Fledgling despot Kim Jong-un inspects a
museum largely about himself
and his family, in this photo
from the Korean Central News Agency.
U.S. Has ‘Compelled’
North Korea to Build Nuclear Weapons (RodongSinmun, North Korea)
Can the United
States be blamed for the existence of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program? According
to this editorial from Pyongyang’s state-run RodongSinmun, blaming the victim for provoking war is
an ‘old imperialist trick’ that will not work this time, and that if pushed too
far, North Korea’s answer will be ‘merciless.’ More of a conventional editorial,
it seems that the Kim Jong-un regime has taken a step
back from Pyongyang’s past Stalinist rhetoric.
The reckless moves to provoke a war by the United States and
its puppet clique in south Korea have worsened inter-Korean
relations and raised tension on the Korean Peninsula, causing fear and anxiety
both at home and abroad.
[Editor’s Note: North Korean regime and its media lower cases
the “s” in South Korea to indicate its opposition to its existence as an
Recently, frequent meetings and summits have been held
around the world that involve repeated moves to impose sanctions, threaten us and
infringe on our country's dignity, sovereignty and legal rights.
All of these moves are conducted allegedly to prevent
"provocations from the North."
It seems that in their eyes, our possession of nuclear
weapons, satellite-launching capabilities for peaceful purposes and the counter
measures we have taken against their war plots are "provocations."
Who on earth is it that aggravates tension in the Korean
Peninsula – and where does this threat of war actually come from? It is an old imperialist
trick to trigger war by accusing others of provoking them. U.S. wars in Korea
and Vietnam were typical examples.
The "theory of provocation from the North" is an
extension of this aggressive war policy, and an outcome of their evil scheme to
trigger a confrontation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. And it
is the nuclear issue upon which they have focused and sought to find fault.
The DPRK has all along maintained
that the Korean Peninsula must be a nuclear-free zone. So how is it that we
ourselves have come to be a nuclear power? To answer that, one must answer
another question: Where does the nuclear threat come from, and who is threatening
During the Korean War, by virtue of Atomic-bomb blackmail,
they shepherded many Koreans to the south, tearing asunder tens of millions of Korean
Every Korean knows that it is was the United States that first
introduced nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula, turning the south into the
world largest nuclear base, while for decades holding nuclear war exercises.
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Moreover, south Korea has become an
advanced base for a nuclear war, and its rulers have become a shock force for
the United States by participating in America’s nuclear war strategy. Therefore,
they have no right to say anything about our nuclear deterrence.
Our satellite launches are another issue they find fault
with. By describing our peaceful satellite launch as a long-range missile test,
they have ruptured DPRK-U.S. negotiations and the
Space development is a universally recognized right of all
nations. Many countries have launched satellites, just as we have – and we have
every right to do so.
Before the satellite launch, we invited foreign experts and
media to observe what was going on. Everything was very transparent, yet the south Korean puppets once again asserted the absurd claim
that intercontinental ballistic missile technology was applied to our satellite
launch, and that therefore, it could not be justified.
According to their logic, Japan's satellite launches are
also aimed at the developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, as have south Korea's launches, which have so far repeatedly failed.
We must therefore also take issue with these claims.
The United States in particular has no standing to complain.
It has launched scores of satellites every year and regularly updated its
missiles and anti-missile defenses. It is therefore most absurd for America to
talk about our "missile threat," which up to now has been non-existent.
Every time we take appropriate measures against provocations
and threats from the U.S. or south Korea, they blame
us for "provoking" or "threatening" them. Defaming the supreme
dignity of the DPRK can never be forgiven.
Frantic war efforts on the part of the U.S. and south Korea have compelled us to focus on a defense build up.
Nevertheless, they continue to quarrel with us about our human rights practices.
All the facts show that the United States and its south Korean puppet clique are the ones provoking others and
who cause confrontation and tension on the Korean Peninsula.
As it has in the past, the DPRK
will work patiently to ease tensions and establish a durable peace on the
Korean Peninsula. But it will never allow the U.S. and its south
Korean puppets to get the better of us on unjustifiable pretexts. Our answer to
their provocations will be merciless.
Progressives, the fair-minded global public and south Koreans of all strata should be able to clearly see
who the real provoker on this peninsula is - and by raising a voice of
solidarity with the just cause of our people, they should categorically reject
the "theory of provocation from the North."
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