The Source of Tension on the Korean Peninsula is U.S. Imperialism

January 11, 2015

As part of the ongoing campaign to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula and to prevent the peaceful reunification of Korea, the U.S. president is alleging that officials of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea masterminded a Hollywood studio’s computer network security breach. The allegations triggered a wild-eyed frenzy in the monopoly media which grew even more disconnected from reality when, on January 2, Obama called the alleged incident a “human rights violation.” 

Obama’s allegations are taking place at a time when U.S. imperialism is strengthening its military alliance with Japan and South Korea as part of its program of “remaining the preeminent military power in the Pacific.” U.S. imperialism relies on its “forward deployment” of troops in Japan and South Korea as the key to projecting its influence and asserting its economic interests throughout the region. Especially today, when the Asian market is undergoing tremendous growth, U.S. monopoly corporations are trying to maximize their trade and investment “opportunities” in the region.

In maintaining its military occupation of the south, U.S. imperialism is trampling underfoot the sovereignty of the Korean people, partitioning the country and preventing its peaceful reunification on the basis of the independent will and efforts of the Korean people. The 30,000 U.S. troop occupation of South Korea serves to militarize the whole of East Asia and to maximize tensions in the region. 

Today, public opinion throughout the world is demanding the end of U.S. military occupation of South Korea as the Korean people are pressing forward in their struggle for peaceful reunification. Ending U.S. occupation and interference in Korea is a necessity in order for the Korean people to exercise their sovereign rights to national independence and freedom. Ending U.S. military occupation of Korea is also a vital part of the struggle of the world’s peoples for peace and for an international system based on the sovereignty and equality of all nations.