Urgent: Stop The United States From Attacking North Korea

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Above photo: Peace rally in Washington, DC in 2010. By Tim Shorrock.

NOTE: The United States has been escalating conflict with North Korea recently, as described below. Read this recent newsletter for background on the US’ antagonism towards North Korea.

Of concern is that President Trump announced today that he plans to meet with all 100 senators on Wednesday, April 26, without their staffers, at the White House.

We must send a strong message to the senators that we will not tolerate a US attack on North Korea. The time to do that is now!

CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR SENATORS!

Or use the Capitol Switchboard at 202 224 3121 to call your senators today and tell them that we want peace with North Korea. Negotiate with President Kim Jong-un. Stop US military exercises on the North Korean border.

Join us at the White House on Wednesday at 2 pm. See this Facebook page for details. If you can’t come to DC, then hold an action locally.

We are concerned that the United States wants to create chaos in the Koreas because South Korea is holding an election in May for a new President. The front runner is not as friendly to US militarism as the past president. The US is rushing to complete a missile defense system in South Korea that is opposed by the population. – Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

Korean Americans Speak Out against U.S. War Threats in Korea

Tensions on the Korean peninsula reached a boiling point this week. The United States threatened to use pre-emptive nuclear strikes against North Korea if it continues its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Last week, Donald Trump claimed that the U.S. military was sending an “armada” to North Korea in response to its missile test on April 5. The “armada” Trump was referring to is a convoy of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson leading three other warships.

Recent U.S. bombings in Syria and Afghanistan raised the possibility of a U.S. first strike in North Korea that could lead to an all-out nuclear war. Tensions still remain high, and Trump’s erroneous remark about the deployment of the Carl Vinson and the naval strike group added to the confusion surrounding the current crisis.

Here’s a quick rundown of what transpired in recent weeks:

April 5 – North Korea test launched a ballistic missile.

April 9 – The U.S. military announced that Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, directed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to head north and station itself in the Western Pacific.

April 11 – Trump tweeted, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”

Reporters asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer why the U.S. decided to deploy the naval strike group to the East Sea. Spicer claimed that the deployment of the naval strike group is a show of “deterrence” and military “presence.” He failed to mention that the Carl Vinson was not headed north to the East Sea and would not be moving in that direction for at least another 14 days.

Defense Secretary Mattis announced that the Carl Vinson had canceled its military exercises with the Australian Navy. In an interview with Fox News, Trump stated that the U.S. is sending an “armada” to warn of a U.S. pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

April 12 – Christine Hong, Associate Professor at UC Santa Cruz and executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute, spoke withThe Real News Network to discuss the overlooked history of U.S. policy towards North Korea that has led to current crisis.

(Video source: The Real News Network)

April 14 – ZoominKorea’s Hyun Lee spoke with RT News about the dangerous situation the U.S. would create for all countries in the Northeast Asia region, particularly South Korea, by deploying warships and strategic bombers near North Korea. Below is an excerpt from the interview:

It was reported in the US media last weekend that his policy may include redeploying nuclear weapons in South Korea as well as taking military action to decapitate the North Korean leadership. I believe what is happening right now is that the U.S. is flexing its muscle in order to intimidate North Korea. We have been here before in the past. By deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the region – what the US is doing it is creating a situation of tension, where even the slightest misstep can create a confrontation that can quickly escalate to full-scale war. This is very dangerous.

We should know that, according to global intelligence from Stratfor, the U.S. just does not have sufficient intelligence to know the location of all of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. And according to them, the only military option available to the US to guarantee the removal of the threat of a North Korean nuclear attack is actually the use of U.S. nuclear weapons preemptively, or invasion or occupation of North Korea.

Now, is this the path that the U.S. wants to go down? Can it actually risk going down this path after decades of bungling military actions in the Middle East that have completely destabilize that region? Especially now at a time, when in South Korea there is a vacuum of political leadership: the South Korean president was just impeached; there is supposed to be an election in a month from now; there is a vacuum there. The South Korean people will obviously be the ones who pay the greatest price for any type of US military action. This is unthinkable. This is not in the interest of the US or South Korea, or anyone in the region.

Click here to read the entire transcript of the interview.

April 15 – North Korea test-launched an unidentified ballistic missile from land. No “armada” or convoy of warships led by the USS Carl Vinson was found near the Korean Peninsula.

April 17 – Mike Pence made a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas. He declared “the era of strategic patience” over and said “all options are on the table.”

Korea experts Christine Hong and Bruce Cumings, professor of history at University of Chicago, spoke with Democracy Now! about the history of U.S.-North Korea relations and the need for diplomacy.

(Video source: Democracy Now!)

April 18 – Reports surfaced about the actual location of the USS Carl Vinson and the so-called “armada” of naval vessels that were supposed to be heading to the East Sea near the Korean Peninsula. Contrary to the Trump administration’s claims that the naval strike group was heading north on April 11, the warships were heading in the opposite direction to the Indian Ocean to participate in military exercises with the Australian Navy. On April 15, when North Korea was conducting its missile test, the Carl Vinson was seen thousands of miles away off the shores of Indonesia.

Christine Ahn, Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War, spoke with Dennis Bernstein of Flashpoints on KPFA Radio to shed light on the political context surrounding the current crisis.

Click here to listen to the interview (begin at 31:55).

April 19 – Christine Ahn joined the Thom Hartmann Program to further discuss the state of tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

(Video source: Thom Hartmann Program)

April 21 – ZoominKorea’s Hyun Lee also joined the Thom Hartmann Program to highlight the longstanding tensions and failed attempts at engagement between the U.S. and North Korea.

(Video source: RT News and Thom Hartmann Program)

April 22 – During his visit in Australia, Mike Pence stated that the USS Carl Vinson would arrive in the East Sea near the Korean Peninsula “in a matter of days.”

April 23 – The USS Carl Vinson arrived in the Philippine Sea to hold joint military exercises with Japan.

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    Additional background – as part of the Obama administration’s Pivot to Asia foreign policy objectives:

    South Korea To Deploy Lockheed’s THAAD Missile Defense System Early
    http://www.investors.com/news/south-korea-back-plans-to-deploy-thaad-early-after-failed-north-korea-missile-test/

  • The only way to prevent these wars is to hold the war criminals involved accountable.

    That’s never going to happen until US exceptionalism has ended and become a thing of the past.

    For example, When the South African Apartheid regime ended, that was the result of a Popular Resistance combined with a global boycott, the time to get organised is here again.

    The list of potential products to boycott is endless for it involves many a nation that have taken part or otherwise profited from the spoils of war.

    However, even the Neocons have masters who are not likely prepared to see their companies profits dwindle as a result of a global boycott against war mongers.

  • DHFabian

    Legislators already know that the majority oppose more war, and that here and many around the world are Alarmed by what appears to be an effort to launch WWlll. Because the US already pursued the longest, most expensive war in this country’s history, we’ve been drained out militarily and economically and will lose. Both Trump and Kim un Jong appear inclined toward nuclear war, somehow oblivious to the consequences, and we’re left with the appearance that there is nothing in place to restrain these two.

  • ignasi

    Peace is the door to happiness.We need Peace

  • Robert H. Stiver

    I have joined with Christine Ahn on several actions since she visited my church on Easter Sunday morning and gave an awesome, well-received talk-and-video presentation. Ms. Ahn is a tireless leader and activist for sanity and peace. She is hostessing a solidarity gathering at the local Friends House this Saturday/29th from 6-8 PM. (She also led a negotiate-for-peace letter initiative to Trump to coincide with the meeting on April 26th with 100 senators at the White House; briefing presented by warmongers, of course. The letter is signed by more than 200 women from 40 countries. Along with others, I wrote e-mails to Hawaii’s two senators and urged/demanded that they take the letter with them, call it to the attention of all attendees, and advocate for the urgent initiation of peace talks to bring the 1953 Armistice to closure.)