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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - international, United States / North Korea: Sparks in a powder magazine (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:30:20 +0300


Once again, North Korea fired a missile over Japan ; once again, the Security Council will meet ; once again, Washington fulminates. Simple bluff ? It would be wrong to shrug your shoulders. ---- For paranoia and totalitarianism - in 2016, 120,000 prisoners survived in concentration camps [1]- the Kim Jong-un regime pursues, on an international level, objectives that are not irrational, and which explain the current crisis. ---- The caste in power is obsessed with the recognition of its right to existence and security. For Pyongyang, the main obstacle to this recognition is the hostility of the world's leading power, the United States. The war of 1950-1953 killed 200,000 North Koreans, and no peace treaty was ever signed, which still leaves the threat of a threatened ceasefire at stake.

The strategy of Kim Jong-un

The short-term goal of Pyongyang is to secure the establishment of a bilateral dialogue with Washington, which would initiate recognition of the legitimacy of North Korea. Hence his strategy of alternating hands extended to South Korea and demonstrations of nuclear force to compel the United States to concede this dialogue.

Does that mean that there is nothing to fear and that these are only diplomatic ranting ?

Not at all, for there have been many times in history where, in a state of warlike tension, a war may have begun on a misunderstanding or a badly controlled slippage.

South Korean and Japanese peace activists are right to call for de-escalation, an end to the arms race and a break with US military guardianship which only fuel a climate of high-risk suspicion and transform the Korean Peninsula into a powder magazine .

The Japanese left and the extreme Korean left protest

In this warlike escalation, it is necessary to emphasize to what extent South Korea is treated as a negligible quantity. According to a well-established tradition since the 1990s, Seoul is left out of the crisis talks between Washington, Beijing and Tokyo. South Korea only appears as part of the US military system.

Considering that South Korea is the plaything of an inter-imperialist rivalry that surpasses it, one of the main South Korean anti-capitalist organizations, Workers' Solidarity [2], demands that Seoul emerge from the military alliance with the United States - an alliance that is both a protection and a factor of danger [3]. Thus, in the spring of 2017, the deployment by the US military of the Thaad anti-missile system on South Korean territory provoked strong protests and demonstrations [4].

In Japan, the very social-democratic, but resolutely pacifist, Communist Party - demanding the break-up of the Japanese-American military alliance - condemned the North Korean " provocations " and stressed that the " direct dialogue " demanded by the North Korea with the United States became " urgent " to initiate a de-escalation [5].

The nuclear weapon is an abomination ; Alternative libertarian is favorable to its abolition, whether in France, the United States, North Korea or elsewhere ; but in no case should the North Korean nuclear program be the cause of a war with disastrous consequences.

Alternative libertarian, September 15, 2017

[1] Report " North Korea 2016-2017 " Amnesty International.

[2] Workers' solidarity publishes the newspaper Left 21 and is affiliated with a Trotskyist international. It denounces South Korean capitalism and North Korean state capitalism, nested in a totalitarian dictatorship.

[3] Article from August 31, 2017 on Wspaper.org

[4] " South Korea: demonstration against the US missile shield " , Europe1.fr, June 24, 2017.

[5] In the Akahata Shimbun , CPJ daily, September 5, 2017.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Etats-Unis-Coree-du-Nord-Des-etincelles-dans-une-poudriere
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