If North Korea is bluffing, governments need to call its bluff
According to long time spook Steve Pieczenik, all news presented on the main stream media about North Korea’s imminent attack on the South, Japan or U.S. bases in the East are exaggerations. Pieczenik, who for a long time ran CIA operations in the Korean Peninsula, and who lets audiences know about it every single time he can, news networks like CNN, which are known for inflating government propaganda to sell new wars are doing exactly that about Pyongyang’s supposed imminent attack.
News comes today that a new threat has been issued by the government of North Korea where it advises foreigners living in South Korea to seek refuge and evacuate the country in anticipation of the war that will break out in the Korean Peninsula. But according to Pieczenik, all that is behind the North Korean threats are political games from China, who is sponsoring the North’s rhetoric. Pieczenik says that it is in China’s interests to keep the U.S. busy with the Korean threat, He says China’s support of North Korea is what is driving the bold statements from Pyongyang and only China can lower the tone of the messages.
So, if North Korea’s game seeks to blackmail countries so that it can continue to get money from them, or if it is all a bluff, countries in the Asian continent that feel threatened by the messages of imminent attacks from the North, should call its bluff. Only then will the world know what is Kim Jung-un made of.
War is never a good thing, but if China is really behind Pyongyang’s threats — and the Americans know this — U.S. rockets and ships should be pointing at Beijing, not North Korea. Many would see a move like this as an escalation, but in reality would be a force equalizer, or perhaps it should be said, a bluff equalizer. Of course, China will never admit it is behind North Korea, and the U.S. will never point its rockets to Beijing. China is in the middle of a political game, using a proxy state to do its dirty work. Meanwhile, the U.S. can always make good use of a crisis. It would never let it go to waste. For all we know, China and the U.S. may be partners in crime, if one follows the plans established by the U.S. government to make Eastern nations fail, as pointed out by professor Michel Chossudovsky.
Nonetheless, the latest announcement made by the Committee for Peace in Asia Pacific in North Korea, has raised a new point of tension in East Asia. Japan has deployed today in central Tokyo Patriot missiles to shoot down any missile that can be fired from the North that can enter its territory.
“All institutions, enterprises and foreigners, including tourists, must take measures beforehand to shelter and evacuate for their safety (…) Do not want to see foreigners in South Korea fall victims of war,” said the committee, according to the official North Korean propaganda agency KCNA.
Last week, the North also warned foreign governments with embassies in Pyongyang to evacuate because after Wednesday it could not guarantee their safety in case of conflict.
There have been signs that foreign diplomats have left North Korea, but none of the legations in Seoul seems to have advised their citizens to leave the South. United States has said that there are no signs of imminent threats to its citizens.
Rhetoric and reprisals have been in crescendo since the UN imposed sanctions on North Korea after Pyongyang launched a rocket last December, to complete the third nuclear test in its history on February 12.
Pyongyang has suspended the armistice of the Korean War (1950-1953), has threatened to carry out nuclear strikes against the South and the United States, has said that it will reactivate the Yongbyon nuclear facilities and suspended the activity in the Kaesong industrial complex, located in the North, but that is operated jointly with Seoul.
Experts believe that Pyongyang’s warning to foreigners to leave South Korea is intended to maintain the tension of the crisis and try to cause anxiety in the markets and foreign companies.
Pyongyang has shown no signs of having mobilized his army, composed of 1.2 million people, but if it does, they would easily sweep the thousands of soldiers the United States has in the South. The U.S. has already remove soldiers from positions near the North-South border and intends to relocate more troops further away from current locations.
Few believe that the North will dare to make a full-scale attack against the South or the United States, since it would be suicide for the regime, but many in Asia are preparing for that very same thing.
Intelligence reports suggested that North Korea had moved two medium-range missiles off its east coast, and put them on mobile launchers to fire them before next Monday, the anniversary of the birth of Kim-sung-II, the founder of Korea North and grandfather of Kim Jung-un.
But if the threat of nuclear disaster is not considered credible, Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are taking no chances. In recent days, they have deployed radar surveillance aircraft and ships with missile interception systems.
The Japanese government has said that it has installed two Patriot surface to air missile defense system and Tokyo is “on alert”. According to local press reports, similar batteries are being deployed in two other places in the metropolitan area, home to 30 million people.
“The Government is doing its utmost to protect the lives of our people and ensure their safety,” said the prime minister, Shinzo Abe. “As North Korea continues to make provocative comments, Japan, in cooperation with relevant countries, does what it has to do.”
Tokyo’s response to the crisis has been, so far, pretty quiet. The Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, said Monday in a television program that Patriot batteries will be installed permanently in the archipelago of Okinawa because “it’s the most effective place to respond to emergencies.”
Experts believe Pyongyang is unlikely to want to shoot against Japan, and Tokyo has taken the step as a precaution.
The tension on the Korean peninsula has received attention from leaders around the world. Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, without naming any country, that “no one should be allowed to drag the region or the whole world into chaos by self-interest,” while his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, has warned that hostilities could escalate into a cataclysmic nuclear disaster worse than Chernobyl in 1986.
Actually, something worse than Chernobyl has already happened in Japan, at the Fukushima nuclear plant.