- You'd have to laugh – if it were not so grave. The
Trump administration says that it is running out of
patience for a diplomatic solution to the Korea
This pseudo piousness comes from a US government
that continually refuses to enter into direct
negotiations with Kim Jong-un, the leader of the
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
So, how can the US say it is growing weary from
diplomatic effort when it hasn’t even bothered to
breathe an earnest word of diplomacy – despite being
urged to do so by Russia, China, and other world
President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call
with Russia’s Vladimir Putin was the latest world
leader to endorse Moscow’s appeal for negotiations
over the Korea crisis.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia,
pointed out, the latest resolution concerning North
Korea, voted on September 11,
specifically calls on
all parties, including the United States, to open
negotiations and commit to finding a peaceful
by not fulfilling diplomatic responsibility, the US
is not complying with the UN resolution.
Following another ballistic missile test by North
Korea on Friday in defiance of UN resolutions,
President Trump’s national security advisor, General
claimed that the US
was at the end of its tether in seeking diplomacy.
kicking the can down the road, and we’re out of the
road,” McMaster told reporters after North Korea
launched a ballistic missile that overflew Japan.
The distance traveled – 3,700 km – would put the US
territory of Guam within a target range.
security advisor then added with familiar sinister
intent: “For those who have been commenting on a
lack of a military option, there is a military
American president was touring the Anderson air
force base near Washington where he again boasted
of US “overwhelming” military power to wipe
out North Korea.
China have repeatedly called on the US and North
Korea to enter into talks to settle the security
crisis – a crisis that could stumble into a global
catastrophe from nuclear war, as President Putin
Beijing gave their support to the latest UN
resolution (UNSC 2375) based on the obligation
demanded by the text for multilateral negotiations.
resolution also calls for cutting oil exports
to North Korea by up to 30 percent (not the blanket
ban the US was seeking).
the US is not willing to implement the diplomatic
measures called for in the resolution, then why
should China or Russia enforce the sanctions on oil
Washington wants to have its cake and eat it. The US
is demanding Russia and China to “take direct
action” on North Korea’s economy, but Washington
shows no sign of implementing its side of the
bargain to enter into diplomatic communications.
his senior officials keep threatening that “all
options are on the table” – meaning a pre-emptive
military strike on North Korea, including with the
use of nuclear weapons.
It is important to note that North Korea’s
nuclear program and missile launches are all
about deterrence. Kim Jong-un
after the latest ballistic test that Pyongyang
was seeking military “equilibrium” with the US
in order to deter it from carrying out a
from Russia, China, Germany, and France,
among others, calling for diplomatic talks, many
reasonable voices within the US are also urging the
US President Jimmy Carter, who has visited North
Korea on three occasions, has forthrightly
Washington must commit to peace and enter into talks
US-based National Campaign to End the Korean War is
negotiations for a peaceful resolution. The
organization says the key to successful diplomacy is
for the US to sign a formal peace treaty with North
64 years after the end of the Korean War (1950-53),
the US refuses to sign a peace treaty. Technically,
the US is still at war with North Korea, having only
ever observed a truce to the conflict. With
continuous military maneuvers by the US around the
Korean Peninsula, this observation of truce is
From the North
Korean point of view, the US could resume a
full-scale war at any time. Military drills and
gung-ho rhetoric about “decapitation strikes” and
“all options” are cause for deep alarm in North
Korea, especially given the enormous suffering that
it was subjected to by the US during the 1950-53
Washington were serious about seeking a diplomatic
solution in Korea then it would confirm that
purported aspiration by signing a long-overdue peace
treaty with North Korea. Then, as Russia and China
have urged, the parties should engage
in comprehensive talks on security concerns.
But this is
the crux of the entire matter. Washington does not
want peace in Korea.
conflict and the shadow of war are essential to US
presence in Asia-Pacific. That allows the US
to project North Korea as a “bogeyman threat”
to American allies in South Korea and Japan, which,
in turn, facilitates the massive selling of weapons
vital to the US economy.
week, the US sold more of its Terminal High Altitude
Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missiles to South Korea,
even though South Korean President Moon Jae-in
previously said he was opposed to installing these
weapons. Japan is also moving to purchase more
US-made Aegis anti-missile systems.
the escalation of US military forces in Asia-Pacific
to allegedly “counter the North Korea threat”
provides Washington a convenient cover to expand its
strategic reach over China and Russia – the two
nations which the Pentagon repeatedly labels as its
main global adversaries.
Russia have expressed their objection to the US
missile systems in Asia-Pacific, saying that they
disturb the strategic balance.
Nevertheless, the US is proceeding to build up its
forces because it is using the North Korea crisis
as a politically acceptable stalking horse.
reality is that the US rulers and their
military-driven economy do not want peace in Korea.
Hence, they refuse to sign a peace treaty or give
diplomacy any chance. Conflict with North Korea is
simply vital for US corporate capitalism, as well
as allowing the US to project its military power
over perceived rivals in Russia and China.
abominable issue here is that world peace is being
jeopardized in order to satisfy the selfish
strategic interest of American rulers. International
law, UN resolutions, appeals to reason and diplomacy
are being outrageously snubbed by a rogue regime
in Washington itching for war.
Washington has the audacity to claim its patience
for diplomacy is running out. The only thing running
out is the world’s tolerance for such American
belligerence and arrogance.
This is not
just about Korea and Asia-Pacific. The Middle East
and North Africa, South Asia, NATO’s expansion
in Europe, Ukraine and the Balkans. Venezuela, Cuba
and Latin America. Conflicts in every part of the
globe, past, and present are correlated
with America’s addiction to war. Because peace is
anathema to US rulers.
Cunningham has written extensively on international
affairs, with articles published in several
languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural
Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the
Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England,
before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He
is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20
years, he worked as an editor and writer in major
news media organisations, including The Mirror,
Irish Times and Independent.
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Global Policy; Brian Becker, a policy analyst on
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Escobar, editor-at-large at Asia Times.
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