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"Surveying the US media’s reluctance to report on the willingness of North Korea to negotiate, The Intercept’s Jon Schwarz argues: “there are huge roadblocks” to finding a peaceful solution to the crisis “and one of the biggest is the Western media’s failure to simply inform their audience of the basics of what’s happening”."
 
"Journalist Fragkiska Megaloudi, the only Greek citizen known to have resided in Pyongyang, talks to Greek Reporter’s Anastasios Papapostolou about daily life in the isolated country as well as the DPRK regime and its leader Kim Jong-un. - 
Fragkiska Megaloudi is a rare kind of a person who lived and worked in North Korea as a family guest of a United Nations representative between 2012 and 2014. Video Interview
 
Ernesto Che Guevara, on visiting DPRK after reconstruction (L'Antidiplomatico):
"North Korea came out of the [Korean] war without any industry, even without animals. In an era when American air superiority, was much greater, the planes had nothing left to destroy; they amused themselves by killing cattle and what animals they met. It was really an orgy of death that swept over North Korea in just two years; Mig-15s appeared in the third year, and thing changed, but those two years of war meant, perhaps, the most barbarous systematic destruction ever attempted."  Via Luciana Bohne
 
'Putin's Warning To The World. North Korea "On The Verge Of A Large-Scale Conflict".' Sep. 2017 Tyler Durden, ICH: "As tensions between the US, its regional allies and North Korea continue ebb and flow, depending on what and where Kim lobs the next missile and whether Kelly can block Trump from tweeting for the next few hours, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to personally weigh in on the conflict for the first time since the UN passed new sanctions against the North earlier this month. In an article published on the Kremlin’s web site, the Russian president warned that the two sides are “balancing on the verge of a large-scale conflict," adding that any efforts to pressure the North to end its nuclear program would prove “futile,” and that the only tenable solution to the standoff would be a "dialogue with preconditions." 
 
 
 
"Commentators say sanctions don’t work against North Korea. Nothing works.[ii] They don’t ask why. It’s as if there is no history. And it’s as if there are no people, because people have reasons, partly explained by history. There are no reasons because there are no people. The people disappear. (...) Bruce Cuming’s The Korean War explains North Korea’s resistance.[i] The history provides reasons and makes it unsurprising. But there’s also a story about that history: about how some histories disappear, and must." 'Why the Surprise About North Korea’s Resistance?', August 2017, Susan Babbitt
 
John Pilger: "Look, the problem is not North Korea. The problem is not Russia. The problem is not China. The problem is the United States." 'North Korea solution depends on ‘containment of the US’, Sep, 2017
 
'Trump at the UN: The Politics of Rodomontade. Full of sound and fury, signifying not much' by Justin Raimondo, ANTI-WAR. September 21, 2017: "What will go down in history as the “Rocket man” speech underscores the confusion, the contradictions, the dangers, and even some of the virtues - however attenuated - of the Trump presidency. Despite the flamboyant rhetoric – or, perhaps, because of it – it’s hard to take Trump’s threat to “destroy” North Korea seriously.
Trump knows, as his generals surely do, that the destruction of Pyongyang would be accompanied by the annihilation of Seoul – a city of over ten million people. Aside from that, however, the hysterics amongst us failed to note that Trump’s threat was conditional: “if we are forced to defend ourselves or our allies.” There was much hand-wringing about how such an act would be a “war crime,” and this is undoubtedly true. Yet our historically ignorant – or is that willfully blind? — punditariat seems not to realize that we already “totally destroyed” North Korea. By 1951, the US had leveled every North Korean city to the ground – eighty to ninety percent destroyed."
 
 
"Without the US presence in South Korea the stage would be set for a rapprochement between North and South Korea under the aegis of Russia and China. If a peace agreement was to be reached there would be no reason for the US to remain in Korea. This is what the US fears the most as it would be read out of the Korean peninsula and its position in East Asia would be severely jeopardized. It would lose a major front in its containment wall around China.

With a peace agreement between North and South Korea under joint Sino-Russian auspices both countries would be able to guarantee peace on the peninsula and protect it militarily against any enemies. Trump, with his war-mongering rhetoric has already shown that the US is ready to sacrifice South Korea to obtain its goal of a permanent presence on the Korean peninsula no matter what the cost. Moon must realize this but is caught between a rock and a hard place. Does he have the guts to oppose the US and seek a unilateral peace with the North brokered by Russia and China? So far it seems not.

A Korean peace treaty, in which the North gives up its nukes and the South foregos its military alliance with the US and all foreign troops withdraw, is the last thing the US wants. As far as the US is concerned, If there is to be any possibility of peace on the peninsula it has to be on Washington's terms, which means regime change in the DPRK and a continued US presence on the peninsula to secure the peace. China however would never agree to that, so unless the US agrees to the Sino-Russian peace plan there will be a perpetual state of hostilities on the peninsula with the omnipresent threat of war.

Right now the South is still in bondage to the US. With 26,500 US troops stationed on its territory it can be said that South Korea is being held hostage with a gun to its head. If Moon tries to seek a peace agreement in conjunction with Russia and China there could simply be a military coup with its leaders beholden to the US. It's happened before and can happen again. No way will the US allow a peace agreement which would entail its eventual withdrawal from the peninsula.

The whole nuclear issue can thus be seen as a ploy instigated by the US to allow it to maintain its grip on East Asia in opposition to China. Problem is it's a game of Russian roulette and someone's brains may be blown out. To use a chess analogy as China rises we enter the endgame. There are four possibilities, either China or the US checkmates the other, there is a stalemate or the US throws over the board and we all lose." By Dennis Etler  

"North Korea’s threat of turning the United States into a “sea of fire,” while rhetorically inflammatory and unproductive, is based on its historical experience of the Korean War, during which the United States engaged in a literal scorched earth campaign of incendiary bombing that exhausted all targets. Despite American introduction of nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1958 in violation of the 1953 Armistice Agreement, North Korea began developing its own nuclear weapons in earnest only in the 1990s when it could no longer rely on the Soviet nuclear umbrella." 'The Cold War Never Ended: Historical Roots of the Current North Korea Crisis', Aug. 15, 2017

Some links

'There Will Be No New Korean War': What Putin Knows, Western Pundits Don't', Sep, 2017

 
 
".. for the last three weeks, Japan, South Korea and the US have been engaged in large-scale joint-military drills on Hokkaido Island and in South Korea. These needlessly provocative war games are designed to simulate an invasion of North Korea and a “decapitation” operation to remove (Re: Kill) the regime." What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests, Sep, 2017. Mike Whitney
 
 
 
Noam Chomsky: "North Korea have continuously offered to cease all development and use of nuclear weapons. - US presidents Obama & Trump both refused the offer." Via MediaLens - https://twitter.com/Merlin_Norbury/status/904722058474553344
 
But the US' UN Haley claims that North Korea is beggin for war ...
 
 
 
 
https://www.liberationnews.org/my-trip-to-north-korea-13-misconceptions-corrected/
 
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/16/n-korea-better-equitable-health-care-system-us/
 
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/9245
 
https://consortiumnews.com/2017/08/28/how-history-explains-the-korean-crisis/
 
https://www.blackagendareport.com/US-empire-building-interventions

(North) Korea

Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth About North Korea, Iran, And Syria, 2007

More books by Bruce Cumings   

 
 
 
"In May 2007, Cumings was the first recipient of the Kim Dae Jung Academic Award for Outstanding Achievements and Scholarly Contributions to Democracy, Human Rights and Peace granted by South Korea." Cumings, Wikipedia (Sep. 2017)

More History

'Could USA Do Worse To Korea Than Last Time? N. Korean Joy To Have Nuclear Deterrent Understandable', Oct. 2017: "The following is a short history of genocidal crimes against humanity bitterly suffered by Koreans in their own beloved country from savage attack, conquest, and manipulation by the USA before and after it became the sole world superpower as a result of the Second World War, which could not have happened without the mega enormous investment in, and joint venturing by, US corporations and banks in building impoverished Nazi Germany up to world number one military force; a rearmament permitted by the powerful elite in Washington and Europe in clear abrogation of the prohibitions of the Versailles Treaty – with Hitler’s promise to invade socialist Russia in mind."