Washington’s behavior following Trump’s signing of the Singapore Summit Agreement with Kim Jong-un must be described as schizophrenic. The Singapore Summit agreement states:
- “The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
- “The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
The DPRK has already fulfilled point “4.” Of the Singapore Summit, and repatriated POW/MIA remains to the USA. It is fulfilling point “3.”, which requires “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula:
It has ceased testing weapons, and on May 25, 2018 destroyed its major test-site, Punggye-ri.
By contrast, the United States persistence in maintaining punitive and ultimately genocidal sanctions against the DPRK reached the savage extreme on October 17, 2018, when it was announced in The New York Times that
“The Trump administration has barred American aid workers from going to North Korea…Barring aid workers from traveling affects humanitarian programs in North Korea, including efforts to alleviate tuberculosis and provide medical training and farming assistance. ‘People are suffering,’said Robert King, a former American special envoy for human rights in North Korea. ‘Ít’s not the same as limiting luxury goods for the elite or reducing access to military goods. The idea of focusing effort and time on limiting humanitarian services strikes me as being totally counterproductive.’”
“’The potential life-threatening consequences of this policy are far-reaching,’ said Keith Luse, spokesperson for these US humanitarian aid groups.”
Whether a manifestation of dangerous insanity, or vicious bad faith, Washington’s recent prohibition on humanitarian aid to the DPRK is a cynical violation of articles 1 and 2 of the Singapore Summit Agreement committing the US and the DPRK to establish new US-DPRK relations building peace and prosperity, and building a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
Washington’s infamous ban on humanitarian aid to the DPRK will be condemned by history and by every civilized state and organization, and should have been condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General. The ban on humanitarian aid to the DPRK is a sadistic act of war, targeting the most vulnerable civilians of North Korea, and consigning them to slow and agonizing deaths that could have been prevented or mitigated.
And, together with Washington’s refusal to sign a peace treaty, this exacerbation of the sixty-five year US effort to destroy the socialist government of the DPRK, it would be preposterous to expect the DPRK to divulge one iota of its defensive capability. The purpose of this ban on humanitarian aid is one and one only: to demoralize and break the heroic spirit of the most sophisticated and advanced, and possibly the only remaining socialist country on earth. Washington has zero interest in the human rights of the people of the DPRK; if there were a scintilla of truth to Washington’s incessant droning on and on about human rights, this ban could not possibly have been passed under any circumstances.
According to UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, “sanctions are exacerbating humanitarian problems.” Reuters reported:
“The UN had to stop nutrition support for kindergartens in North Korea in November, due to the lack of funding. Its $111 million ‘2018 Needs and Priorities Plan’ is nearly 90 percent under-funded.” “A ban on the shipment of any metal objects, from health diagnostic instrments to spoons to nail clippers, makes it nearly impossible to deliver even basic healthcare to North Korea…Farm machines, greenhouses and ambulances, meanwhile, are sitting idle without spare parts.”
Compellingly stated by an official of a large humanitarian NGO, “For humanitarian organizations the Sanctions are ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts.’
According to Christine Hong, Associate Professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz,
“In point of fact, when you sanction things like fuel…fertilizer..or things that have any sort of dual-use capacity—things like plastic tubes that are used for IV fluid, you’re harming ordinary people. This harm is not an inadvertent side effect of sanctions; it’s the deliberate impact of sanctions meant to destabilize a society..’’ The goal is to get the general population so restive that they rise up against the leadership of the society. That is the sinister logic of sanctions.’”
Truthout.org quotes Hong stating that
“sanctions are not a soft alternative to war, nor are they aimed at bettering the lives of ordinary North Korean people. Rather, she calls sanctions against North Korea ‘an explicit part of US war policy’ dating back to the earliest days of the Korean War.’ “Part of the legacy of the US’s bombing campaign on North Korea are the 420,000 bombs dropped on Pyongyang in what historian and professor Bruce Cumings called a ‘bombing holocaust.’ ‘Historians routinely say 4 million, some even say 5 million North Koreans were killled in that war. Seventy percent are understood to be civilians. That’s not a clean war. It’s a profoundly dirty war. If there is to be normalization of relations between the US and DPRK, sanctions have to go by the wayside.’”
The UN Security Council sanctions are a cancer defiling the reputation of the UN and every member state supporting these genocidal resolutions. The complicity of the UN Security Council is encouraging and enabling the US to indulge its most pathological tendencies and its interest in exterminating a brave and remarkably advanced socialist people in Asia, (and one cannot exclude racism from the US agenda). . .