Accepting US pledges at face value is hazardous to the security of all sovereign independent nations and most others.Washington can never be trusted. It word isn’t its bond. Promises are made to be broken. Time and again it’s been true – this time with North Korea not different.
America has been in a state of undeclared war on the DPRK since adoption of the uneasy 1953 armistice – following devastating US aggression virtually destroying the North.
Neocon extremists in charge of Trump administration geopolitical policymaking are militantly hostile to all sovereign independent governments – wanting them all replaced by pro-Western puppet regimes.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Pompeo was less than candid, saying Washington will “provide security assurances” to Pyongyang to achieve DPRK denuclearization – without further elaboration, adding:
“Make no mistake about it. America’s interest here is preventing the risk that North Korea will launch a nuclear weapon into LA or Denver or to the very place we’re sitting here this morning.”
“That’s our objective. That’s the end state the president has laid out, and that’s the mission that he sent me on this past week, to put us on the trajectory to go achieve that.”
The risk of Pyongyang launching a nuke on America or any other country is ZERO – except in self-defense if attacked.
In 2005 following earlier six-party talks involving America, China, Japan, North Korea, Russia and South Korea, Pyongyang pledged to abandon “all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs.”
In 2009, talks broke down following disagreements over verification and continued development of North Korea’s legitimate ballistic missile program.
In 2005, the Bush/Cheney administration claimed the US “has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack or invade with nuclear or conventional weapons.” Political analyst/former US congressional candidate Myles Hoenig believes Washington secretly stored nukes at one or more of its South Korean military bases. Its regional naval forces and bomber warplanes comprise a regional “nuclear umbrella” – protecting Japan and South Korea from a nonexistent threat. Nuclear bombers are based on Guam for regional use if ordered.
America is thermonuclear armed and dangerous worldwide. Yet it demands North Korea abandon its key deterrent – developed and maintained only because of feared US aggression. Trump administration officials demand more from Pyongyang than it’s likely to accept – dismantlement of its nuclear program entirely, its nukes removed to Oakridge, TN for US-overseen destruction, leaving the DPRK vulnerable to a nation militantly opposed to all sovereign independent governments.
Following US/DPRK summit and subsequent talks, “little rocket man” rhetoric could resurface if North Korea fails to bend entirely to Washington’s will.
Based on past history, chances are things will turn out this way – Trump’s JCPOA pullout the latest example of US treachery, note taken in Pyongyang.
America wants dominance over all other nations. It’s not about to be Mr. nice guy in dealings with North Korea – a nation it’s been militantly hostile to since the late 1940s.
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
May 14, 2018 is a day that will live in infamy in Occupied Palestine – like so many others preceding it!
Israeli state terror on peacefully protesting Gazans continues – the toll horrendous at 3:00 PM local time, sure to rise before day’s end, with more of the same coming Tuesday. An Israeli terror-bombing incident on Gaza was reported near Jabaliya. It’s unclear if there were casualties.
While US and other invited guests, along with Israeli officials, mingle ahead of ceremonies marking the opening of Washington’s Jerusalem embassy, Israeli forces are lethally shooting peaceful Gazan protesters, injuring hundreds of others. As of early Monday afternoon local time, Gaza’s Health Ministry reported 30 Gazans lethally shot, well over 1,000 wounded by live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and toxic tear gas.
Numbers could be much higher by day’s end – followed by a possible Tuesday bloodbath.
Since March 30, Israeli forces murdered around 75 Gazans in cold blood – the international community doing nothing to stop the carnage, continuing with no end of it in sight.
More on what’s going on today and ahead in follow-up reports.