I’m interested for the sake of the North Korean people. How is the political situation there?
Is it as bleak as described by the western media? Personally, I do not believe that Trump will be foolish enough to attack North Korea. Not with nuclear weapons anyway. That would be a high risk of an immediate strike back, not necessarily from North Korea. But from her powerful allies.
But the stress and fear the people in North Korea must be going through is just inhuman. How do you assess the situation.
Response by Professor Kiyul Chung
The global media outlets around the world are full of ‘fake news’. This is particularly true about the DPRK, namely North Korea.
The possibility of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula –which could potentially ignite the first global nuclear war– is ‘real’ and should be taken seriously.
However, the sense of fear is paradoxically much more hyped, frightened and seriously felt by the outside world rather than the people inside North Korea.
They are not afraid of war, any kind of war including nuclear war. They don’t want war. They want peace. But they don’t “beg for peace”. Since the development of a deterrent power in 2006, they don’t beg for peace anymore. In fact they’ve never begged for peace, or anything from the imperialists.
Professor Kiyul Chung
As you know very well, the people in the North have been forcibly going through and living with the real and constant threat of nuclear war emanating from Washington’s never-dying ‘imperialist ambition’ for over 60 some years now.
So, as a result, the people in the North and the whole nation are fully prepared to deal with these constant threats which could potentially lead to the outbreak of a real nuclear war.
The diabolical imperialist nuclear war games carried out incessantly for over 60 some years have pushed them to build their own nukes. That is the underlying causality.
Washington’s nonstop nuclear war threats have forced them to prepare not only to fight back with their own nuclear deterrent power but also to “blow their enemies torn apart,” as they claim.
I believe they are the only and the most prepared nation in the world to readily deal with, I mean both to defend themselves from and defeat Washington’s psychopathic policies and craziness underlying the preemptive first strike nuclear war doctrine, which is directed against a large number of countries.
The DPRK dares to stand on its own feet, refuses to cave in as a subordinate nation; instead Pyongyang fearlessly challenges Washington’s hegemonic, demonic and imperialist ambitions around the world.
That’s why Washington has never been able to enforce their imperialist will against the DPRK, from the very outset when the Korean nation was criminally divided into North and South.
The Korean nation is probably one of the most homogeneous (culturally, ethnically, linguistically, traditionally, etc.) nations in the world. The US sought to divide it into two antagonistic entities in September, 1945.
So, even if the possibility of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula is real, the people in the DPRK are amazingly calm and steady. Instead they are busy as usual with their daily life and work, laughing with their daily chores, while they are as always ‘100% ready’ to deal with any type of outside war threats, either nuclear or conventional.
This danger has been ‘real’ for the last 60 some years ever since Washington initiated its nuclear threat against the North in November 1950 (in the early phase of the Washington’s criminal imperialist war against the Korea nation).
Still hundreds of foreign visitors and tourists from all over the world, however, lately mainly from European countries travel throughout the DPRK.
Out of DPRK’s 25 million population, often the outside world says, there is a “one million military force” in the DPRK. That’s true. However, they know only one thing, one aspect of the DPRK’s military forces. Not the whole picture of the military in the North.
The DPRK medias are all the time saying the “10 million military and the people”[it sounds ‘chon-man(천만: literally meaning, ’10 million’)-gun-min'(군민: literally meaning, ‘military and the people’)].
In addition to their ‘one million’ [both men and women] ‘regular military force,’ they have also another about “9 million paramilitary forces”, i.e., the millions of workers, farmers and students (aged from 16 and above, before they join the regular military force legally at 17).
The military force made out of those millions of workers and farmers is called “Workers and Farmers Red Army Guard”[로농적위대: it sounds like “Ro(workers)-Nong(farmers)-Jeok(red)-Wi-Dae(military guard)”].
Normally they work. They, like anybody else around the world, produce goods, harvest, sow seeds, feed their children, nurture their family and build their nation economically stronger for the future.
But, in abnormal circumstances/situations such as the breakout of a full fledged war, they will take hold of their weapons and join their brothers and sisters in the regular military force to fight back and together defend their nation from foreign invasions.
Those grown students at 16 and beyond do the same thing as their parents do in their duties and services to together defend the nation against US imperialism.
Both boys and girls when they become 16 begin to learn how to use some basic weapons to defend their own schools, work places and villages (i.e., factories, farms, hospitals, etc.).
At 16, a year before they are legally allowed to join the military (BTW, DPRK runs the ‘volunteer military service’) at 17, boys and girls join the Youth Military Force, called, the “Red Youth Guard”[붉은청년근위대: It sounds like “bul-geun(red)-cheng-nyon(youth)-gun-wi-dae(guard)].
It’s a One Year term basic military experience.
Many, after their one year experience with the RYG organization in school, join the regular [voluntary] military service usually 10 years for men, 7 years for women.
Again in the North, the military service is run by the volunteer system, not the mandatory one like in the South.
In the North, many, who are willing, ready and qualified after or in the middle of their military services, go to university-level studies usually in their mid or late 20s. Unlike most other countries in the world, there are no tuition fees in the DPRK even for their university/college-level studies.
They instead are granted with monthly stipends or scholarships throughout their university years. While they study, they’d therefore pay attention onto their studies only instead worrying about their daily breads. FYI, basic books, university official uniforms, study materials, etc. are free, too. All their medical services, except plastic surgery, some dental and chiropractic (physical therapy) services, are free as well. Of course, housing is also free.
Not only the people are prepared to defend their own territorial sovereignty in land, sea and sky from any outside foreign military invasions, but also the whole nation which is geologically full of mountains, mountain ranges and deep valleys (80 % of the entire land), is known fully capable to wage any kinds of war, including the nuclear war while they protect their people from any sort of harm’s way.
Not only their both tactical and strategic nuclear war capabilities but also their conventional war power have been purposefully, systematically and endlessly disputed or disqualified and/or neglected by both US/Western and SK/Japanese medias as “either not ready, incapable, poor, outdated, old, or dysfunctional,” etc.
However, mostly if not all, it’s propaganda. Full of ‘fake news’ about the DPRK in general, its military in particular.
If the Washington’s arguments/claims were true, then already several decades ago, the international imperialist forces would have invaded many times and completely destroyed the entire Korean peninsula once again as they did in the early 1950s.
However, the historical fact, after the Armistice Agreement was signed in July 1953, is that the US militarily hasn’t been able to do anything for 64 years, which in a sense confirms Washington’s own military ineptitude as well as its baseless claims about the DPRK’s failed military capabilities.
What they’ve been doing all along instead ever since the war temporarily ended in 1953 is nothing more than waging those types of dirty anti-DPRK demonization campaigns for 60 some years now.
Their only remaining weapon available in their repeatedly failed imperialist war against the DPRK for over 70 years is ‘psychological warfare’ which is in large part solely relies on Washington’s (as well as Tokyo/Seoul) hypocritical “North Korea” demonization campaigns as well as their persistent military threats.
What this means is that the DPRK’s military (both nuclear and conventional) capabilities are strong enough to deter Washington’s imperial ambitions, solely with a view to defending the DPRK against foreign aggression.