Will America Attack North Korea Again?
by Stephen Lendman
Truman ordered the earlier war, turning most of the country to rubble, killing millions. US warplanes ran out of targets to strike.
Is more US aggression coming against a nation threatening no one? Throughout its post-WW II history, it never attacked another country.
It justifiably fears another US war on its territory, why it sought to develop a nuclear and ballistic missile deterrent - for self-defense, not aggression.
In Seoul with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-Se, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sounded like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry never left, belligerently saying:
"Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table," including war - madness if launched against a nuclear power.
"(I)f (North Korea) elevate(s) the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then, that option's on the table. (A) comprehensive set of capabilities" is being developed, he added.
Days earlier, Pyongyang state media warned if America's nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier "infringe(s) on the DPRK's sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from the ground, air, sea and underwater."
On Tuesday, US, South Korea and Japan began two days of provocative military exercises the US Navy called "a trilateral missile warning informational link exercise…employ(ing) tactical data link systems to trade communications, intelligence and other data among the ships in the exercise."
China's Foreign Ministry called on all sides to end "a vicious cycle that could spin out of control." Pyongyang justifiably fears Washington is preparing a "preemptive strike."
Decades of unjustifiable US hostility is proof enough. Korean expert Bruce Cummings once referred to the DPRK as "where the Cold War never ends," adding:
"We should all try to be sober and serious in thinking about North Korea and peace on the peninsula, so that one day Korea can be unified without another hemorrhage of blood."
Washington's rage for war is the problem, not Pyongyang. Vilifying the country is longstanding. Tillerson ruled out diplomacy.
He demands "denucleariz(ation)" and abandoning the country's ballistic missile program, wanting it left defenseless, more vulnerable to US attack than already.
"Only (if it obeys US demands) will we be prepared to engage them in talks," he blustered. He rejected a Chinese proposal for Pyongyang to freeze its nuclear program and ballistic missile testing in return for Washington and South Korea suspending annual joint military exercises the DPRK considers hugely provocative.
Its leadership won't abandon military programs it considers vital for national defense.
Endless US wars on independent non-nuclear states is proof positive for Pyongyang to know the importance of maintaining its deterrent capabilities.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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