Warship Watch. HMCS Chicoutimi offshore People’s Republic of Korea

Weapon of U.S. bullying and threats against DPRK

(February 10) – The Winter Olympics shows that Korea is striving for reunification, peace and to block regime change but the U.S. calculates that sanctions will ensure that Korea cannot last. The U.S. thinks that starving the people and creating ever more difficult conditions will bring the government down. The calculations of the U.S. and countries such as Canada are based on their psychology of bullying people. But their arrogance makes them blind to a quality of the people that they cannot fathom, which is their profound motivation to reunify their country. Just as U.S. policy toward Cuba, and Vietnam before that, failed to predict the readiness of the people to persist in their national and social liberation struggles, so too in Korea, the U.S. and its allies’ attempts to blackmail the Koreans do not reap the results they desire.

Since inter-Korean talks took place on January 9 and then Canada co-hosted with the U.S. the so-called Ministerial Meeting on Stability and Security in Vancouver on January 16, the U.S. has stepped up its aggressive actions towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) which threaten peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. On January 24, the U.S. announced that it would independently impose additional sanctions beyond those imposed by the UN Security Council. The following day, the U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury flew to south Korea to urge it to maintain thorough-going cooperation in imposing sanctions against the DPRK.

The U.S. then sponsored meetings with south Korean diplomatic and military officials to stress the need for them to lead the north-south dialogue discussing denuclearization. The U.S. invited high-ranking security and military officials to the U.S. to discuss the issue of intensifying “military cooperation” against the DPRK.

The U.S. has brought the nuclear aircraft carrier Carl Vinson strike groups and nuclear strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula and vicinity. It is now asserting that, after pausing its military exercises around the Korean Peninsula for the Winter Olympics, it will resume the U.S.-south Korea joint military drills right after the games end, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) points out, adding that it has also staged a flying corps strike drill targeting the DPRK with the Japan Air “Self-Defense Force.” KCNA adds:

“It is the sinister design of the U.S. to make the north and the south stand in confrontation eternally and create constant tensions on the Korean peninsula from the calculation that the better peace environment on the peninsula makes the U.S. lose its justification for igniting a nuclear war against the DPRK and puts the brakes on its drive for carrying out the strategy for dominating Asia.”

KCNA says that “peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula are gravely threatened as long as the U.S. persists in carrying out its sinister purpose and interference.”

“All Koreans should heighten their vigilance against the U.S. aggression and interference to bring the disaster of a fratricidal war and a nuclear war to this land, contrary to the trend of the times. They should foil the U.S. moves by building national unity,” KCNA adds.

In related news, the Canadian submarine Chicoutimi is reportedly marauding the Asia-Pacific region collecting information on possible breaches of UN Security Council sanctions, the CBC reports.

The sub is said to be tracking “suspicious vessels” and activity, and training with naval vessels from “partner nations” working to monitor and enforce the economic sanctions.

The Chicoutimi is capable of “discreetly recording events on land, such as airport take-offs and landings. Its primary role revolves around tracking merchant and military vessels while submerged, and observing suspicious activity on the sea, including ship-to-ship cargo transfers far from any harbour.”

Talk of monitoring “suspicious activity” is ridiculous. Canada’s coasts are thousands of miles away, so it is the activities of the sub which are suspicious, not those of the DPRK.

Rather than presenting the action of Canada placing its submarine in the service of a U.S. naval blockade of the DPRK as a dangerous act of war against a sovereign nation, the CBC states that this “kind of capability is key in the region right now. The U.S. has accused China and Russia of breaching UN sanctions on North Korea by transferring oil from their ships to North Korean tankers out at sea to avoid detection.”

The CBC report goes on to state that the deployment comes at a “sensitive time” when “international tensions have risen to the point where the U.S. is considering options that could include a military strike on the Korean Peninsula.”

The specifics of the missions are secret, according to the report, indicating that in fact it is the Canadian submarine which is the suspicious vessel. The CBC ominously reports, “Chicoutimi’s far-flung deployment is intended to send a signal to allies – and Canadians – that the submarines can now go anywhere they’re needed.”

TML Weekly Information Project, February 10, 2018 – No. 5


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