Saturday, 16 June 2018

Historic DPRK-US Summit

By our Asian Affairs correspondent

Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un held talks with US president Donald Trump in Singapore this week that many hope will pave the way to lasting peace on the Korean peninsula. Chairman Kim met President Trump in a historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday. The meeting, at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on 12th June,
ended with the signing of a joint statement and an agreement for further face-to-face meetings in Washington and Pyongyang in the future.
On his return to Washington Donald Trump tweeted that the ‘nuclear threat’ had gone. “Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office.” Trump said. “There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong-un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future”.
The joint document called the summit “an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future”. It added that "President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously."
Chairman Kim pledged his “firm and unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” while the Americans “committed to provide security guarantees” to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to the agreement signed by both leaders in Singapore following decades of hostilities between the two nations.
            Though the lifting of the harsh sanctions regime against the DPRK has been left for future negotiations the Americans have agreed to halt the provocative US-south Korean war-games while Trump spoke about the eventual withdrawal of all American troops on the Korean peninsula at the press conference that followed the end of the talks.
            Kim Jong Un confirmed his commitment to the “complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula”, a phrase that covers the American nuclear arsenal that threatens north Korea as well as the DPRK’s nuclear deterrent. Washington and Pyongyang have also committed to recovering the remains of American POWs and the remains of those missing in action during the Korean War “including the immediate repatriation of those already identified”.
Both countries have agreed to hold follow-up negotiations led by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a relevant high-level DPRK official, “at the earliest possible date” in order to implement the outcomes of the historic summit.
Trump said north Korea's denuclearisation process would be starting “very quickly” while the DPRK leader stated that the world was about to see “a major change”. Both sides expressed a unified position on the importance of respecting the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous actions to achieve peace, stability, and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
The Democratic Korean leader said that if Washington continues to take “sincere steps to build trust” the DPRK will also take “measures of goodwill”. During the summit, the two leaders agreed to continue the dialogue and accepted each other's invitations to visit north Korea and the United States.
 Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, in Moscow this week Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Kim Yong Nam is coming to Moscow to attend the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, Peskov told a daily news briefing, without giving more details. Peskov reiterated Russia's position that there is no alternative to political and diplomatic methods of settling the Korean problem.

A giant step for peace

 Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un took a giant step towards ending the tension on the Korean peninsula when he met Donald Trump, the leader of US imperialism this week. By all accounts Chairman Kim and President Trump made considerable progress at their ground-breaking talks in Singapore this week.
Both sides agreed to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the American leader later told the media that he has halted the US-south Korean war-games that have plagued the peninsula for decades and talked about the eventual withdrawal of all American troops from south Korea.
The Trump administration should fully support the realistic circles now in power in south Korea who are working towards rapprochement with the north. Economic sanctions against the DPRK must be dropped and the Americans must normalise relations with the country that is still, technically, at war with the United States.
Sixteen years ago the DPRK was branded by US imperialism as part of the “axis of evil”. Countries that had dared to stand up to American imperialism, in one form or another, were marked down for “regime change” –which soon happened in Iraq and Libya.
The Americans, with the shameful support of British imperialism, brought death and destruction to Iraq and Libya. The Iraqi leader was hanged and Muammar Gaddafi was beaten to death by a sectarian mob armed and funded by the United States and its NATO allies. Neither country possessed the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that the Americans claimed they held.
Trump began threatening north Korea as soon as he stepped into the White House demanding that the DPRK abandon its nuclear deterrent while offering nothing in return. Last August the Americans forced the UN Security Council to rubber-stamp more sanctions while Trump raged that Democratic Korea would face “fire and fury ... the likes of which the world has never seen” if it did not do the bidding of US imperialism.
But in the DPRK everyone knows the fate of countries like Libya and Iraq, which disarmed under the mistaken belief that this would spare them from the horrors of imperialist invasion and regime change. No one in the DPRK took any notice of threats coming from the imperialists who devastated the country in an attempt to overthrow the people’s government during the Korean War. Korean leader Kim Jong Un, following in the footsteps of his revolutionary predecessors, maintained the country’s nuclear research programme to develop the ballistic missile defence system and an independent nuclear deterrent that successfully staved off American aggression.
The struggling peoples of the world have learnt the lessons of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya, who were powerless to resist the might of US-led imperialism, whilst genuine communists have been heartened by the determined steps taken by the people’s government in north Korea to defend the sovereignty of the DPRK that finally forced the Americans to the negotiating table.
Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump took a giant step for peace when they met in the Republic of Singapore this week. Both leaders have agreed to meet again face-to-face in Washington and Pyongyang to improve relations between the USA and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, whose leaders’ have worked tirelessly for the peaceful reunification of Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. But much more work needs to be done, largely by the American side, to maintain the momentum for peace.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Friday, 4 May 2018

Korea is One!

Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un took a giant step for peace last week when he crossed the Armistice line in Panmunjom for talks with the south Korean leader, Moon Jae In. Their joint declaration and modest first steps to north–south normalisation that have followed will, hopefully, pave the way for the “new era of peace” that both leaders have pledged to work for.
Moon Jae In is responding to the demand for peace on the street that propelled him into office at the last election whilst his party reflects the views of realistic circles within the south Korean ruling class that want an end to American-inspired confrontation and a return to economic co-operation with the people’s government in the north.
Kim Jong Un is following in the footsteps of great leader Kim Il Sung, who first proposed the establishment of a united confederal republic based on the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ back in 1980. That’s the principle that led to the peaceful return of the former British and Portuguese colonies of Hong Kong and Macau to People’s China in 1997, and it’s one that clearly would end the imperialist imposed partition of the Korean peninsula.
Last week’s summit showed that the Korean people as a whole can resolve their problems without outside interference. Whether or not they will depends on US imperialism, which has regularly intervened in south Korean politics since 1945 to prop up venal, puppet leaders willing to do the bidding of Washington, and whose troops continue to occupy south Korea and threaten the north.
US president Donald Trump has been claiming credit for the north–south summit and some of his supporters are campaigning for a Nobel Peace Prize for the war-lord in the White House. The peace prize is discredited by the fact that past recipients include former US president Barack Obama, Henry Kissinger – the chief henchman of disgraced US president Richard Nixon – and Mikhail Gorbachov, as well as three Israeli leaders. But the immensely vain Donald Trump clearly wants it as another trophy achievement. Well, if he wants it let him earn it when he meets Kim Jong Un in the near future by taking genuine steps for peace on the Korean peninsula and withdrawing all US troops from south Korea.