What Koreans Say

Korea is one nation divided by imperialism
digest: The division between the two Koreas is artificial, a result of WW2 imperialist geopolitical rivalry. August 10, 1945, Dean Rusk and another US officer decided to divide the nation on the 38th parallel which leave left Seoul under US control. The Republic of Korea, occupied by about 30,000 US troops, is a critical proxy in the US global war for domination

White Paper Reveals Danger of US-S. Korea War Drills Plan
April 8. 2013 Juch 102 Pyongyang,(KCNA)

The U.S. and south Korea recently laid out a "plan"... on-going war drills against the north is aimed to put the plan into practice... a heinous nuclear war rehearsal to bring a nuclear holocaust to the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and other parts of the world....

The National Reunification Institute Monday released a white paper revealing the gravity and danger of the war drills being held by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean regime to prove who is the provoker increasing the danger of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula. The white paper said:
U.S. and south Korea have kept up staging war drills against the DPRK for six decades since the ceasefire.
U.S. imperialists and south Korean puppets waged more than 18,000 north-targeted war drills and military trainings in south Korea since the ceasefire...the number was officially made public.
The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills have been staged every year in south Korea, involving hundreds of thousands of troops including the U.S. aggression troops in south Korea, south Korean puppet army, U.S. forces from its mainland, Pacific region and Japan and even troops of its allies such as Britain, Australia, Colombia, Canada and Denmark.
In particular, the war drill Ulji Freedom Guardian activated more than 400,000-500,000 troops including the U.S. aggression troops in south Korea, U.S. reinforcement troops, the three services of the south Korean puppet army, those concerned of the south Korean "government" institutions and local autonomous bodies.
This shows that U.S. and south Korea mobilize huge forces enough to conduct a total war in the north-targeted war exercises...involving the latest war hardware and means.

Right after the cease-fire, the U.S. loudly spoke in public that "it suffered a defeat in the Korean War because it did not use A-bombs". It drew up scenarios of nuclear war including 8-53 and the "9-day heavy strike strategy", which called for using nuclear weapons in case of second Korean war, and has gone desperate waging military drills according to the scenarios.
The U.S. officially made public to the world in July 1957 that it started the work to arm the U.S. forces present in south Korea with nuclear weapons and massively introduced nuclear weapons including tactical nuclear missile Honest John and 280 mm atomic artillery pieces into south Korea to hurl them into Focus Lens, Focus Retina and other north-targeted war drills.
U.S. nuclear war provocation against the DPRK became evermore undisguised in Team Spirit joint military drills it staged with the puppet army in the 1970s [that] involved F-16 fighter bomber, B-1B long-distance strategic bomber and nuclear submarines...even drill using atomic artillery pieces and the drill of launching Lens nuclear missile.
In the early 1980s there took place in the underground operational room of the White House a mock exercise for commanding a nuclear war to strike all parts of the DPRK all at once in the presence of the U.S. president and over 1,000 nuclear warmongers. The U.S. staged a drill for a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK after introducing the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers Enterprise and Midway into south Korea during the Team Spirit of 1983.
In 1985, it introduced the Blue Beret special unit armed with backpack nukes into south Korea to conduct evil drills of sabotaging the rear areas of the DPRK. From1987 it activated the nuclear war-commanding plane to wage reckless war drills under various codenames to attack areas of the DPRK with nukes on the ground and seas and in the air.
In the 1994 RSOI it rehearsed a nuclear war with the involvement of up-to-date strike means after drawing up such nuclear war scenarios as OPLAN 5026, OPLAN 5027, and the plan for bombing Nyongbyon that envisaged mounting a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK.
In 2002 the U.S. worked out a "nuclear posture review" and a "national security strategy report" in which it put the DPRK on the list of preemptive nuclear attack. In March 2005 it advanced a "joint nuclear operational doctrine" and, pursuant to this, staged madcap drills for preemptive nuclear attack during RSOI, Foal Eagle, Ulji Focus Lens and other joint military exercises.
Since 2008 the U.S. has hurled all ultra-modern nuclear attack means including the largest-ever nuclear aircraft carrier and strategic bombers into Key Resolve, Foal Eagle and Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises. B-2A flew into the sky above south Korea from the U.S. mainland for the first time in U.S. history to stage a mock drill for dropping nuclear bombs as part of Key Resolve and Foal Eagle. John S. McCain and Decatur, Aegis destroyers carrying interceptor missiles, and SBX-1 were dispatched and two nuclear carrier flotillas were deployed in the waters off the Korean Peninsula.
As seen above, "defensive".military drills being staged by the U.S. and the south Korean puppet warmongers under various codenames...to all intents and purposes, are premeditated provocations to launch a war on the Korean Peninsula and nuclear war maneuvers to preempt a nuclear attack on the DPRK. All the facts go to clearly prove they are the arch criminals escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, provocateurs, aggressors harassing peace and increasing the danger of war. -0-

What North Koreans Think
8 April 2013, http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/08/what-north-koreans-think/) (excerpts)
I recently returned from a late March trip to North Korea [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, DPRK] with 45 others, through Koryo Tours. I only recall the DPRK's view mentioned here being mentioned once in corporate media, when Dennis Rodman returned with a message from new President Kim Jong... “I don’t want war, call me.” Nobel Peace Prize winning President Obama refused to accept it, preferring an escalating threat of a regional nuclear.... I asked our Korean tours guides to be interviewed to present their views to US people.

Has the DPRK made proposals for peaceful national reunification?
Yes.. In our history we proposed three principles for reunification: that the North and South unite the country independently of foreign forces, that we reunify peacefully, and that we work together over the years to create unity of the nation....Now the US and South Korea plan is the DPRK will collapse. The situation continues to deteriorate. They are playing a dangerous game...
Why did the DPRK feel the need to develop a nuclear bomb?
Koreans had to deal with the reality of nuclear weapons twice before. Many thousands of Korans were used as slave labor by the Japanese in World War II, and many were forced labor workers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the U.S. dropped the atomic bombs. Later, in the U.S. war in Korean, U.S. General MacArthur wanted to drop 50-70 atomic bombs along the China-Korea border to create a belt of land people cannot live on or cross. Later in the Pueblo incident in 1968, when the DPRK captured a U.S. spy ship in our waters, President Johnson aircraft carriers with nuclear weapons to Korea. And in 1969 when the U.S. E-C spy plane was shot down over our territory, the U.S. again threatened us with a nuclear attack.
The “Team Spirit” US-South Korea war exercises from the 1970s to the 1990s practiced with using nuclear bombs.
The DPRK joined the International Atomic Energy Agency and became a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty member in 1985. We wanted to develop cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. Our purpose for joining was to be safe from nuclear attack. But the threat has continued.
In 1994 with our agreement with the US, we froze our nuclear program. In exchange, President Clinton and the US promised to supply us with a light water reactor... Clinton did not honor the agreement... the US thought the DPRK would collapse. We allowed nuclear inspections until 1999 to show our nuclear power was for peaceful purposes. The US broke the agreement in 2002 under Bush, and we resumed using our nuclear power plant... We learned from the US that the US has no justice, no fairness. The US respects only power. So the DPRK developed nuclear weapons to have power. The DPRK needs to allocate resources to meet people’s needs but must spend money on nuclear weapons to protect and defend our country. We learned the lesson in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan: be strong.
The DPRK negotiated with the U.S., but the U.S. broke agreements, and increased sanctions five times. When the DPRK would agree to some terms, the U.S. would raise the ante. The U.S. said we cannot have nuclear power, because we could use it for bombs. We cannot have satellites because the missiles we send them into space with can be used as military missiles... these things have dual purpose, one civilian, one military. They deny us food because they say it can be used to feed the military....
There are slave states and noble states...Noble states are in control of their own development and have a future...develop their own technological infrastructure, GPS, weather reporting, etc., so need satellites, used for many things... a slave state is dependent on other countries. Maybe without nuclear weapons we could already have been attacked by the US...The people of the DPRK are proud we have nuclear weapons, a guarantee of peace. Only on our own can we safeguard the peace.
The US has over 1000 nuclear weapons in South Korea – nuclear artillery, nuclear missiles, nuclear bombs, nuclear landmines. The DPRK has called for a nuclear free Korean peninsula, but this call has been ignored...Now we saw no choice but to develop nuclear weapons to defend ourselves, we are sanctioned.
What do the people of the DPRK think of the US/UN sanctions? How do these sanctions affect the people here?
We have been coping with U.S. sanctions since 1945. Our people think the sanctions are a clear example of a double standard and a misuse of the UN Security Council. There is no justification for them. Sanctions were applied because of our nuclear bomb tests and satellite launches. Since World War II there have been 9000 missile/ satellite launches. Four by the DPRK. There have been 2000 nuclear tests, 3 by the DPRK. But the UN never made a resolution or imposed sanctions against any country for doing that, only the DPRK. Other countries are like US puppets to go along with this.
The sanctions affect every household, every individual in the DPRK. There are power cuts, a heating and energy shortage, a lack of oil and spare parts for machinery, a food problem. Even you visiting tourists are affected by the sanctions, as you see with your hotels. The sanctions threaten any country that trades with the DPRK... Our trade now is really only with China.