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Looming Danger Of A Nuclear War: A Total Ban Is Necessary 

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Donald Trump warns United State will ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea if thretened.” – ABC 

American President Donald Trump’s first address to the UN General Assembly is quite appalling for a leader of a democratic country. It is completely one sided to say the least. In his fifteenth sentence of the address, he has attacked the “Rogue regimes represented in this body [UNGA] not only support terrorists, but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.” He was perhaps pointing his finger to himself, when he was saying that.

American Culpability

Although not the main supporter, America has a reputation of supporting different types of terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. Therefore, the first part of the accusation is not at all a balanced statement, but showing his disrespect, anger and contempt to other nations, and members of the UN. Of course, in extreme cases, the UN can suspend or expel countries from the member status. However, the purpose of keeping them all together, whatever the differences, is to continue a dialogue and building some understanding in resolving contentious issues peacefully, avoiding armed confrontations or war. The war that threatens the world today is a nuclear one. 

If there is a failure in this dialogue, of course there is, the UN undoubtedly is responsible, but the blame should go squarely to all countries, and particularly to the big five of the Security Council, where America is a key member. Criticizing the past Presidents or administrations, as he usually does, is not an excuse for America from responsibility. The Security Council is unfortunately dominated by the West (America, Britain and France), and China is the only Asian country in it. India and Indonesia, with large populations, are not permanent members.    

The second part of the statement is particularly aimed at North Korea, rightly so, when he says, these regimes “threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.” However, what he must keep in mind is that it is the United States that first invented the atomic bomb and then dropped two of them in Hiroshima and Nagasaki without any justification when Japan was about to surrender. That is where all nuclear proliferation started. 

There is no question that what North Korea doing at present is dangerous gambling. However, it might be too late now to prevent that ‘rogue regime’ becoming a nuclear power. Through sanctions, it is too late to close the stable as the horse has bolted already. America or even Australia could blame China. However, what could China do to prevent North Korea becoming a nuclear power? It is a different country, although a close ally in the past. It is not clear how much influence she could exert on the present regime. China may have a different opinion on the matter, although she has agreed with the Security Council sanctions to prevail upon North Korea to stop continuous missile tests.

Rocket Man! 

It is not exactly nuclear tests that North Korea has launched this year. It has launched six nuclear weapon tests so far since 2006, but only one this year, recently on 3 September. Two tests were conducted last year, even without much world notice or opposition. North Korea’s nuclear ambition precedes well before Kim Jong-un period, who came to power only in 2011, after his father’s death. However, he has tested 5 missile launches last year and 15 so far, this year, some consisting more than one weapon. That is why he has earned the name ‘Rocket Man’ from Donald Trump! Name calling is typical of Trump’s leadership, often through his tweets. What North Korea attempting dangerously is to test long range ballistic missiles with nuclear war heads that can threaten America, Australia and other countries. It has that capability already to attack South Korea, Japan and China.   

There is no question about Kim Jong-un’s brutal character. He goes as the Supreme Leader following his father and grandfather. Three incidents are testimony to his nature, without referring to many others. After his ascendancy, he ordered the execution of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, in 2013 on the pretext of treachery. He is also allegedly behind the killing of his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia early this year. Again, it was this year that a visiting American student, Otto Warmbier, was arrested for a minor mischief and his prison treatment led finally to his death. Without his knowledge and approval, the whole tragedy could not have happened.

Relating these incidents and brutality of the regime is necessary for a Sri Lankan audience, because still there are some political leaders in Sri Lanka who follow the legacy of Kim Il-sung, if not Kim Jong-un. They come particularly from the generation of 1960s, reading the Selected Works of Kim Il Sung in Sinhala. The Workers Party of North Korea or Marxism in its ideology is a complete misnomer.

However, the ‘Western’ world and particularly America, are also responsible for North Korea’s deformed situation. The division of Korea into North and South, arming South Korea against the North, and perpetuating North Korea’s closed and isolated position are largely responsible for the present situation. What is unravelling today is a dangerous challenge of the American might by this ‘rogue regime.’ Japan is also embroiled in this situation, because of its dependence on America for defence and its unfortunate legacy as a colonial master over Korea. If North Korea is open and democratic, it might forgive Japan for its colonial past. However, it is not the case under the present circumstances.

Historical past should not always be a guide for present policies or relations of any country. Unless the present generations forgive and forget the past, countries and people might be in perpetual conflict and war. 

Reports and news about the internal economic conditions in North Korea are also not completely correct. Most of the journalists in the ‘Western’ media are unfortunately prisoners of their own beliefs and values. This is the case mong many human rights activists. There is no question that Kim Jon-un and the ruling bureaucracy lives a luxurious life. However, the country cannot completely be an impoverished nation. Most of the pictures shown to depict poverty are the same, and most are allegedly of the ‘convicted’ people in ‘open labour camps’ and not the ordinary peasants.

The conditions in these camps are of course despicable. They are however about the polity and not the economy. More reliable information say that North Korea has gained much economic momentum during the last decade, and unless this is the situation, the technological and scientific development capable of nuclear armament cannot proceed. However, if such resources for nuclear testing and armaments are diverted to the economy, the conditions of the people might be far better. This is the case in many countries. 

Korea, as a whole, is a rich country. Before the division, North was prominent for agriculture and natural resources, while South being famous for industries and businesses. Therefore, the division was/is an international crime. This is the situation which was perpetuated by the UN and super powers including America, the Soviet Union (now Russia) and even China. That is the situation that has given rise to the ‘Rocket Man.’

Twitter Man!

The “authority and authoritarian powers” that Trump talked about at the UN address equally apply to America and to him. As a ritual he has also referred to the noble goals on which the UN was founded 72 years ago; they being peace, sovereignty, security and prosperity. What he has forgotten or opted not to mention were cooperation and diplomacy. He has put forward a sectarian and a dangerous approach emphasizing “a coalition of strong and independent nations.” 

There is no question about him talking about the ‘greatness of America, its constitution, people or values,’ as this was his maiden speech, and it was in the American soil. However, it was not polite for him to threaten other nations and countries on that basis. It was at this world forum that he bluntly said, “As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.”

His speech was belligerent, as if speaking at a ‘war council.’ Of course, he mentioned about the allies, whoever they are. He said, “America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside our allies, from the beaches of Europe, to the deserts of the Middle East, to the jungles of Asia.” It was a war speech and not a peace one. There was some reason for his anger, because of similarly belligerent announcements by Kim Jong-un, the other ‘Mad Man,’ in the opposite continent. Trump directly and indirectly attacked Russia and China when he said, “We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea.” These are matters that America should sort out in the Security Council and not at the General Assembly.

He was seeking allies when he said, “We must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil and terror.” He was not only referring to North Korea, however, when he said, “The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes.” He was looking for ‘Axis Powers,’ when he was talking about ‘group of rogue regimes.’       

His main target soon was on North Korea, saying the following.

“No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of countless more.”

‘Contempt for other nations’ also applies to America, if not equally, judging from its behaviour in the Korean war, Vietnam war and in the Middle East. Unless it is as a justification for pre-emptive action, there is no verifiable evidence about ‘starvation and deaths of millions’ in North Korea, as of now. Otherwise, at least thousands should have fled to China or South Korea. Exaggeration of any situation is dangerous, particularly when two countries or more are poised to attack each other, in this case with nuclear weapons.

Apart from alleged American encirclement of China and East Asia, it is this type of war rhetoric that might give justification for North Korea to arm itself with nuclear weapons. ‘The Coming War on China’ is not Chinese or North Korean propaganda, but by an independent and reputed Australian born journalist John Pilger.

The Coming War on China – Chinese Subtitles from Dartmouth Films on Vimeo.

Nuclear War Threat

Of course, the initial war threat came from Kim Jong-un when he declared that he could ‘sink Japan’ and ‘turn America to ashes,’ a few weeks back. That is from a ‘Rogue Leader.’ However, the President of the United States should have more finesse and sophistication, when he was addressing the United Nations. He not only attacked North Korea but opted also to attack Russia and China, in the following words,

“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.”

It is not only North Korea that pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles at present. There are at least 9 states which hold nuclear weapons (16,300!) which can completely destroy life in planets of three times of our size. Trump himself declared spending of $ 700 billion for American rearmament and military in the same speech.

It is immediately after attacking, indirectly of course, Russia and China, that he said the following in plural sense first, and then on North Korea singularly. 

“No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

He was not talking about destroying the ‘Rogue Regime’ or Kim Jong-un. He was talking about ‘totally destroying North Korea’!

It is not only the pursuit of nuclear arms and ballistic missiles by North Korea that threatens the world today. But the holding of nuclear arms and ballistic missiles by all countries and threatening each other without any constraint. With Donald Trump at the helm, America constitutes unfortunately the greatest threat at present. Unless, people, civil society organizations, and truly democratic countries agitate for complete nuclear disarmament, the present threat might not disappear. Total ban of nuclear weapons is necessary.     

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    It looks you are writing for world power and advertising for them. I am sure you have read about the Japanese invasion of Korea, Soviet Russia liberating Korea from Japan, and the subsequent invasion of USA and allied forces into Korea, making two Korea. It says, even after 64 years of after the korean war, North Korea is still digging up undetonated bombs and ammunition. Anyway, what you have written is even not the half of the story. Just information enough to do some propaganda. Just crap to support your party. As a political scientist, you know the exact truth. At the minimum, if you write the truth, then we start writing. But, you are writing some nonesense. TRMUP is talking but just like a lap dog of the deep state. He knows he is not himself.

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    Trump like Obama will never tell the American public that ISIS and other radical Jihadi groups get their ideology from Wahabi Saudis. These extreme Sunni Wahabis hate Persian Shias too and refer to them as apostates. Iran does actively support and sponsor Hezbollah and Some of the militant factions in Hamas. However the scourge of Muslim ISIS type terrorism is of Saudi origins. Trump courtesied to the King of Saudi Arabia after making it the first trip overseas instead of what all other Presidents have done before; which is, to go to UK, Canada, Mexico or a really close western ally. Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. Ivanka Trump got 50million dollars from Saudi Arabia for her yet to function NGO supposedly to help entrepreneur women in the developing world access Seed money. UAE also gave her the same amount. KSA picked a fight with Qatar because it wants to normalize relations with Iran; Iran is KSA’s major ideological rival. Trump, Obama, Keshap, Hilton, Tillerson etc will never have the balls to call out the KSA Wahabists. Sadly and stupidly Iran wants Israel gone; that will not happen anymore. There are no competent nor able Arab leaders to create a coalition. Israel wants to attack Iran and they will lie together with USA to spread falsehoods. All is well; same ole same ole. Lies, Lies and more lies but North Korean Communist degenerate Dictator Kim Jong Un seems to have a tiny penis complex. He should really be wiped out the way we wiped out LTTE, IF and that is the KEY, If DPRK attacks the South or it starts to fire missiles at US or US territories.

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    When we are more civilized we will not even need a shot gun, but since we are still evolving to that state and still have the savage traits in us thoughts of any ban on weapons is wishful thinking.

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    Nuclear missiles might be the only way Kim can protect his dictatorship. He still gets food aid from S.Korea. He has deprived his people of news from outside. But reality is after what US did to Libya becomes clear to you, then it suggests having at least a few Nuclear weapons is his only chance to prevent a regime change. Gaddaffi dismantled his nuclear weapons program and disavowed it and joined the civilized world after paying compensation for PanAm-103. Look what happened to him. Obama-Hillary-Cameron-Sarkozy-Berlusconi got him overthrown, raped and buggered by Islamic terrorists and murdered. How is Libya today? Portal for all sorts of refugees including terrorists pretending to be refugees to overwhelm Europe. Who the hell should be held responsible for that? Kim is not likely to have a death wish; but Trump will strike if the Russian Investigation will expose him . He will create a diversion like at Gulf of Tonkin; or how Hitler instigated Reichstag domestically. The odds are he will create a fake foreign threat and invade Venezuela or attack DPRK. He has been itching to use nuclear weapons too. This white christian whack job is a bigger threat to world peace than that tiny fat yellow boy with a bad hairdo who inherited his dictatorship from Daddy and Granddaddy. US the Christian nation destroyed Iraq, helped destroy Syria to counter Iran, and destroyed Libya. N.Korea has not invaded a single nation.

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    The political polemics of and change of “rough regime” has been reappear by USA policies of hegemony but that put-forwarded by the annual voice of Donald Trump administration in UNO platform..2017!
    Yes, DPRK has to every right to safeguard their sovereignty of as a nation in uncontested .
    His(Trump) speech is an unacceptable to Majority people, who seek to peaceful world by that zero nuclear weapons in Globally.
    Who ever initiated of Nuclear War is no doubt result be mass destruction of human kind.
    The Peace loving people are understood that world is a dangerous place to live under nuclear war and the War is an initiated by USA or DPRK?
    The war mongering politics is modern history of USA since 1945 Second World War not yet come to END?
    USA has not yet shifted their policies of WARS or not learn any lessons from war of Korean Vietnam Cambodia and other colonial war against Imperialist hegemony by ex-colonial nation last 70 odd years.
    USA in single super-power by self appointed since after the collapsed of USSR in 1991?
    USA holding large amount of ICBM missiles and Nuclear War heads are largest in the World.
    Her defense budget comes US $ 700 billions dollars annually.
    The South-Korean peninsular USA has 22,000 military troops . In Japan having 50,000 military troops and closed 100 US bases including Nuclear war Ships in Japan soil. The largest USA base in Okinawa-Japan since 1972.
    I do not agreed DPRK re-energizing Nuclear programmed is not suited to current situation at all.
    All options are in the table by USA said. We want peaceful solution by methodology of deliberation and consensus with all parties by concern the World without nuclear weapons.

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    Trump is being manipulated by the US arms industry because the McCarthy fear of North Korea was created to sell sell sell US manufactured arms. Japan and South Korea have to buy “protective defence arms”.
    The signs of similar anti-Iran euphoria is visible. The purpose is to induce Saudi Arabia to buy more arms.

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    The reckless policies of LDP of Shinto Aba of govt. of Japan and it governances has recently encouraging that Nuclear War footing politics in Eastern and North Asian region that Joint hand with USA?
    Its shows that (Japan -LDP ) has not learn any key lessons from Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atom Bombing in 1945 August 6 and 9th by US B 29 War plan .
    The current leadership of LDP of Aba that proposed to War Renounced Constitution of Article 9 from Peace Constitution —Japan? That is great danger moving to War Footing by Japanese militarism!
    The People of Japan is only nation had horrible experiences of man-made Atom Bomb victims in 20th century in the Modern world?
    We do not want repeated such disasters of Nuclear War footing chaos under USA-Trump’s “Democracy” by change of regime in DPRK ?
    We are an opposed any country used Nuclear Weapons against any Nation or People by New dominations of world that by regain USA hegemonies in Globe?
    Lost of hundreds thousands life of the People of Japan has accountability or responsibility by USA regimes of ruling class last 72 years. This was greatest War Crime Human History in World by USA regime; that CRIME went through with-out hearing from International Criminal / Crime Courts of Justice in Hege ?
    The Atom bombing victims of Japanese People key issues are still outstanding.
    It has been fail to be address for FAIR Justice to victims of People of Japan by UNO or War Crime courts in World up to now? One day it will come to the lime light World’ People’s Public Voice?

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    Interesting topic. Today in my Freshmen Seminar learning community class, a student from South Korea whose father just retired from their military as a senior officer after 30 years of service, spoke out.

    Seems like they are more afraid of Trump than of Kim Jong Un the degenerate dictator.

    She said “they have been threatening us for 30 years and we know that”. But she also said without American troops on the border, DPRK would surely attack them. ROK will bear the price of war the most.
    As for Trump saying “they need to pay” she said “why do you think we buy billions of dollars worth of American missiles, Tanks and Aircraft to profit the USA?” . Interesting.

    US also serves their strategic interests by stationing troops there too. They have been there since the armistice in July 1953. It was a US bulwark against communism and US through CIA also planted certain pro US dictators there and said screw democracy for a long time.

    How do you think Park Jung Hee became President there for a long long time? We installed him. ROK did not become a real democracy with freedom of expression until the late 1980s so to speak. For those who think ROK was some role model democracy that is a lot of bovine excrement. But it is a really dynamic capitalist society now and a very rich nation. But using fear and the actual threats indeed from the degenerate from their north compels them to buy defensive weapons.

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    Example: ROK signed a deal with us to Buy 7.02 BILLION USD worth for 40 F-35s.

    War is good; creating war and creating tensions are fantastic ways to SELL weapons for the US which is now the world’s number 1 weapons exporter.

    US weapons are the best in the world and even India is buying tens of billions dollars worth of weapons from USA. Increase tensions with China, bam India buys! Increase tensions with DPRK bam ROK buys! you sell. sell more and more to Egypt; sell to oppressive Saudi Arabia by increasing tension with Iran and we have a lovely merry go around. Israel is the only nation that will get the top of the line weapons systems; Egypt gets a grade below just so US can maintain the balance. For example, Israel gets the best and latest navigations and weapons systems for their F-22s. Only Israel has the capability to customize these weapons. Egypt gets mostly defensive weapons and will never get State of the Art. Same with Pakistan or most other nations.

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    Ranjith Gunawardene should be advised to go to a grammar school before he attempts to post here. I can’t make head or tail from his comments.Looks gibberish.

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    i don’t know how the americans can tell others not to have nuclear weapons when they and russia,france,UK china and india,pakistan,israel have got plenty.Imagine when the whites invented the gun and banned anyone else from using guns then the world will still be colonised by them.

    All these countries must first get rid of their nuclear weapons if they want north korea too to not have them.Otherwise it is sheer hypocrisy.I can have it but you can’t seems to be american policy.

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    The survivor winner will celebrate the victory and amuse. Not mourning the dead.

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    all mighty, Percy’s comment ….
    The very issues not grammar of English ….the text of comment has to be context, if you do not agreed?
    Write your comment on the proper or perfect grammar ?
    Hope & wish CT is good platform for that?
    CT is one of best web page an open to New International an issues to address the public of …..
    Sri Lankan……as well as the World.
    Grammar can be correct ,but that commitments to an ideas of nuclear policies are vital, risky and uncertainties in around the life of people in Global?
    In deed that cannot shifted Nuclear policy into other stand by overnight is quite impossible?

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    Rocket man has nothing to lose. He knows that if attacked he will be defeated. So, If he is attacked he will use nuclear and other weapons to take the South, Guam, Japan etc down with him. How many millions of people will die due to his and Trump’s egos?

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    If Twitterman initiates the attack by creating another lying situation like at Gulf of Tonkin, it will only be ROK(South Korea) that will suffer the most. DPRK has inferior conventional weapons. They are no match for ROK and US allies. US has over 30,000 troops on the heavily mined and heavily armed DMZ at the 38th Parallel. The problem is DPRK and the Rocketman using his Artillery and MBRLS on Seoul and causing massive damage before he is taken down. If he feels his nation is sinking, then he will also unleash his nuclear weapons. No one wins then. He will probably even fire them at Japan. Japan and ROK are NOT keen on escalating this madness. IT is only Twitterman and Rocketman who are engaging in this war of words and backing each other into a corner from where they cannot save face. My fear is the thin skinned Twitterman will be the one to start it. China has clearly said it does not want instability on its borders and will not support DPRK if it initiates a war. But China also has quietly said it will not feel sorry for DPRK if they started a war and US had every right to defend itself and its allies. Qualitatively US and ROK weapons are at least 40 years ahead of the inferior communist era Tanks, Aircraft, Artillery etc that DPRK has and DPRK has no real navy but a small fleet.

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    It is important to take previous wars between mismatched powers into account. N.Korea has nothing in their arsenal except their nuclear weapons that will ever dominate US-ROK forces.

    If you follow world events, then you should recall the Beqaa valley(`1982) disaster long time ago when US and Soviet weapons systems were supposed to be qualitatively on par. giggle. Do you remember what happened even after Syria deployed SAM batteries including what they thought were State of the Art mobile SA-6 Air defense missiles. (Soviet made) in Beqaa valley?

    Israeli Airforce(probably the best in the world) took out 82 Syrian MIGs and only had minor damage to 2 F-15s and the fight was over in one day!. This was totally one sided.

    Remember how Saddam talked before Kuwait was freed by a US led Arab coalition that included Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syria etc later in 1991? Called it the mother of all battles. He thought his T-72s and MIG-29s were a match in 2003. They were gone in less than 72 hours of fighting. But the fear here is Seoul is within reach of Kim’s batteries of Artillery and they will do serious damage before they are all taken out(and yes they will be taken out)

    ROK is a developed rich nation where even Sri Lankan labourers go legally and illegally to work. DPRK is a hermit kingdom with a pathetic paranoid psychopath Dictator. His nation also only has 25.3 million people while ROK has a population of 51.25Million. Only thing DPRK can do is damage ROK if they choose to go to war. But it was probably time someone engaged in his sort of rhetoric. Oh Mr/Dr. Fernando, did you know his Daddy was sponsored by the USSR during the cold war days and he had orgy trains full of russian hookers, top premium booze from around the world, and a fleet of luxury cars and there was a Special Train that took him to party in the USSR on the Trans Siberian? And that after the Cold War ended even the Russians got tired of those clowns? There is no happy ending specially if nuclear weapons are used first by DPRK. Then DPRK ceases a right to exist or the rest of the world will have to counter it effectively.

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    As far a conventional war is concerned DPRK’s Airforce will probably last a day like the Syrian Airforce in 1982 and his obsolete Tanks will be taken out by ROK and US forces. What everyone should fear is the Twitterman who is also unhinged like Kim Jong-un the young un of the Kim dynastic dictatorship, starts a war when the Russian investigation becomes more uncomfortable for him. He might create a false flag operation like Gulf of Tonkin. NO ONE WINS if there is a nuclear holocaust and that is why ROK and Japan are very keen to avoid war. That is also why the degenerate who got his uncle executed by feeding him to dogs is keen on ratcheting up the rhetoric. He knows ROK and Japan will go to much greater lengths to avoid war than Twitterman who is definitely a Dotard who is itching for a war to boost his approval ratings and seek a distraction from the Russian investigation.

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    Don’t forget how cruelly Japan treated the Koreans after they invaded and turned them into a vassal state. In 1910, Japan annexed Korea with the Japan–Korea Treaty signed by Ye Wanyong, Prime Minister of Korea, and Terauchi Masatake, who became the first Japanese Governor-General of Korea.

    Don’tr forget the sex slaves known as comfort women of Korea. Japanese were as brutish as the Nazis during WW II. We conveniently forget history. When Trump talks about US troops fighting in the far east, that is what he is referring to. The US forces lost more than 70,000 of the 405,000 soldiers during WW II in the Eastern theater. They used Nuclear weapons when it became quite clear the Japanese would fight to a fanatical end. We can use today’s standards and values to judge that action harshly, but we forget how fanatical Japs were; they were like the LTTE suicide and black tiger squads. They never gave up. They died by the thousands in places like Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal and in the war to take Philippines back. Koreans have a deep seated resentment of Japs.

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    by saying rouge to north korea, already u have sided with a terrorist state america. i dont say north korea is right, but killing 2million koreans in 1950-1953 period should be a eye opener.
    America and trump are the biggest threat to humans. if they are destroyed, i think we should have a better earth.

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    The division at the 38th parallel was a result of the Chinese intervening on behalf of Kim Il Sung’s North Korea when it was becoming clear that DPRK was losing in a rather humiliating fashion after initially shocking the South and taking over large parts of t he South. The UN which was basically a puppet for US those days(probably even now) sent US forces under General McArthur the legend and despite so many setbacks at the end, they had effectively defeated N.Korean forces and was threatening to take over the entire peninsula. Communist China could not accept that and crossed the Yalu River. US lost nearly 54,000 with 7,000 still missing. China lost over 360,000 soldiers!

    Ah yes the pathetic JVP types who engaged in class-hatred like Polpot must be thinking DPRK is a bloody Utopia. Sad. Remember Mr/Dr. Fernando, SL kicked them out after 1971 insurgency because they were supporting the JVP. I remember the paranoid DPRK diplomats in their poorly cut suits and Kim Il Sung badges. Being part of the regime back then, some of them visited our house and oddly in March of that year, Joe their first secretary kept peering over the curtain in our living room many times. Only later did we realize that he thought there were spies! Kim Jong Il was sponsored by the USSR to orgy trains through Siberia with premium whisky and cars from the west and russian hookers!

    May there never be nuclear war. May Twitterman stop his crazy tweets and may the young Un realize he can never defeat the US militarily and only thing he can do is hurt the Korean people of the South he keeps wanting to “liberate”.

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    Dr/Mr. Fernando,

    The history of the war there is as such. North Korea crossed the DMZ(38th Parallel) and invaded the South. North Korea at that time was closely allied to Communist China adn was a Communist nation. They thought the South was weak and invaded and even captured Seoul. US through UN came to intervene and pushed the North back and defeated them at tremendous cost mostly to Koreans. China intervened to save face and not wanting their arch enemy at the time the US on their border. But they almost lost too and they were dangerously close to nuclear war back then with General McArthur wanting to use them for retardation strikes even deep inside China.. Truman fired him and said no.

    People start to only blame the US but forget N.K started the war and it is estimated that over 5 million civilians died. But think about it. If NK prevailed, what would the south look like today? Another backward hermit kingdom led by a family of belligerent men? ROK is a booming economy now. It was of course not quite the democracy back then; yet if you look at levels of prosperity, access to information(S.Korea has the highest percentage of people with broadband fast internet connectivity in the world) you can compare the two regimes. Satellite photos taken at night show how poorly lit DPRK/NK is even today in contrast to vibrant ROK.

    If NK are so great, why do they still expect and demand food aid from Japan and ROK? Just on Sept 20th South Korea approved a plan to send $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea, the South’s Unification Ministry said, as part of an aid policy that the government says remains unaffected by geopolitical tensions with the North.

    Ideally they should be reunified under a democratic process. That means the Kim family loses their grip and their control . South Korea’s GDP is 1.14 Trillion USD; North Korea’s 12.4 billion USD. S.Korea provides aid even to Sri Lanka. North has coal and other resources but does not have much in way of trade. Who do you think will prevail?

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    Dr/Mr. Fernando,

    The history of the war there is as such. North Korea crossed the DMZ(38th Parallel) and invaded the South. North Korea at that time was closely allied to Communist China adn was a Communist nation. They thought the South was weak and invaded and even captured Seoul. US through UN came to intervene and pushed the North back and defeated them at tremendous cost mostly to Koreans. China intervened to save face and not wanting their arch enemy at the time the US on their border. But they almost lost too and they were dangerously close to nuclear war back then with General McArthur wanting to use them for retardation strikes even deep inside China.. Truman fired him and said no.

    People start to only blame the US but forget N.K started the war and it is estimated that over 5 million civilians died. But think about it. If NK prevailed, what would the south look like today? Another backward hermit kingdom led by a family of belligerent men? ROK is a booming economy now. It was of course not quite the democracy back then; yet if you look at levels of prosperity, access to information(S.Korea has the highest percentage of people with broadband fast internet connectivity in the world) you can compare the two regimes. Satellite photos taken at night show how poorly lit DPRK/NK is even today in contrast to vibrant ROK.

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    If DPRK are so great, why do they still expect and demand food aid from Japan and ROK? Just on Sept 20th South Korea approved a plan to send $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea, the South’s Unification Ministry said, as part of an aid policy that the government says remains unaffected by geopolitical tensions with the North.

    Ideally they should be reunified under a democratic process. That means the Kim family loses their grip and their control . South Korea’s GDP is 1.14 Trillion USD; North Korea’s 12.4 billion USD. S.Korea provides aid even to Sri Lanka. North has coal and other resources but does not have much in way of trade. Who do you think will prevail? Sadly, the dictator feels nuclear weapons are his only insurance for survival. Look at what the US did to Libya after Gaddaffi eliminated his WMD program.

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      Mano Ratwatte,
      You have already written an article with so much of information! Why not publish for the benefit of the readers and the discussion. I don’t think I have much disagreement with you, although I must have emphasized some other aspects. My major thrust is to push for a total ban on nuclear weapons, analysing Trump’s speech. Kim Jong-un has now threatened a H-bomb test in the Pacific. Already there had been a major tremor, indicating a test inside the country. China has decided to curtail oil exports to a minimum as a pressure. I hope China could and would do more. They must be having some important contacts. Unless there is an internal change, the situation is leading for a disaster.
      Laksiri

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    Sir, you piqued my curiosity with a greatly valuable set of arguments.. For some odd reason even from my childhood I have tried to pay attention to global geo-political events and stay a bit informed. Anyway, China IS the key factor here to make sure sense prevails. As for Nuclear weapons sadly it is an idealistic quest to seek a nuclear free world. In a rational world, the fact that the once protagonists from the Cold War all had weapons assured that they will not be used. “Mutually assured destruction” was the mantra. Same with later proliferation; India gets one and Pakistan had to have it too to balance the powers in the region. Israel needs it for survival surrounded by hostile Arab nations. In the civilized world, only South Africa under post apartheid realities, voluntarily destroyed their WMD nuclear weapons program which during US and Israeli supported days of racist Apartheid was well on its way to a weapon. Look what the US-UK coalition did to Libya; Libya also dismantled their program.

    Alas, as idealistic as you are, it will never happen. DPRK wants them to gain an advantage; and for their survival and won’t give it up. They also want to reunify Korea under their pathetic communist state controlled repressive system not under a free open market Democratic political environment. You make very good points from an idealistic point of view and I agree with you theoretically.
    We human beings are the most savage species on earth when it comes to creating new ways to destroy each other. And amongst us some nations are more aggressive than others including the US which has killed more civilans in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Iraq and even during the Korean war than any other nation after WW II. Sad truth.

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