PLM Statement on Nuclear War Threat in the Korean Peninsula PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:38

Oppose war threat in the Korean Peninsula!
President Duterte, promote all diplomatic efforts in ASEAN against Trump's war plans!

 

The threat of a nuclear war in the Korean Peninsula is a real and present danger. Not since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the US threatened Cuba for seeking protection from the Soviet Union against another US attempt to overthrow its government after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, has there been so much concern about the possibility of a nuclear war.

 

Despite the portrayal of his administration as being isolationist, from Syria to Afghanistan and now against North Korea, Donald Trump's war plans to promote US global interests, are deadly serious.

 

The US threats against North Korea have come about because the North Korean state is trying to develop nuclear weapons. North Korea left the international non-proliferation treaty in 2003 and since 2006 has been subjected to US-supervised sanctions.

 

The US, which is also the biggest proliferator of nuclear weapons, has refused to sign this treaty. Other countries with nuclear weapons, such as Israel, India, Pakistan, China and Iran have all refused to ratify the treaty.

 

The border between North and South Korea is the most militarized border in the world. U.S. military power is overwhelming, but North Korea does possess some deterrents. Both sides possess nuclear weapons. If war broke out there would be high casualties on both sides.

 

The last war on the Korean peninsula, from 1950 to 1953, resulted in well over 2 million civilian casualties.

 

At various times in the past 20 years, the Pentagon has estimated that 1 million Korean civilians, divided evenly between North and South, would die in the first days of an all-out war. More than 25 million people live in metropolitan Seoul, South Korea's capital. The Pentagon refers to the area as the "kill box."

 

While China has been an ally of North Korea, it's unclear whether China will intervene militarily in North Korea's defense. Donald Trump's war cries against North Korea is also aimed as a warning against China.

 

The plans for war are very much part of the US "pivot to Asia" strategy which has resulted in an unprecedented rise of militarization in the region.

 

We have to oppose Donald Trump's drive to war in the region -- for the sake of the Korean people, for the unity and self-determination of the Korean people and ultimately, for the sake of humanity and our environment.

 

We demand that President Duterte act on his statements to distance the Philippines from the US foreign policy, that is Donald Trump's war plans. This means all joint military exercises with the US must stop. All military treaties, such as the VFA and EDCA must be terminated. The Duterte government must make known its opposition to US war plans in the Korean Peninsula and take every possible diplomatic initiative to prevent a war.

 

The Philippines is the Chair of ASEAN and can use this position to garner support against a war in the Korean Peninsula, to promote a political resolution towards a unified Korea and hereby demonstrate its commitment to a genuinely sovereign and independent foreign policy. #

 

 

International Desk
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)

April 26, 2017

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:42
 

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