North Korea’s Right of Self-Defense
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Throughout its post-WW II history, North Korea never preemptively attacked another country.
Its peaceful foreign policy is in stark contrast to US, Western, apartheid Israeli forever wars on invented enemies.
The right to self-defense is inviolable under international law, including under Article 51 of the UN Charter.
It prohibits one nation from attacking another except in self-defense, stating:
“Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.”
North Korea’s military and weapons development are all about protecting the nation from possible US/Western aggression, including its nuclear and missiles technology.
On Monday, its Yonhap News Agency headlined “N. Korea test-fires new long-range cruise missiles,” saying:
“North Korea has successfully test-fired a new type of long-range cruise missiles over the weekend,” adding:
“The test-firings took place on Saturday and Sunday after two years of research, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).”
“The development of the long-range cruise missile, a strategic weapon of great significance….has been pushed forward according to the scientific and reliable weapon system development process for the past two years.”
“Detailed tests of missile parts, scores of engine ground thrust tests, various flight tests, control and guidance tests, warhead power tests, etc. were conducted with success.”
Voice of Korea (VOK) called the tested missiles nuclear-capable, adding:
They’ll serve as an “effective deterrent ensuring the security of our state more firmly and overpowering powerfully the anti-DPRK military moves of the hostile forces.”
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace senior fellow Ankit Panda said the following about the reported tests:
“A long-range, nuclear-capable cruise missile complicates how its adversaries need to think about positioning radars and investing in cruise missile defense capabilities more generally.”
MIT Professor Vipin Narang said “a nuclear cruise missile makes a lot of sense to evade missile defenses.”
They’re “air-breathing so they can fly low and maneuver.”
VOK reported that tested missiles were fired from a five-canister wheeled transporter erector launcher.
North Korean state media said “(d)ozens of static firing tests” of a “newly-developed turbofan engine” were conducted.
“(D)ifferent flight tests, controlling…guiding…and warhead destructive tests were successfully made.”
Missiles fired “flew 1,500 kilometers for 7,580 seconds along the flight track of oval and figure-eight set in the territory and territorial air of our state before hitting the targets.”
According to International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) military analyst Joseph Dempsey:
Tests conducted are “significant development and direction of intent, but we should be wary of assuming or assigning similar capabilities that we associate with other contemporary land-attack cruise missiles at this stage.”
More information or independent confirmation is needed to know to what extent DPRK technology advanced.
In response to the tests, the Pentagon’s INDOPACOM said the following:
“We are aware of reports of DPRK cruise missile launches.”
“We will continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our allies and partners.”
“This activity highlights DPRK’s continuing focus on developing its military program and the threats that poses to its neighbors (sic) and the international community (sic).”
Nonbelligerent North Korea threatens no one.
US-dominated NATO threatens world peace.
A Final Comment
Last month, North Korean envoy to Russia Sin Hong-chol said the following:
“The US should pull out its aggressive troops and military hardware deployed in South Korea to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
“As long as US forces are based in South Korea, the main reason behind periodical exacerbation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula will never be eliminated.”
“The current situation proves that only real force and not words can ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.”
Stressing the importance of strengthening his country’s military to deter foreign threats,” he added:
“We have already clearly said that we will treat the US on the principle of ‘force for force’ and ‘good for good.’ ”
Hostile US actions include “aggressive military exercises at such an extreme time when international attention is concentrating on Korean Peninsula developments show that they are the instigators who destroy peace and security of the region, while ‘commitment to diplomacy’ and ‘dialogue without preconditions’ that the current US (regime) is ranting about are nothing but hypocrisy.”
Calling US/S. Korea military actions “rehearsal(s)” for war against the North, he slammed their “military madness.”
Pyongyang believes that the Biden regime “will be more openly engaged in hostile actions (ahead) against Asia Pacific states, including Russia” and China.
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