from Security Council imposes vicious sanctions on North Korea [Workers World]
The United Nations Security Council has voted 15-0 to impose draconian sanctions upon the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in retaliation for its nuclear test of Oct. 9. The sanctions resolution was piloted through the Security Council by the U.S. government, which has 10,000 nuclear warheads and is the only power ever to use nuclear weapons in warfare.
The sanctions violate the United Nations Charter, which recognizes the right of nations to self-defense against aggression or intended aggression. Washington has been threatening the DPRK with nuclear attack since its 1950-53 war in Korea. The testing and development of a nuclear bomb by the DPRK has taken place strictly within the framework of unrelenting threats by Washington.
Most recently the Bush administration referred to the DPRK as part of an “axis of evil,” threatened the government of North Korea with “regime change,” and authorized the Pentagon in 2002 to develop “flexible plans” to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, including the DPRK, as well as authorizing first-strike nuclear use. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld threatened the DPRK with nuclear attack in 2003. And the Pentagon also began developing a new generation of “bunker-buster” nuclear warheads aimed at underground facilities in the DPRK and Iran.
The Clinton administration twice threatened the DPRK with nuclear war—once in 1993 when the government in Pyongyang said it might leave the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in response to demands that it permit intrusive inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Clinton administration was only prevented from launching an attack on North Korean nuclear installations by last-minute negotiations between former President Jimmy Carter and then North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. Clinton carried out mock nuclear exercises against the DPRK in 1998.
Right now the Pentagon has nuclear-armed submarines and guided missile destroyers in the sea off the Korean peninsula and nuclear-capable bombers on the island of Guam. The U.S. carries out military exercises on a regular basis that are open practice for war against the DPRK.
The big business media has called the government of North Korea “paranoid” and “irrational.” Paranoid means seeing threats that are not there. Irrational means doing things that don’t make sense. The threat of nuclear attack from the U.S. government is clearly there and has been for years. Thus it makes sense to try to develop a deterrent against a known threat.
The latest hysteria being drummed up by the Bush administration and the capitalist media is the so-called “threat” by the DPRK to conduct a second nuclear test. They are all acting as if the DPRK were threatening the people of the U.S.
Unlike the Bush administration, the DPRK has pledged not to be the first to use a nuclear weapon. In other words, the nuclear weapons program of the DPRK is strictly a retaliatory deterrent directed against a potential nuclear attack by Washington, and nothing else. It is also military logic that the DPRK is not going to initiate a nuclear war with the imperialist power that has enough nuclear weapons to wipe out a good part of the world.
Friday, October 20, 2006
It is said that North Korea only possesses enough materials for something like 10 nuclear warheads. Regardless, even with the working technology, I don't think they are stupid enough to start firing them at the US. If they did, after the first shot, it is pretty likely that they would be flattened!!!