Governments Oppose U.S. War Against Iraq

March 23, 2003

As is known, despite months of bullying and bribing other countries, the Bush administration was unable to get the U.N. Security Council to endorse its aggression and the U.S. war is in violation of all of international law. In fact the majority of governments across the globe have spoken out against the U.S. war in Iraq and the isolation of U.S. imperialism continues to grow.

Below we print excerpts from official statements released in Cuba and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

DPRK Foreign Ministry

On March 21, a spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following statement:

At dawn of March 20, the United States finally started its military attack on Iraq defying the unanimous protest of the international community.

The U.S. armed attack is a grave encroachment upon sovereignty.

The violation of Iraqi sovereignty already started with demanding disarmament by inspection and gradually led to the war.

The unilateral demand for the disarmament of a sovereign state itself is a wanton encroachment upon this country's sovereignty.

The encroachment upon sovereignty by military attack is the most vivid expression of violation of the rights of the people in this country.

Countries which liked to call for the "protection of human rights" in the past are directly joining in the current armed attack or conniving at it. Such "doctrine of strength" and hypocrisy disturb the international order while seriously threatening peace and security not only in the Middle East but in the rest of the world.

The Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is opposed to a war.

War against the independence of a sovereign state and human rights can never be justified.

This highhanded action of the U.S. against Iraq and the war preparations now being made by the U.S. and its followers in the Korean Peninsula compel the DPRK to do all it can to defend itself and help it clearly know for what it should do more. To save the UN and its collective security mechanisms from collapse; to confront the deliberate flouting of the principles of its Charter

Cuba's Foreign Minister

The following is excerpted from a speech given by Felipe Perez Roque, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, to the senior-level sector of the 59th session of the Human Rights Commission on March 20, 2003.

The illegal, unjust and unnecessary aggression against a Third World country, Iraq -- already unleashed with total brutality despite the unanimous rejection of world public opinion -- is making the right of nations to unfettered self-determination and sovereignty a mere illusion....

The consequences of consistent aggression towards international law, unwonted declarations and doctrines, and the constant use of threats and military blackmail that we have seen during the last year still have to be comprehended in their full extension and significance. An entire planet has become the hostage of the capricious decisions of an unbridled power that ignores any and every international commitment and acts only in line with its own interests and its peculiar concept of national security. We are moving towards a new world order in which agreement is being replaced by threat and threat by fear. That, Madam President, is our dilemma and our challenge: to confront in a unified way a danger that threatens us all.

Well, it might be fitting to wonder whether in fact there are any motives for optimism. Cuba firmly believes that there is a powerful reason for feeling optimistic: in the history of humanity great crises have always opened the way to great solutions. No dictatorship, no empire with hegemonic intentions has been able to impose itself all the time on aspirations to justice and freedom for the peoples. It is a fact that on many occasions fear of confronting the powerful, disheartenment and apathy have made the cost of victory a higher one. That is why, today, while it is still not too late, I repeat with all respect the words which, on behalf of Cuba, I expressed to the Commission last year: "Cuba considers that, despite the political differences among us, there is nevertheless, a danger that is common to all of us: the attempt to impose a world dictatorship in the service of the mighty superpower, which has declared without any circumlocutions that one is with it or against it."