US Nukes the Problem, Not North Korea’s

US Nukes the Problem, Not North Korea’s
by Stephen Lendman
Throughout its post-WW II history, North Korea attacked no other nation, threatens none now, will respond appropriately to defend its national security like other nations.
America wages endless wars of aggression against one country after another. Its imperial agenda threatens world peace. Its nuclear weapons put humanity’s survival at risk.
If they’re used again, chances are virtually 100% Washington will be the instigator – not Russia, China or North Korea.
America has been at war with Pyongyang since June 1950. Truman’s aggression with South Korean fascists never ended.
An uneasy armistice exists, unprecedented in length. Nothing suggests an end game. Does Washington have another Asian war in mind? 
Provocations force North Korea to protect its national security by all means possible, including having a nuclear deterrent – key giving US neocons pause about launching war.
At the same time, Pyongyang is more valuable as a punching bag, China America’s main regional adversary. 
For its part, North Korea wants normalized relations with America and the West, confrontation avoided at all costs, short of surrendering its sovereignty to US hegemonic interests.
On Wednesday, Pyongyang announced its fourth underground nuclear test, the first  since 2013, claiming it successfully detonated a small thermonuclear hydrogen bomb, potentially hundreds of times more powerful than atomic fission weapons.
Bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had the explosive power of 15 and 20 kilotons of TNT respectively. America’s first 1952 thermonuclear weapon’s test was the equivalent of 10,000 exploding kilotons – doomsday strength if used in enough numbers.
It’s unknown if North Korea’s announcement was true or false. It likely has a nuclear deterrent. How sophisticated and powerful is unclear.
Washington along with its Asian and European allies condemned North Korea’s test, calling it a grave provocation, a threat to international peace and security – ignoring their full responsibility for stoking world tensions, risking possible nuclear war.
Bashing North Korea diverts attention from humanity’s real threat – US-led NATO’s hegemonic agenda, targeting all independent nations for regime change, waging endless wars of aggression, risking nuclear annihilation.
If Washington ended its longstanding hostility toward North Korea, normalized relations and treated it like other nations, a world flashpoint condition would be resolved.
Stoking tensions as part of advancing Washington’s Asian military footprint risks open conflict, possible nuclear war.
Echoes of WW I and II remain, never again a meaningless slogan. Forgetting the lessons of history risk repeating past horrors – today with super-weapons of unimaginable destructive force.
America is the problem, not North Korea. Its endless wars on humanity may consume us all in mushroom-shaped cloud denouement. 
A Final Comment
A meaningless Security Council resolution condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test, expressing “determination to take further significant measures in the event of another” one, according to current SC president Uruguay envoy Elbio Rosselli.
Further action will follow, including new sanctions, having no deterrent effect. The world community should condemn US-led NATO’s war on humanity, the real threat to world peace and its survival.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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