Fox News on May 14, 2017, reported that the White House said that the rogue regime of North Korea had been a ’flagrant menace for far too long’. The statement was in response to the latest North Korean ballistic missile launch on May 13. Excerpts below:

President Trump “cannot imagine that Russia is pleased with North Korea’s latest test because the missile landed close to Russia soil. The statement pointed out that the missile landed closer to Russia than to Japan.

The White House said the U.S. maintains its “ironclad commitment” to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea, and added that the latest “provocation” should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported the missile traveled about 435 miles.

The launch is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight.

The isolated regime attempted but failed to test-launch ballistic missiles four consecutive times in the past two months but has conducted a variety of missile testing since the beginning of last year at fast pace.

Comment: North Korea is to a great extent a creation of the Soviet empire. Between 1946 and 1984 an estimated US$4.75 billion was provided to the North Korean regime. Almost 46 percent was from the Soviet Union. China aid was about 18 percent, and the rest from East European communist countries. Two thirds of the assistance was in the form of loans. The rest were grants.

Between 1949 and 1990, the Soviet Union helped North Korea build or rehabilitate around 170 large plants in sectors such as power, mining, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, chemicals, construction materials, oil-refining, machinery, textiles, food, transportation, and communications. During the same period, these plants reportedly produced about 60 percent of all electric power, 40 percent of steel and rolled steel, 50 percent of oil products, 10 percent of coke, 13 percent of fertilizers, 19 percent of fabrics, and 40 percent of iron ore. Soviet assistance also was important in the construction of expanded port facilities at Najin.

Korean communists were aided by the Soviets after 1917. Kim Il Song had been in Soviet Russia from 1941. He and his followers were trained and indoctrinated there until they returned to Korea with the Soviet army. The North Korea Communist Party branch was established with Kim as first secretary. Through front organizations the communists in South Korea staged a number of strikes and riots. In June 1950 the regime in Pyongyang with active Soviet military aid launched the Korean War. The communists in South Korea failed to mobilize guerrillas to fight with the North Korean military and its Soviet advisers. The United Nations/American Inchon landing in September 1950 prevented the unification of Korea under communist rule.

After the fall of the Soviet regime in 1991 China has been the main provider of aid to North Korea, which is an ally of China. All efforts of reunification has failed since the end of the Korean War. The present American administration is the first willing to seriously confront the aggressive stance of North Korea. It is important that further sanctions are introduced against Pyongyang. A German style unifaction of the two Koreas is the preferred solution. In the 1990s the cost to South Korea was estimated at more than 400 billion US dollars and is in 2017 much higher. North Korea poses an ever increasing ’existential threat’ to the United States, South Korea and Japan.


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