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ILPS JOINS THE KOREAN PEOPLE IN CELEBRATING THEIR VICTORY DAY IN GREAT FATHERLAND LIBERATION WAR AGAINST IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION

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By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
July 27, 2013

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), join the Korean people  in celebrating  the 60th anniversary of the  Victory Day in the Great Fatherland Liberation War against  the US-led  imperialist aggression. The signing  of the Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953  marked the defeat of the US  scheme  to conquer the whole of Korea.  This agreement  ceased hostilities and established the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Since then, the termination of the agreement  has long been overdue.  We support the position of the Korean people and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that the agreement  must  be replaced  by a peace treaty requiring the withdrawal of US military forces and nuclear weapons and paving the way for the peaceful reunification of Korea.

We are deeply pleased with the success of the worldwide signature campaign and the march from Pyongyang to the DMZ  for the reunification of Korea.  We are elated that the memorial stones  of  the  Chairperson of the  International League of Peoples Struggle and the Philippines- Korea Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula are permanently placed in the  wall of the Memorial Tower of the 3 Charters of the National Reunification in a solemn ceremony on Victory Day.

The Armistice Agreement was designed  as a transition measure to “insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved.”  But the US has perpetuated the state of war and its occupation of south Korea and has violated said agreement by  introducing  new weapons, especially nuclear weapons.  It has used military exercises and other provocative shows of force in collaboration with the south Korean puppet regime to create a volatile situation.

The US started the nuclearization of the Korean peninsula when in 1957 it unilaterally abrogated  paragraph 13 (d) of the Armistice Agreement (which prohibited the introduction of atomic weapons among other weapons of mass destruction) and in 1958 proceeded to deploy in South Korea nuclear-armed Honest John missiles and 280 mm atomic cannons and in  1959 the nuclear armed Matador cruise missiles  capable of reaching China and the Soviet Union then.

In military exercises with the south Korean puppet regime, the US has deployed ships and planes armed with nuclear weapons.  Acting in the interest of the Korean people, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has therefore  developed its nuclear and rocket capabilities  for self-defense and peaceful use and has responded strongly to the war provocations and nuclear threats by the US.

A peace treaty is urgently needed to end the continuing state of war in the Korean Peninsula  and to stop decisively the war provocations being made by the US in concert with Japan and the south Korean puppet regime.  The war provocations and nuclear threats are being made  in line with the so-called strategic shift of the US to East Asia and due to the drive of the US military-industrial complex to step up war production and superprofit-taking.

The peoples and countries of East Asia and the whole world condemn the continuing malicious practice of nuclear blackmail by the US against the Korean people and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  Also, they deride the fact that the  US does not provide nuclear umbrella to any country but in fact threatens all countries with nuclear rain. Nevertheless, the US nuclear blackmail has long been countered and rendered impotent by possession of nuclear weapons  by other countries as a matter of self-defense.

It is just for the Korean people and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea  to uphold national independence and  the socialist cause and to  strengthen their national defense and develop nuclear deterrence, while they seek a peace treaty to lay the ground for the immediate denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and for the peaceful reunification of Korea.  An end must come to the perpetuation of the US aggressive military presence and occupation of south Korea. ###

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