The announcement of the government of the Korean Peoples Democratic Republic that it had successfully conducted a miniaturized test for a Hydrogen bomb has been followed by hysterical propaganda by the Anglo American imperialists accusing North Korea of being the source of the threat of war in the Korean peninsula. As in the past, the Indian monopoly media has repeated without questioning, the disinformation spread by the Anglo American imperialists about what is going on in the Korean peninsula.
Today, the Korean peninsula is the most heavily militarized region of the world. Nearly 28,000 US soldiers are stationed in South Korea. Many more US troops are stationed in Japan, as well as in the seas surrounding the Korean Peninsula. The US has deployed nuclear weapons in South Korea, and carries out annual military exercises with South Korea and Japan over land, sea and air, threatening North Korea with annihilation. The US has refused to sign a peace treaty with North Korea, even after so many decades have elapsed since the end of the Korean war. All facts show that the US, which organized the partition of Korea and the occupation of South Korea after threatening to annihilate Korea with nuclear weapons, continues to use nuclear blackmail against North Korea with the aim of carrying out regime change in that country. The US is also aggressively pursuing its Pivot to Asia policy to establish its domination over Asia. It is in this background, that the testing of the Hydrogen bomb by North Korea must be seen.
Production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons are a grave concern for humanity. However, peoples must not accept the imperialist logic that justifies that some countries can stockpile nuclear weapons and threaten other countries with destruction, while others are not allowed to produce nuclear weapons to defend themselves.
According to recent estimates, the US has over 7,200 nuclear weapons. It can destroy the world many times over with its nuclear and conventional weapons. Seventy years ago, the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki even as Japan was ready to surrender. This was a message to the peoples of the world that henceforth, the US would take over the role of Nazi Germany and militarist Japan in world affairs. It would not respect the principle that all countries are sovereign and equal and that force or the threat of force cannot be used to sort out problems between nations and peoples. Following the Second World War, the US made elaborate plans to unleash a barrage of nuclear bombs against strategic as well as civilian targets all over the Soviet Union, China, Korea, Vietnam and Eastern Europe in order to destroy socialism and crush the anti fascist anti imperialist liberation struggles of the peoples. (See box)
The struggle for nuclear disarmament demands that people direct their fire at Anglo American imperialism which has systematically used nuclear blackmail against the revolution and socialism, and against the freedom and independence of peoples,
US prepared to annihilate humanity
The U.S. National Security Archive recently released a declassified report on the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959, produced in June 1956.
The report reveals that the U.S. imperialists were and still are willing to annihilate humanity in the name of containing communism and establishing global hegemony.
These declassified documents are a sobering reminder that it is the U.S. which is the main culprit for nuclear proliferation and the major threat to peace and humanity in the world today.
The SAC document includes lists of more than 1100 airfields in the Soviet bloc, with a priority number assigned to each base.
The SAC planned for the "systematic destruction" of Soviet bloc urban-industrial targets that specifically and explicitly targeted 'population' in all cities, including Beijing, Moscow, Leningrad, East Berlin, and Warsaw. SAC listed over 1200 cities to be nuclear bombed, from East Germany to China, also with priorities established. Moscow and Leningrad were priority one and two respectively. Moscow included 179 Designated Ground Zeros (DGZs) while Leningrad had 145, including "population" targets.
SAC laid out the numbers and types of nuclear weapons required to destroy each DGZ. The nuclear weapons information is completely deleted from the report. This was a period when the nuclear weapons stockpile was reaching large numbers, from over 2400 in calendar 1955 to over 12,000 in calendar 1959 and reaching 22,229 in 1961.
Moscow, the number one urban target, had around 180 installations slated for destruction; some were in the air power category, but many involved a variety of industrial activities, including factories producing machine tools, cutting tools, oil extraction equipment, and a most vital medicine: penicillin.
What is particularly striking in the SAC study is the role of population targeting. Moscow and its suburbs, like the Leningrad area, included distinct "population" targets. So did all the other cities recorded in the two sets of target lists. In other words, people as such, not specific industrial activities, were to be destroyed.