness of the
Korean people to fight the enemy in a do-or-die spirit
and their resolution to annihilate the enemy. Rodong
Sinmun today says this in a signed commentary.
It goes on:
Recently the united states published a plan to
stage joint military exercises "Ulji Focus Lens" from
august 18 by hurling the South Korean army into them.
The joint exercises are a test war, a preliminary
war against the DPRK from a to z in view of its
nature, content and scale.
They are fraught with increasing danger as they
are slated to take place under the touch-and-go
situation on the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. imperialists are putting into practice
their "arms buildup plan" aimed to arm their forces in
South Korea with new type ultra-modern weapons and
their scheme to blockade the DPRK in the sea and the
air and lay an international siege to it. they do not
conceal their provocative "Operation Plan 5030" in
which the outbreak of the Korean War is made an
established fact. It is against this backdrop that
they are trying to inveigle South Korea into the joint
military exercises with an aim to "fully examine" the
preparations for war of aggression against the DPRK.
The adventurous moves to stifle the DPRK by force
pushed forward by the U.S. in all aspects compel the
DPRK to take strong countermeasures.
From the Korean Central News Agency Bulletin of 30
KCNA flails U.S. strategy for preemptive strike
Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) -- "Information" used by
the United States for justifying the Iraqi War has
proved totally false, creating a great furor. The Bush
administration has so far spearheaded the operation to
scour every nook and corner of Iraq so as to find out
objective evidence proving Iraq's "possession of
weapons of mass destruction" which it cited as a
pretext for starting the Iraqi War. But it has so far
proved futile, thus driving Washington into a
At a time when there is an increasing doubt on the
international arena about information about "weapons
of mass destruction" in Iraq, U.S. political and press
circles are becoming increasingly assertive that the
Bush administration might distort or hype the
above-said information when launching the attack on
It is becoming clearer that the "information" is
false as those involved in the war expressed their
understanding of their assertion.
Much upset by this, the bush regime tried to
clinch the case by shifting the blame for the leakage
of false information about the Iraq's "plan for
purchasing uranium" onto the CIA.
The Iraqi War broke out as the inspection
conducted under the pretext of "anti-terrorism"
demanded disarmament and systematically led to an
armed attack. It was a war of aggression and state
terrorism the U.S. unilaterally committed, ignoring
international law and the united nations, to meet its
political purpose and economic interests.
The U.S. intends to apply the same methods to the
DPRK as it did in the Iraqi War. It was by no means
before long that the U.S. had to pay a price for
peddling false "information" about "enriched uranium
plan" and the suspected "secret underground nuclear
facility" in Kumchang-ri of the DPRK.
By nature, the nuclear issue on the Korean
Peninsula was caused by the policy to stifle the DPRK
pursued by the U.S. that regards the DPRK as an
anathema to it, not an issue of whether one develops
nuclear weapons or not.
The U.S. council on foreign relations in a recent
report titled "meeting nuclear challenge of North
Korea" said that the U.S. should consider pushing
forward tough measures to the possible scope though it
does not command full support from regional allies.
As the document shows, the U.S. is not concealing
its vicious plot to mount a preemptive military attack
on the DPRK at any cost under the pretext of the
nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
The escalated reckless moves of the U.S. to carry
out its strategy for preemptive attack compels the
army and the people in the DPRK to keep themselves
If the U.S., which seems to be upbeat after the
Iraqi War, goes on with its policy to stifle the DPRK
without discretion, it will only precipitate its
From the Korean Central News Agency Bulletin of 30
U.S. attempt at preemptive attack under fire.
Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA)-- The "peaceful method"
and "dialogue" much touted by the U.S. ruling quarters
so far as regards the nuclear issue between the DPRK
and the U.S. are nothing but a clumsy burlesque
intended to cover up their psychological warfare and
escalated moves to stifle the DPRK by force such as
finally examining and comprehensively rounding off a
new scenario for a war against the DPRK so-called
"Operation Plan 5030". Rodong Sinmun today says this
in a signed commentary denouncing the united states
for having worked out the "Operation Plan 5030", a new
plan for a war of aggression on the DPRK, aimed at
mounting a preemptive attack on it behind the curtain
of "dialogue". The news analyst goes on:
The U.S. is pushing ahead with the plan to bolster
up the U.S. forces present in South Korea to mount a
preemptive attack on the DPRK behind the curtain of
"dialogue" and stepping up the strategic deployment
such as transferring its combat equipment involved in
the Iraqi War to South Korea.
The U.S. imperialists, while demanding the DPRK
"drop its nuclear development program before
dialogue", are stepping up the development of smaller
nukes to make nuclear strikes at the DPRK's strategic
targets and underground facilities.
The "Operation Plan 5030" worked out against this
backdrop, suggests that the U.S. imperialists'
provocation of another Korean War is not a hypothesis
but becoming a reality. But the DPRK has its own
powerful operation mode to cope with the U.S. war
If the U.S. dares to ignite another war against
the DPRK, judging it as its earlier targets of war,
this would be the most gross mistake ever to be
committed by it in history.
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