Via WW News Service
Reprinted from the Dec. 31, 1998
issue of WW newspaper


U.S. threatens invasion of north Korea

By Deirdre Griswold

It sounds crazy. A jarring piece of wild, Cold-War rhetoric. How can it be taken seriously?

But every thinking person must look carefully at the new Pentagon doctrine on north Korea.

It lays out a scenario for an all-out assault on this small socialist country. The objective would be to completely destroy the Korean People's Army and the north Korean government in Pyongyang and occupy the country with U.S. troops.

The new military doctrine was laid out to reporters at a "low-key briefing" in Seoul by a "senior U.S. official" around the time that President Bill Clinton was visiting south Korea in November.

According to an article by Richard Halloran in the Dec. 3 Far Eastern Economic Review, "Washington and Seoul will then abolish North Korea as a state and, the official said, `reorganize' it under South Korean control."

An article in the Nov. 23 Seattle Times, also by Halloran, quoted the unnamed official as saying, "When we're done, they will not be able to mount any military activity of any kind. We will kill them all."

These threats are not being ignored by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. But it is not running scared, either. The people of Korea know that the U.S. miscalculated once before, losing over 55,000 troops before having to abandon its plan to destroy the socialist part of the peninsula.

In a Dec. 2 statement, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army commented on press reports about "Operation Plan 5027," the Pentagon blueprint for a new Korean war.

The KPA statement explains that the plan has five stages. "The first stage is a `control' stage. Under the pretext of `controlling' the actions of the DPRK, the United States is to amass its aggression forces in and around south Korea and impose full-scale sanctions upon the DPRK by blocking its sky, seas and border."

This, the KPA notes, has already happened.

In the next stage, the U.S. would launch long-range artillery and air strikes at the DPRK. The KPA says the U.S. has been stealthily deploying naval and air forces around the area.

The third stage would be a "ground offensive operation" in which the U.S. would land troops on both coasts of the DPRK and encircle the capital. Next would be an expansion of the occupation to the whole of north Korea.

The final stage would be to put the north under the control of south Korea--a U.S. puppet.

The U.S. media have for some time been abetting the Pentagon in providing a pretext for such bare-faced aggression. Taking note of north Korea's severe economic problems after four years of catastrophic natural disasters, the media has concocted the absurd line that the DPRK may attack south Korea--which has twice the population and is occupied by 37,000 U.S. troops--"out of desperation."

However, the Far Eastern Economic Review article was a bit more candid. After revealing that the new war plan is being drafted under instructions from the American commander in Seoul, Gen. John Tilelli, it continues, "Its fundamental shift in strategy reflects the allied forces' belief that the North Korean army is weaker than it was a few years ago and could thus be more easily defeated."

There should be no doubt in anyone's mind who the aggressor is here. The DPRK has 20 million people and not one foreign base. The U.S. rings Korea with planes, ships and bases, both inside south Korea and in Japan.

North Korea has never attacked the U.S. But Washington fought a war there from 1950 to 1953 that killed several million Koreans and leveled every building over one story.

For 50 years, it has kept a tight embargo on the country, preventing it from carrying out normal commercial relations with most of the world. It has divided Korea, so that sisters and brothers, parents and children who found themselves in different parts after the war could never be reunited.

Two days after the KPA statement, over 100,000 people gathered in Pyongyang to show their readiness to counter U.S. military provocation.

Since then, the U.S. government has carried out its completely unprovoked bombing of Iraq. For the first time, B-1 bombers, which cost $2 billion each, were flown in combat. With no debate in Congress, the Pentagon dropped missiles costing $500 million on Iraq.

But all those sophisticated weapons of mass destruction did not bring Iraq to its knees. The assault just made U.S. imperialism more hated around the world.

The Korean people in this century have resisted Japanese and U.S. invaders. They have fought heroically and selflessly to be truly independent. They are committed to preserving their socialist system.

Any grandiose war plans cooked up by Washington generals drunk with their high-tech weaponry will look entirely different in the cold, sober light of day.

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