The Anglo-American anti-communist hysteria against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s announcement on January 6 that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb is aimed at covering up the crimes being committed by the Anglo-American system of states around the world against other countries in violation of their right to be.
What mechanisms exist for DPRK to defend itself under the circumstances of threats from the U.S. imperialists, Japan and others? Smaller nations are subject to the whims and machinations of the big powers at the UN Security Council. So too the U.S. and its allies are once again manipulating the issue of human rights to absolve themselves of their crimes and attempt to isolate countries that take an independent stand. If the UN and other institutions established to prevent threats of aggression do not function, how can the victims be blamed for trying to defend themselves?
The only reason there is a nuclear arms race in the first place is the U.S. imperialists’ irrational development and criminal use of nuclear weapons, so as to be able to “prevail” in any conflict of its making despite the risk of wiping out all humanity. The unfathomable war crimes against Hiroshima and Nagasaki through the use of nuclear bombs were carried out to establish U.S. hegemonism over world affairs following World War II. The U.S. imperialists took up the doctrine Might Makes Right in direct opposition to the verdict of World War II, the demand of the peoples for peace based on justice and the establishment of the United Nations on the principles that all countries are sovereign and equal and that force or the threat of force cannot be used to sort out problems between nations and peoples. Contention between big powers led to the further proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, the serious threat of nuclear annihilation by the U.S. has led countries like the DPRK to also develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent. It is a matter of the historical record that the U.S. threatened to use an atom bomb to end the Korean War when it was facing imminent defeat at the hands of the DPRK. The U.S. continues to use nuclear blackmail to threaten the DPRK with a pre-emptive nuclear strike. The DPRK cannot but take these threats to its sovereignty and independence, as well as the security of the whole Korean peninsula, into account. It has stated numerous times and re-iterated on January 6 that its nuclear “deterrent” force is to ensure its security and stability to allow its citizens to conduct their daily lives peacefully.
Unless the key role of the U.S. imperialists and the big powers in the proliferation of nuclear weapons is grasped, people fall prey to all manner of disinformation.
The manufacture and testing of nuclear weapons as well as nuclear weapons proliferation is a grave concern for all humanity, but to single out one small independent nation that is fighting for its right to be cannot be accepted. The hydrogen bomb test by the DPRK must be seen in the context of the stubborn refusal of the U.S. to end its hostile policy toward the DPRK, including the signing of a peace treaty with the DPRK to end the Korean War. This hostile policy includes the ongoing U.S.-south Korea-Japan annual war games aimed at invading the DPRK and overthrowing its government. There is also the increasing concentration of U.S. military forces in the South China Sea and around the Korean peninsula that carry nuclear missiles and other weapons of mass destruction to threaten the DPRK and China as part of the Obama administration’s “Pivot to Asia.”
The government of the DPRK pointed out in its January 6 statement that the hydrogen bomb test “is a measure for self-defence the DPRK has taken to firmly protect its sovereignty […] from the ever-growing nuclear threat and blackmail by the U.S.-led hostile forces and to reliably safeguard peace on the Korean peninsula […]”
The statement also affirmed that the DPRK is a “genuine peace-loving state which has made all efforts to protect peace on the Korean peninsula” and that it would not use its nuclear weapons to commit aggression against another country nor would it suspend its nuclear weapons program unless the “U.S. rolled back its vicious hostile policy” towards it.
A question that must be asked is why the U.S. has sabotaged all attempts at peace talks and instead has created such a tense and hostile atmosphere that the DPRK has been forced to resort to such drastic measures to defend itself.
It must also be kept in mind that the original five members of the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968 (NPT) – the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and China – are the countries with the largest nuclear weapons stockpiles and it is they who are cynically objecting to the DPRK’s hydrogen bomb test, along with NATO.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists reported in 2015, that it is estimated that Russia has 7,500 nuclear weapons, the U.S. has 7,200, France has over 300, China has 250, and Britain has 225. Pakistan, India and Israel, who are not signatories to the NPT, have 120-130, 110-120 and 80 nuclear weapons respectively. The DPRK is reported to have less than 15. The anti-communist hysteria against the DPRK’s testing of the hydrogen bomb is aimed at covering up who has the largest stocks of nuclear weapons and who are the real threats to world peace and stability.
The nuclear hysteria of the U.S. and its allies aimed at the DPRK should be opposed. It is the countries with the biggest nuclear stockpiles that must disarm their nuclear arsenals and remove all their weapons and troops from foreign soil. This is the pre-condition for a nuclear-free world which is the demand of all humanity. When the U.S. and all other nuclear weapons states give up their nuclear weapons, there will be no need for the DPRK to develop a nuclear weapons program either. Furthermore, the U.S. must remove its 28,000 troops from south Korea, remove its non-nuclear and nuclear weapons from Korean territory, immediately end its annual joint military exercises against the DPRK and sign a peace treaty that commits to end the Korean War. This would ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and permit the people of Korea and East Asia to live in peace.
Furthermore, the hypocrisy of the nuclear powers can also be seen in the announcement of a new nuclear summit, where the aim will be to sell nuclear material to the countries in their own spheres of influence while they claim to oppose nuclear proliferation. The Canadian Press reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “is expected to attend U.S. President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit” at the White House, March 31 and April 1. At the summit, “Canada plans to kick-start a long-stalled international effort aimed at ridding the world of the key ingredients needed for nuclear weapons.” CP adds that there is a “renewed push […] by Canada’s United Nations ambassador to Geneva to spearhead the creation of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty or FMCT.”
Ultimately, the issue for Canadians when it comes to the January 6 nuclear test by the DPRK should not be whether one agrees or not with nuclear weapons. The issue is of taking up social responsibility to fight for anti-war governments which will act as a block to wars of aggression, threats and blackmail, including nuclear proliferation, and eliminate the need for the victims of aggression to take extraordinary measures to defend themselves. Here at home we should demand that Canada permit the DPRK to open its embassy in Ottawa as a step to building friendly relations between our two countries and peoples and contribute to undermining U.S. attempts to isolate a small nation which cherishes its independence.
1. A memo to the prime minister, obtained under the Access to Information Act states that “An FMCT has been on the UN’s agenda since 1957.” Reports indicate that in 1995, Canada brokered an agreement on a negotiating mandate for the treaty, “but in the intervening years, the effort stalled.” “Since 2008, Pakistan has blocked work on an FMCT,” the memo states. “But Canada has also worked with Germany, the Netherlands and Australia to make progress.”
“Canada got the ball rolling again in 2012, when it sponsored a resolution at the UN General Assembly establishing a commission of experts to push the matter forward. More meetings and reports followed. Trudeau now plans to support another process – Obama’s fourth and final nuclear security summit, an effort he launched in 2010 after a landmark speech in Prague a year earlier. In that speech, Obama highlighted the threat posed by nuclear terrorism, as he announced an initiative aimed at securing nuclear materials and cracking down on the illicit trafficking in them. Trudeau said last fall he wants to look for ways to work with Obama on major international issues in the president’s final year in office.”
(With files from Korean Central News Agency, Ploughshares.org, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, CP)