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Rodong Sinmun, North
'Should Be Smashed'
Western calls for greater democracy and human rights merely a pretext to punish
governments that refuse to obey 'imperialist' dictates? This article by
columnist Jo Thaek-bom of North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun argues
that the abysmal economic performance of 'independent nations' like North Korea
and Iran is a direct result of politically-motivated Western sanction.
The imperialists are becoming
ever bolder in their moves to achieve global hegemony. Under the pretext of
democracy, human rights, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and the like, they
are leaving no stone unturned to realize their wild ambition.
They are stepping up their
offensive against their rivals in the anti-imperialist and independent
countries, nations of points of strategic importance and regions abounding in
All countries, given their
specific circumstances and conditions, are permitted to adopt their own strategies
and lines. Thus is an issue of sovereignty and no one can argue about it.
The imperialists, however, in
an attempt to enforce Western-style values, indulge themselves in interference in
the internal affairs of other nations. And when they fail, they impose
collective sanctions through the United Nations or perpetrate military invasions.
This seriously infringes on the independence of sovereign states and presents
an obstacle to national economic development.
Imperialist sanctions are
aimed at disturbing people's minds, causing them to disintegrate from within. These
dominator forces use the pretext of sanctions against countries that disobey them
and aim to create an obstacle to economic development, and cause living standards to deteriorate.
The imperialists blame the
resultant economic failure on incorrect state policies, and instigate people to
rise up against governments. They even scheme to topple them. The sanctions of
the imperialists are designed to weaken the defense capabilities of other nations,
thus easily dominating them militarily.
The economy and military
defense capability are closely tied. In fact, defense capacity is inconceivable
apart from economic development. Take Iraq for example. For over ten years in
the 1990s, Iraq suffered under Western sanctions. The economy went bankrupt and
the people were driven to destitution. At that point, Iraq couldn't even think
of increasing its defense capability.
The United States attempted
to weaken the defense capacity of Iraq through protracted sanctions. It
fabricated a fiction on possession of weapons of mass destruction and launched
an invasion of Iraq. The Iraqi army could not counter properly. The United
States put the rich resources of oil in Iraq into its power without shedding
Now the U.S.-led Western
countries are hell bent on collective sanctions against Iran.
Iran is a strong
anti-imperialist country with an independent stand. Look at as a thorn in America's
flesh. So the United States is trying to deny Iran its peaceful nuclear
activity. Sanctions on Iran’s financial and oil sectors are getting tougher. All
financial dealings with the Central Bank of Iran are carefully checked and a
ban Iranian oil imports is being expanded. The aimed is to drive Iran into
chaos and paralyze its defensive capability
The U.S. defense secretary
predicted that Israel is expected to attack Iran this spring. Israel's deputy prime
minister has said that his country is prepared to attack all of Iran's nuclear
facilities. This proves that the U.S. is intent on using Israel as a storming
party and servant of its strategy to dominate the Middle East.
Amid the rising military
threat against Iran, U.S. strategic bombers and over 15,000 U.S. troops have
been deployed to neighboring countries. Hundreds of heavy bombs have been
transported to a U.S. military base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, and two
U.S. carrier flotillas are now on constant combat duty.
One accidental shot may lead
Developments in the Persian
Gulf suggest many things. Imperialist sanctions infringe on the interests of
other nations and interrupt normal ties. Now the United States demands that
other countries join its sanctions against Iran. It has created a very complicated
Western countries that import
oil from Iran face an awkward situation. In 2010, Greece, Italy and Spain
imported 68.5 percent of their oil from Iran. The Iranian oil ban will inflict
a great loss on these countries.
To cope with Western
sanctions, Iran plans to blockade the Strait of Hormuz. And while bolstering
its defense capacity, Iran is staging large-scale military exercises in
surrounding waters. Due to the alarming situation in the Persian Gulf, the
international oil price has already exceeded $110 per barrel, and it is
expected to rise to $200-$300 in the future.
Japan Recently asked the
United States to partly exempt it from Iranian oil sanctions and permit it to
continue settling its accounts through the Central Bank of Iran. But the United
States demands that Japan further reduce its oil import from Iran.
In recent years, Japan has
been forced by the United States to reduce its Iranian oil import by 40 percent.
Now Japan is being asked to cut its oil import by 18 percent more to satisfy U.S.
demands. Then and only then, will the U.S. permit it settle its accounts with
the Central Bank of Iran.
The United States gives
priority to its own interests only. It is extremely arbitrary and despotic. Some
countries, which are opposed to U.S. behavior, have taken measures to
drastically boost their imports of Iranian oil. India, China and Brazil are
greatly interested in doing so. At the same time, Iran has cut all oil exports to
countries that have gone along with U.S. sanctions against Iran, and it is
boosting oil exports to Asian countries.
One will have to wait and see
who suffers greater losses from restricted imports of Iranian oil.
But the imperialist sanctions
are not almighty.
The DPRK has lived under
vicious allied imperialist sanctions for over half a century. They are
sanctions that have been imposed in the most despicable manner. Now the United
States wants to extend the scope of those sanctions as well. But their sanctions
will never frighten the Korean people.
The Korean people are
accelerating the building of a prosperous nation reliant only on their own independent
economy. No force on earth can stand in the way of the Korean people, who
dynamically advance while smashing imperialist sanctions with the might of Songun [self reliance].
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