American Empire Threatened By Peace In Korea
If there was ever a doubt that the American Empire does not value the lives and interests of the South Korean people, 2018 is proof.
In 2017 the people pushed out a corrupt, pro-war, pro-American Empire president and replaced her with a pro-peace president. The South Korean people had spoken, but the South Korean people don't vote in the U.S.
As a reward for its broader foray into diplomacy, North Korea wants a formal and official declared end to the decades-long Korean War that settled into an uneasy truce in 1953. South Korea wants this, too.
But the United States, which first sent military forces to the Korean Peninsula in 1950 and still keeps 28,500 troops there, is not ready to agree to a peace declaration.
And why is the U.S. "not ready to agree to peace" in Korea? Amazingly the NY Times will shamelessly tell you something approaching the truth.
For some American officials, the troop presence in South Korea is not just a deterrent toward North Korea. It also helps the United States maintain a military footprint in Asia and a grand strategy of American hegemony.
China has already begun challenging the United States’ military presence in Asia, which will only be reinforced as China becomes the world’s biggest economy and modernizes its military.
The officials also worry that President Moon Jae-in of South Korea might try to push for a lesser American military presence, or a weakening of the alliance, after an end-of-war declaration.
“For the United States, an end-of-war declaration or a peace declaration or a peace treaty has always had a broader context,” Mr. Yun said.
If the desires of the people of South Korea don't matter, then are they really an ally? Or a nation under foreign occupation?
North Korea wants an end to the war even more than South Korea does.
On Sunday, Mr. Bolton said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that his understanding was that Mr. Kim had said “yes” to a suggestion in April by President Moon Jae-in of South Korea that North Korea should “denuclearize” within one year. He said Mr. Moon had reported this to the United States.
That's what we supposedly want! The thing is that North Korea requires a permanent peace treaty BEFORE disarming. Which is a reasonable thing to demand, and South Korea is pushing for it as well.
Which is why the U.S. is refusing to concede the point.
This is not something new. The U.S. has been preventing peace in Korea since 1953.
Negotiations took place in Geneva in 1954 but no progress was made and no peace treaty eventuated. The U.S. Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, would not negotiate and was not prepared to shake the hand of Chinese Foreign Minister Zhou Enlai. Zhou described Dulles’ attitude as obstructionist. Other representatives, including those from Britain and Belgium, were privately critical of the approach of the United States at the conference. At the conclusion of the conference, Dulles, who became TIME’s Man of the Year for 1954, refused to agree to a proposed joint statement reflecting a common desire to achieve the peaceful settlement of the Korean question.