North Korea says it will attack South Korea if its ships are searched as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). South Korea signed the agreement on Tuesday after North Korea tested a nuclear device. “Those who provoke [North Korea] once will not be able to escape its unimaginable and merciless punishment,” North Korea’s official news agency warned.
The PSI effort was crafted by John R. Bolton, the neocon former Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and former ambassador to the United Nations, after 15 Scud missiles found on a North Korean freighter had to be released when it turned out that international law did not allow them to be confiscated.
Bolton is considered a loose cannon. In the summer of 2003, he delivered a speech in Seoul, South Korea, that sabotaged the Six Party Talks with North Korea. The talks aimed to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
Appearing on Fox News, Bolton suggested getting rid of the six- party talks. “I think they have failed. There is no way the North Koreans are going to be talked out of their nuclear weapons.” In addition to sanctions, Bolton said the PSI should be used against North Korea.
The PSI was created in 2003 by Bush and includes more than 90 countries that have agreed to stop and inspect suspicious cargo ships. In September, 2005, China indicated it would not participate in the program due to concerns over its legality. India, estimated to have a stockpile of around 45-95 nuclear warheads, has not signed the agreement.
During his January 29, 2002, State of the Union Address Bush declared North Korea to be part of an “Axis of Evil.” North Korea said Bush’s speech “amounts to an effective declaration of war against us.” Bush’s speech discounted the possibility of negotiations with the country.
North Korea considers South Korea’s participation in the PSI an act of war. “As threatened, the government of Kim Jong Il rolled out a multi-pronged counter-attack in response to South Korea’s decision. So far, it remains rhetorical,” reports the Washington Post. “North Korea said it could no longer guarantee the safety of ships from South Korea and other countries sailing in the Yellow Sea off its western border.”
North Korea said it will not honor a North-South border in the Yellow Sea. The border was established at the end of the Korean War in 1953. In addition, North Korea said it would not respect the legal status of five islands on the South’s side of the line.
In 1999 and 2002, North and South Korea clashed in the area. Six South Korean sailors and more than 30 for North Korea died in the skirmishes.
North Korea’s threat comes three days after the country was condemned for a nuclear test in violation of U.N. resolutions.
As noted on Monday, the United States played a part in providing the Stalinist country with nuclear weapons. “Both the Clinton and Bush administrations played a key role in helping Kim Jong-Il develop North Korea’s nuclear prowess from the mid 1990’s onwards,” writes Paul Joseph Watson. “Rumsfeld was also the man who presided over a $200 million dollar contract to deliver equipment and services to build two light water reactor stations in North Korea in January 2000 when he was an executive director of ABB (Asea Brown Boveri). Wolfram Eberhardt, a spokesman for ABB confirmed that Rumsfeld was at nearly all the board meetings during his involvement with the company.”
Rumsfeld’s involvement in North Korea’s nuclear program notwithstanding, the effort to arm and marginalize the notoriously combative country is part of an effort to create enemies and is a logical outcome of the “Axis of Evil” speech crafted by the neocons.
As revealed by Paul Joseph Watson and Yihan Dai in October of 2008, top Chinese mainstream news outlets reported a proposal submitted to the Pentagon by the RAND Corporation. “The reports cite French media news sources as having uncovered the proposal, in which RAND suggested that the $700 billion dollars that has been earmarked to bailout Wall Street and failing banks instead be used to finance a new war which would in turn re-invigorate the flagging stock markets,” Watson and Dai wrote. However, according to the report, North Korea was considered as a target but ruled out because the scale of such a war would not be large enough for RAND’s requirements.
Russia is taking today’s developments seriously. “Russia is taking security measures as a precaution against the possibility tension over North Korea could escalate into nuclear war,” reports Reuters. “We are not talking about stepping up military efforts but rather about measures in case a military conflict, perhaps with the use of nuclear weapons, flares up on the Korean Peninsula,” Interfax quoted an unnamed security source as saying.
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