Saturday, June 30, 2018

Peace in Korea now!

by New Worker correspondent
outside the new American embassy in London

The new American embassy in Nine Elms is a giant glass cube with disguised fortifications in a quiet part of town. But last weekend NCP leader Andy Brooks and other comrades stood outside the moated compound to loudly call on Donald Trump to honour the pledges made in Singapore and work for peace and tranquillity on the Korean peninsula.
 The picket was called by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) to mark the 68th anniversary of the Korean War that began when US imperialism and its south Korean lackeys attempted to invade Democratic Korea on 25th June 1950.
            Millions died in the war that ended with an armistice in 1953. But Korea remains partitioned with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) ringed by the nuclear arsenals of US imperialism and facing tens of thousands of American troops based in the south of the divided peninsula.
Every year the anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War is marked by the start of the month of solidarity with the Korean people. In Britain, and throughout the rest of the world, Korean solidarity campaigners meet to demand an end to the American occupation of south Korea and the peaceful reunification of the country that has been divided since the end of the Korean War.
This year the protesters focused on the recent summit between Chairman Kim Jong Un of the DPRK and US President Donald Trump and called on the American leader to honour his fine words in Singapore and continue along the road to peace in Korea.
KFA Chair Dermot Hudson took the mike to say that the Korean War was provoked by south Korea under the instigation of the Americans. Millions of people died in the war and the US used germ and chemical warfare as well as committing many massacres of innocent civilians.
Dermot said that despite the positive outcome of the DPRK-US summit, no permanent peace treaty has been concluded and US troops remain in south Korea. There is a need for US troops to be withdrawn from south Korea and a permanent peace treaty which would finally end the Korean War should be signed.

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