US to Assure North Korea’s Security?

US to Assure North Korea’s Security?

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

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.

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North Korea to publicly close nuclear test site on May 23-25, invites journalists

The dismantling will involve collapsing all tunnels with explosions and blocking their entrances. All observation facilities, research buildings, and security posts will be removed, KCNA reported.

Notably, journalists from other nations, including China, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US, will be invited to cover the event.

The news follows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s historic meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier this month, which saw the two agree on progress towards a denuclearized peninsula. It also comes one month before Kim is due to meet with US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

A recently released study said North Korea’s largest underground nuclear test under Mt. Mantap has actually moved the mountain. Based on the data, scientists have revealed Mt. Mantap shrank by 0.5 metres (about 20 inches) and expanded by nearly 3.5 metres (11 feet). The study was conducted through analyzing regional and global seismic recordings, as well as before-and-after radar measurements of the mountain’s surface using imaging satellites.

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Pompeo returning with 3 US prisoners from North Korea – Trump

“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. The meeting is widely expected to take place in late May or early June.

Trump went on to add that former detainees, Korean-Americans Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul, would be touching down at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland at approximately 2 am local time, where the president will greet them in person. He said that the men appeared to be in good health.

The South Korean government has welcomed the news of the prisoners’ release, saying it would have a “positive effect” on the upcoming summit between the US and North Korean leadership.

It also called for the release of six South Korean detainees to “reinforce the reconciliation” between the two Koreas, according to Blue House spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

Kim Hak-song

Agricultural expert Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) teaching rice-farming techniques but was detained by the North Korean government on May 7, 2017, reportedly for “hostile acts.” Kim is a naturalized American citizen and studied at the University of California. Kim was also ordained as an evangelical Christian pastor in Los Angeles.

Tony Kim

Kim Sang-duk, AKA Tony Kim, also worked at PUST but was arrested on espionage charges as he attempted to leave the country just a month after he began working there. Before moving to North Korea, Kim studied accounting at two US universities before working in the profession for over a decade.

Kim Dong-chul

Kim Dong Chul was another naturalized US citizen arrested by the North Korean regime in October 2015 on spying charges. Kim told CNN in an interview that he was caught meeting a source to obtain a USB stick and camera to gather military secrets. The interview was conducted in the presence of a North Korean official and via a government translator.

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North Korea: Dancing the tango on the brink of war

A US MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile


Much of the world today is on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome of the US-North Korea Summit on denuclearization of North Korea. Both US President Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un are idiosyncratic, whimsical and conceited and it will be interesting, if not hilarious, to watch (pardon my hypocrisy) how they will tango, without stepping on each other and hurting their big toes, bigger egos and, putting at risk the once-in-a-lifetime chance of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

History is replete with instances of attempts and failures to achieve Nuclear Disarmament. When the US, Russia and other states realized during the Cold War, of the extreme dangers inherent in nuclear weaponry, a series of disarmament and non-proliferation treaties were agreed upon after years of negotiations. Among the more notable are the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) of 1968, with its three main pillars: nonproliferation, disarmament, and the right to peacefully use nuclear technology, SALT I (1972), SALT II (1979), START I (1991), START II (1993) and New START Treaty (2012).

In 1961, the UN General Assembly adopted a landmark Resolution 1653 which stated that use of nuclear weaponry “would exceed the scope of war and cause indiscriminate suffering and destruction to mankind and civilization and, as such, is contrary to the rules of international law and to the laws of humanity”. In 1998, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) was set up with the goal to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction including chemical and biological weapons, land mines and small arms. Further, a wide array of non-governmental organizations continue to hold rallies, or lead protest movements in favor of a nuclear weapons-free world. To date, with the exception of South Africa, none of the nuclear states have agreed to give up their nuclear arsenals, arguing in favor of a nuclear deterrence to war.

So what should one expect from the upcoming US/North Korea summit? In my judgement, below-listed are the six salient points. That said, whatever deals are struck, they must be clearly demarcated, so as to leave no room for aberration.

First, the North Koreans will have their strategic priorities in negotiations clearly mapped out in advance. One doubts the Trump Administration will be in a similar consensus mode, given the penchant of several hawks not to compromise but to forcefully push for “our way or the highway”. This must not happen.

Second, the US, the world’s greatest democracy, must raise the subject of Human Rights in North Korea and of those languishing in its labor camps. Past US Administrations have brought the subject up to no avail. North Korea will not brook any interference in their internal affairs, but the point must be made strongly.

Comment: The labor camps comment could also apply to South Korea: Shocking reality: South Korean death labor camps uncovered

Third, on the main issue of complete denuclearization by North Korea, the latter will

Kim Jong-un


agree tentatively, and in principle, offering a time table, hoping to buy time. In addition, North Korea will ask for the immediate lifting of all economic and other sanctions imposed by various states. The North Koreans are well aware of the propensity of the Trump Administration to walk out of existing international pacts or to insist on re-designing them to suit its own agenda. They are also well aware of the upcoming required certification of the Iran Nuclear Deal and the likelihood of it being scuttled. The North Koreans may also ask why the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT) and other such treaties have not been forced into compliance by nuclear states, both declared and undeclared.

Fourth, the North Koreans may be willing to sign a Peace Treaty with the South Koreans provided the South stops conducting naval exercises with the US and commits to no longer allowing US military bases on its soil.

In the ultimate analysis, North Korea’s goal is to be rid of the sanctions regime imposed on it, seek a place on the international stage as a recognized world power and not a pariah state, while paying lip service to complete denuclearization.

Fifth, Japan clearly has a stake, geographically and strategically, in the Summit discussions and will continue to press for total Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Sixth, China will stay in the middle course, a sensible broker of sorts, unwilling to risk the inevitable tide of millions of North Korean refugees on its soil, if the Summit fails and war breaks out.

Jim Falk, in his book Global Fusion, the Battle over Nuclear Power writes: For the anti-nuclear weapons movement, the atomic bomb “encapsulated the very worst direction in which the society was moving”. It’s a point worthy of reflection by the power brokers of the upcoming Summit!

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US troops to remain in South Korea even if peace treaty signed with North – Moon

“US troops stationed in South Korea are an issue regarding the alliance between South Korea and the United States. It has nothing to do with signing peace treaties,” Moon’s spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said at a press conference. 

The statement came in response to a Foreign Affairs magazine article written by presidential adviser, Moon Cung-in, in which he stated that it would be “difficult to justify [US forces] continuing presence in South Korea,” if peace is concluded with the North. The spokesperson warned the adviser “not to cause any more confusion” with such comments.

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The discussion regarding US troops in Korea follows Friday’s historic meeting between Moon and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, which resulted in the two signing an agreement in favor of the Korean peninsula’s “complete denuclearization.” The summit marked the first time leaders of the divided nation have met in 11 years, and the first time a North Korean leader has entered the South since 1953.                                                   

North Korea previously signaled its readiness to denuclearize at a meeting between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping last month, noting that it would require a “security guarantee,” according to a report by the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun. What the guarantee implied remains unclear, as North Korea reportedly dropped its long-held demand for US troop withdrawal, at least according to Moon’s public statement in late April.

The US has already expressed its intention to make North Korea take “irreversible” steps towards denuclearization, without guaranteeing any concession in relation to its military presence.

CIA Director and newly appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo identified the Trump administration’s “objective” with regard to North Korea as “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” in an ABC News interview.

In a separate interview with Fox News, US National Security Advisor John Bolton stated that the 2003 agreement to eliminate Libya’s weapons of mass destruction program could serve as a model for the North Korea negotiations.

“We have very much in mind the Libya model from 2003, 2004. There are obviously differences. The Libyan program was much smaller, but that was basically the agreement that we made,” Bolton said.

Former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi agreed to dismantle the country’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of imposed Western sanctions. In 2011, he was killed by a NATO-led bombing of the country, which led to a civil war and Islamist terrorism groups rising in the region.

At the historic Korean summit, Kim and Moon agreed to establish a direct telephone line between their executive offices, through which they will “hold frequent and candid discussions on issues vital to the nation,” according to the declaration they signed. President Moon is also set to visit Pyongyang this fall, months after US President Donald Trump’s anticipated meeting with Kim in the coming weeks.

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Trump considers Peace House on North-South Korea border for Kim Jong-un meeting

US President Donald Trump says his much-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place “over the next three to four weeks.

“It’s going be a very important meeting, the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” Trump told a campaign rally in Washington Saturday. “But we’ll see how it goes. I may go in, it may not work out, I leave.”

The date and venue for the talks between the US and North Korean leaders have yet to be announced, with Singapore, Mongolia and even the Russian city of Vladivostok suggested as possible locations by various media outlets.

Peace House was the site of the historic meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas last week.

During the first meeting of the leaders of the two Koreas in over decade, a declaration on “complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean peninsula” has been signed. Kim and Moon also agreed to continue negotiations, involving US and China, in order to finally sign a peace accord instead of the truce that has been in place since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

The South Korean president’s office said on Sunday that the Pyongyang had promised to shut down its nuclear test site in May, with foreign experts and press invited to ensure “transparency.” Pyongyang also plans to shift its time zone 30 minutes earlier to align with South Korea.

The Peace House mentioned by Trump in his tweet is the same venue where Kim and Moon met on Friday. The three-story building was erected in December 1989 in the Joint Security Area (JSA) on the military demarcation line between the North and South Korea in order to host peace talks.

The Freedom House is another facility in the JSA, located some 130 meters away from the Peace House.

The outcome of Trump’s talks with Kim is hard to predict, as Washington has a lot of demands towards Pyongyang. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said North Korea must take irreversible steps to rid the country of its nuclear arms program, while National Security Adviser John Bolton said the US wants to use a 2003 agreement to eliminate Libyan weapons of mass destruction program as a model for the North Korea negotiations. Back then, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to give up his weapons of mass destruction in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions. The elimination of the arsenals was monitored by observers from the US and Britain. The statement raised some eyebrows, considering the fate of Gaddafi, who fell from power and lost his life following the Western-backed uprising in 2011.

North Korea has not commented yet on the summit with the US. In recent months, Trump has been touting what he calls a “maximum pressure” policy on North Korea. It includes harsh economic sanctions, frequent live-fire military drills with South Korea as well as name-calling, threats, and boasting about having a bigger nuclear button on Twitter. The US president has switched to calling Kim “very honorable” in anticipation of the talks, but his warning to abandon the negotiations if they turn out futile remains in place.

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