U.S. Continues Provocations Against North Korea

March 19, 2013

As The Worker goes to press, the U.S. and South Korean military forces are in the midst of large-scale war "games," code-named Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, on the Korean peninsula. Ten thousand U.S. and 200,000 South Korean troops, accompanied by hundreds of U.S. fighter aircraft and naval warships, are taking part in the 2 month exercises scheduled to end on April 30.

In recent years, U.S. aircraft and warships have repeatedly violated the territorial airspace and waters of North Korea, and the exercises are always accompanied by provocative military threats against North Korea from various U.S. State Department and Pentagon officials.

Such military actions by the U.S. reveal not only the extremely dangerous and provocative steps on the part of the Pentagon, but also the hypocrisy of U.S. imperialism. While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proclaim North Korea as a "military threat," it is the U.S. itself which is stoking the flames of war.

Once again, the military maneuvers being carried out by the U.S. on the Korean peninsula demonstrate that it is U.S. imperialism, and not North Korea, which is pushing the region to the brink of war. Clearly, the removal of all U.S. military forces from the Korean peninsula is necessary to end the threat of war and help bring about the peaceful reunification of the peninsula.