April 28, 2018 - No. 16
Working Class Unity and Struggle
All Out to Build
Permanent Peace on Korean Peninsula
• Korea Is One! Congratulations!
• Panmunjom Declaration for Peace,
Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
• Transcript of Press
President Moon Jae-in
and Chairman Kim Jong Un
• President's Senior Secretary for Public
Briefs Media on Meeting Between Two
• Canadian Government
Continues Anti-DPRK Actions
• Another Successful National
• Anti-War Movement Holds Vigorous
Against Attacks on Syria
• The Communist Party Will Resolutely Support
Back the New President
- Speech by Raúl Castro Ruz -
International Day of Working Class Unity
All Out to Build the New!
As workers all over the
planet prepare to mark May Day 2018, contingents of the international
working class reflect on their situation and their demands. In Cuba,
the working people will celebrate their people's power and pledge to
take further measures to consolidate their socialist economy. In the
capitalist world workers know from direct experience that the problems
they face at work and generally in their lives and society are
connected with the unresolved problem that political power is in the
hands of alien class interests. To solve those recurring problems the
class must take collective action to sort out the question of Who
Decides? For this to happen, workers must rely on their own
thinking, institutions, unity and strength of numbers, and resolve
to become an independent political force which solves problems
through actions with analysis. They must confront economic and
social problems as a united force increasingly conscious of their
social responsibility to constitute the nation and provide
society with a pro-social aim. This will give them confidence in
their ability to build the New. Whatever happens, they cannot
look for solutions from a ruling elite which serves supranational
private interests. This ruling elite is presently in control of
the political process and their track record is to not permit any
action that favours the working people.
This workers' consciousness of the necessity to unite
rely on themselves to bring about change that favours the people
emerges from the class struggle they wage which becomes congealed
as social class experience. Their direct experience when summed up
gives rise to a new outlook, one that is not based on pragmatism
like that of
the social class outlook of the imperialists who own and control the
basic economy and state. The pragmatic world outlook is opportunist,
self-serving and justifies what cannot be justified. Its motto is that
the end justifies the means and nothing succeeds like success. If they
do not achieve success, then they wreak revenge. The arrangements
they put in place impose their backward imperialist outlook and
thinking on the working people to keep them under control. On the basis
that everyone should fend for themselves, they want the working people
to be self-serving and not concern themselves with the affairs of
the society or polity. They want them to be collectively apolitical and
Driven by their private
self-interest, the outlook of the
ruling elite is to use their positions of power and privilege to
maintain the society divided between those who rule and those who
are ruled. Their political process makes sure no discussion
whatsoever takes place on how the people would like problems
solved in their favour and how they propose to do so. On the contrary,
to fend for themselves "successfully," people are supposed to deal with
the state one on one to access what should belong to them by right.
Meanwhile the state institutions no longer even pretend to deal
with the collectives that represent the working people, just
those that represent the rich. They do not recognize the
objective necessity for change because that would infringe on
their private interests and class privilege. Their class
nature is to manipulate the economy and state for their narrow
private interests. They refuse to democratize the
electoral processes so that the people can participate in
governing themselves directly, and those who call themselves
representatives of the people, but in fact represent alien class
interests, are put in their place.
This year, it has become fashionable for the ruling
to say that the measures it takes to further narrow private
interests and class privilege are synonymous with the national
interest. This is the case even when the measures they take solve
no basic problem and result in damaging recurring economic crises
and unending anti-democratic dictate, violence and war.
Workers know that they can only serve their individual
collective interests and uphold their rights if they unite in
action to defend the rights of all and the broad collective
interests of the polity. This requires mobilizing workers in
their own organizations with their own thinking to bring their
superior numbers into conscious actions to bring about the
political reforms which give rise to their own empowerment. Only
they have an interest to defend their rights and to solve the
problems confronting the working people and economy, thereby
forcing the parasites who are not their peers but rule over them,
to back off.
Local 1005 USW's Thursday Meetings, which have been held on a
continuous basis since 2003,
are a forum for workers to discuss their concerns and develop their
For the rulers to solve
problems facing society would require subordinating their private
interests and class privilege to the socialized nature of the economy
and providing a modern aim for society to make sure the rights of all
are guaranteed. Instead, they use their power to force domination of
private interests and class privilege and obstruct the path forward.
The political power in the hands of the ruling privileged elite no
longer operates through a government of laws. Governments of police
powers, of permanent executive rule under the hoax of permanent states
of exception, have closed down what were hitherto considered the
political system's mechanisms of participation for the working people
to have a say and uphold their rights. The ruling elites are proposing
that the only choice the workers have is to agree with them, give up
the resistance which upholds their rights and, what's more, negate
their own rights, betray their own conscience, and give up.
This makes fighting for the democratic renewal of the
political process the urgent necessity. This May Day -- at a time
the writ for a general election is about to be dropped in Ontario
and working people in all the provinces are facing an
increasingly vicious anti-social offensive enacted by governments
no matter what political party is in power -- the way forward is
for the workers to take up the fight for democratic political
All Out to Build the New!
All Out to Make May First a Success!
All Out for May Day 2018!
Historic Third Inter-Korean Summit Paves
Permanent Peace on Korean Peninsula
Korea Is One! Congratulations!
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the
38th parallel in Panmunjom and its historic results soon became known,
all over the world one could hear a collective sigh of relief and then
expressions of hope and joy: Korea
unification of their
nation and prosperity. They achieved this victory by not permitting
outside meddling and interference. They signalled to the world that the
Armageddon the U.S. imperialists threatened to unleash on the
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea if it did not buckle under to
their demands will fail as Korea is One and will no longer be divided.
This is wonderful news for Koreans and the peoples of the world.
The world witnessed this on April 27 and people everywhere expressed
their admiration and gratitude. The high level of culture
expressed by the two statespersons, President Moon of the Republic of
Korea and Chairman Kim of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and
their organizations, in terms of preparation and actions during the
event, established a calm and optimistic atmosphere that brings honour
to the Korean people and their leaders.
the aspirations of
the Korean nation for unity and peace, everything was done to ensure
the success of the talks. No hint of untoward incidents of any kind or
exaggerated dramatics was allowed, quite different from what the world
routinely sees in the imperialist camp. In full view of the world, the
two statespersons interacted to sort out serious political affairs in a
manner that favours their people, upholds their dignity and deepest
aspirations, and contributes to the cause of humankind for peace on the
Korean Peninsula and elsewhere. The Summit shows that when domination
and wrecking are not the aim, but rather finding solutions which favour
the people, problems can be sorted out and will gain the enthusiastic
support of the people.
decisions announced in the Joint Declaration for Peace,
Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. We wish the Korean
people and their leadership every success in realizing their historic
aspirations. Already, the DMZ, an imposed symbol of war and division
for years has become a symbol of peace, hope and unification. This
achievement convinces us that practical steps will continue to be taken
to achieve the desired results expressed in the Joint Declaration
adopted at Panmunjom.
Korea Is One! Congratulations!
Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and
of the Korean Peninsula
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un and President Moon
by south Korean traditional honour guards to
a plaza near Peace House for the official
welcoming ceremony and inspection of the guards.
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Moon Jae-in, President
of the Republic of Korea, in reflection of the
unanimous aspirations of all the fellow countrymen for peace,
prosperity and reunification, held north-south summit talks at
the House of Peace at Panmunjom on April 27, 2018 at a
significant time when a historic turn is being brought about on
the Korean Peninsula.
The leaders of the north and the south solemnly
the 80 million Koreans and the whole world that there will not be
another war on the Korean Peninsula and a new era of peace has
been ushered in there.
They, with a firm will to put an end to the protracted
division and confrontation, outcome of the Cold War era, as early
as possible, to open a new era of national reconciliation, peace
and prosperity with determination and to improve and develop
inter-Korean relations more positively, declared at the historic
place of Panmunjom as follows:
1. The north and the
south will make an all-round and epochal
improvement and development in their relations so as to reconnect
the severed blood vessel of the nation and bring earlier the
future of co-prosperity and independent reunification.
To improve and develop north-south relations is a
desire of all the fellow countrymen and an urgent demand of the
times that brooks no further delay.
First, the north and the south affirmed the principle
national independence that the destiny of our nation must be
decided by our nation itself, and agreed to bring about a turning
point in the improvement and development of relations by
thoroughly implementing inter-Korean declarations and all
agreements already adopted.
Second, the north and the south agreed to hold
talks and other dialogue and negotiations in all fields at an
early date in order to take proactive measures for putting into
practice the issues agreed at the summit talks.
Third, the north and the south agreed to set up a
joint liaison office permanently stationed by the authorities of
both sides in the Kaesong area so as to keep close contact
between them and ensure smooth nongovernmental exchanges and
Fourth, the north and the south agreed to reenergize
many-sided cooperation, exchanges, visits and contact of all
social strata in order to stoke up the atmosphere of national
reconciliation and unity.
They agreed to boost the atmosphere of reconciliation
cooperation at home by positively promoting joint events of the
nation involving the authorities, parliaments, political parties,
local autonomous and nongovernmental organizations and all other
social strata to mark significant anniversaries common to both
sides, including June 15, and to demonstrate to the whole world
the resourcefulness, talents and united appearance of the nation
abroad by jointly entering international games, including the 2018
Fifth, the north and the south agreed to strive for an
immediate settlement of humanitarian issues caused by national
division and open inter-Korean Red Cross talks in order to
discuss and resolve various issues, including the reunion of
separated families and their relatives.
For the present, they agreed to arrange such a meeting
occasion of the forthcoming August 15 national liberation day.
Sixth, the north and the south agreed to push ahead
projects agreed upon in the October 4, 2007 Declaration so as to ensure
a balanced development of the national economy and achieve
co-prosperity and take practical measures for relinking,
upgrading and exploiting the railway lines and roads on the east
and west coasts in the first stage.
2. The north and the
south will work together to ease the
acute military tension and substantially remove the danger of war
on the Korean Peninsula.
To defuse military tension and remove war danger on the
peninsula is a very important issue related to the destiny of the
nation and a vital issue for ensuring a peaceful and stable life
of our fellow countrymen.
First, the north and the south agreed to completely
discontinue all hostile acts against each other, which are the
source of military tension and conflict, in all spaces of the
ground, sea and air.
They agreed to stop loudspeaker broadcasting, leaflet
scattering and all other hostile acts along the Military
Demarcation Line and remove means of these acts from May 1 for
the present and turn the Demilitarized Zone into a true peace
zone in the future.
Second, the north and the south agreed to take
measures for preventing any accidental military clash and
ensuring safe fishing activities by turning the area along the
"northern limit line" on the West Sea into a peace zone.
Third, the north and the south agreed to take a series
military security measures for revitalizing mutual cooperation,
exchanges, visits and contact.
The north and the south agreed to hold frequent talks
military authorities including ministers of the people's armed
forces and to arrange general-level military talks first in May
so as to immediately discuss and resolve military issues arising
between both sides.
3. The north and the
south will closely work together to
build a permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.
It is a historic task that allows no further delay to
end to the current abnormal armistice and set up a definite peace
mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.
First, the north and the south reaffirmed the
agreement on the non-use of any type of armed force against each
other, and agreed to strictly observe it.
Second, the north and the south agreed to reduce
stages in accordance with the easing of military tension and the
substantial building of mutual military confidence.
Third, the north and the south agreed to push ahead
holding of three-party talks involving the north, the south and
the U.S., or four-party talks embracing the north, the south, China
and the U.S. to declare the termination of war, replace the Armistice
Agreement with a peace pact and establish a permanent
and lasting peace mechanism in this year that marks the 65th
anniversary of the conclusion of the Armistice Agreement.
Fourth, the north and the south affirmed the common
make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free through its complete
The north and the south shared the view that the
measures taken by the north are very important and crucial for
the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and agreed to
fulfil their respective responsibility and role in the
The north and the south agreed to work hard to win
and cooperation from the international community for the
denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The leaders of the north and the south agreed to
have a serious discussion of the matters of national importance
through regular talks and hotline to consolidate confidence, and
make concerted efforts to further expand the trend favourable to
the sustainable development of inter-Korean relations and peace,
prosperity and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
For the present, President Moon Jae-in agreed to visit
Pyongyang in autumn this year.
Panmunjom, April 27, 2018
1. The spellings used for Korean
place names in this article and elsewhere in TML Weekly are those used in the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Republic of Korea
Kim Jong Un
Chairman, State Affairs Commission
People's Republic of Korea
Transcript of Press Conference by
President Moon Jae-in
Chairman Kim Jong Un
Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in applaud following the
announcement of the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration.
The following is a TML
Weekly transcription of the BBC English simultaneous translation
of the joint press conference by President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim
Jong Un following the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration, April 27.
President Moon Jae-in
Fellow south and north Koreans, Chairman Kim and I had
historic meeting and made an important agreement based on your
aspirations. We're not going to have war and we are declaring a
new era of peace.
Over the past decades we've
endured the tragedies of
secession but now we are here together because we overcame all
those hardships. Chairman Kim and I agreed and confirmed that our
goal is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In that
sense it is really significant that north Korea declared that it
would stop nuclear development and it is going to mark a very
South and north Korea are
going to cooperate more
through the truce and peace treaty we are going to end the Cold
War regime and we are going to build a permanent system for
peace. The international order including the Korean Peninsula can
be changed with this important agreement. We believe that on
land, on sea and in the sky, there are going to be no further
provocations and hostility. We are going to put in place measures
to prevent such confrontations. The Demilitarized Zone will
become a true place for peace, and we are going to prevent
accidental military clashes on sea as well, so that both south and
north Korean fishers can focus on their business.
I'd like to thank and pay my respects to the brave and
courageous determination of Chairman Kim who made it all
possible. We are going to work together for future
Chairman Kim and I share firm trust with each other and
are going to have regular meetings and phone calls for
reunification. From now on, we will not return to the past.
Fellow Koreans, along with Chairman Kim, I will work
the unification and [inaudible] and peace. We have just started
this step. Working level staff are going to cooperate closely and
negotiate. All corners of the society and the country are going
to be engaged in the exchanges. We are going to resume the
reunions of the separated families and they will be given the
opportunity to exchange letters. There will be a joint liaison office
south and north, where staff from north and south are going to be
North and south will hopefully begin investigation and
further development of institutions.
Chairman Kim and I have set a milestone for
peace and prosperity that will not waver. Thanks to the
determination of Chairman Kim, we've reached this human decision,
as a gift to people around the world and in Korea. This
announcement is quite exceptional. This is the first time a north
Korean leader has been in front of the world for such an
Once again, I'd like to thank you Chairman Kim for your
determination and courageous act.
Chairman Kim Jong Un
Fellow Koreans at home and abroad, President Moon and I
for the first time at the village of Panmunjom with a huge obligation
to history. For the success of these talks and Summit
meeting, President Moon and all the staff in south Korea worked
really hard and I'd like to thank you. I'd also like to thank all
the south Koreans for their hospitality and for welcoming us so
The north and the south
wasted such a long time to meet
again. We've been waiting for this meeting for a long time. We
are one nation, we cannot be separated and we share the same
blood, and this is what I really feel.
We live close to each other and we must not confront
rather we are brothers and one nation, to live with each other. We
should pave the way for a new future where all the people can
live peacefully. That's why I came here.
President Moon and I took this seriously and we've had
sincere discussions on many issues. The whole nation should be
able to live without [inaudible] and confirmed our determination
for a peaceful future. We also agreed on the measures and plans
to implement all the agreements already made. We are going to
turn around the situation by sticking to the agreements.
For the peace, prosperity and unification of the Korean
Peninsula, we reached an agreement and signed the declaration
reflecting those agreements. The declaration shouldn't repeat the
tragic history of the previous agreements. So we are going to
work closely together for the full and successful implementation
of the declaration.
I sincerely hope that both south and north Koreans can
freely along the path I just took today. We are going to be one
again as we share the same history, same language, same culture
and same blood.
Fellow Koreans at home and abroad, we can make
possible if we work really hard. Based on trust, we should think
about the significance and we can even speed up the development
of relations. We can even achieve reunification.
History can only be made by the hard work of the
The reconciliation, peace and prosperity of the nation, can only
be achieved when we fulfill our duties sincerely. There can be
some stumbling blocks and setbacks. No pain, no gain. And failure
can pave the way for victory or success. Overcoming those
hardships, we are going to happily look back at the hard times in
the past once we achieve the new future. Let us go forward step
by step for this bright future together.
I sincerely hope that this declaration can satisfy all
with high expectations and aspirations for peace and
I'd like to thank all Koreans for your unwavering
expectations for this Summit meeting. I'd also like to thank all you
journalists who've been paying attention to this historic occasion.
President's Senior Secretary for
Briefs Media on
Meeting Between Two Leaders
President Moon Jae-in and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim
Jong Un meet
for the first time.
I will brief you on the undisclosed conversations
President Moon Jae-in and Chairman of the State Affairs
Commission Kim Jong Un, from their historic meeting at the
Military Demarcation Line to their friendly chats thereafter.
First of all, the leaders of south and north Korea met
the first time.
During his historic handshake with Chairman Kim,
Moon asked, "You came to the south, but when can I go over to the
north?" Chairman Kim responded by stepping across the Military
Demarcation Line to the south side and saying, "Why don't we go
over now?" He took President Moon by the hand and crossed north
of the [Military Demarcation Line] with him. That's why Chairman Kim
and President Moon
had a photo taken from the north side today, something that was
not originally planned.
Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in's return after crossing
of the Military Demarcation Line.
While being escorted by the honour guard, President
Moon remarked to Chairman Kim, "Foreign dignitaries like the
traditional honour guard, too." He added, "It's unfortunate you can
only see the simplified version of the traditional honour guard
routine. If you come to Cheong Wa Dae [the Presidential Blue House], we
can show you a far better performance."
Leaders are escorted by traditional Korean honour guard.
Chairman Kim responded, "Is that so? I will visit
Dae whenever you invite me."
Shortly afterward, an honour guard review took place.
After reviewing the honour guard, Chairman Kim shook
with the official delegates from both sides and said, "There are
some officials who came here today and need to return after the
review of the honour guard."
President Moon responded by saying "Then, I hope all
official delegates from the south and the north can stand
together for a commemorative photo before some of them return to
the north." His suggestion led to an unscheduled photo
While viewing the painting titled "Bukhansan Mountain"
Joung-ki at Peace House, Chairman Kim asked President Moon, "What
techniques did the painter use for this work?" and the President
answered that although it was a Western-style painting, it was
executed with oriental techniques.
They exchanged a few words at the reception room at
The President introduced "Hunminjeongeum," a
artwork by Kim Jung-man hanging on the reception room back
President Moon said, "This is a photograph of a
work of a quote from the 'Hunminjeongeum' created by King Sejong."
President Moon also explained the meanings of some of the old
Korean words that were used in the "Hunminjeongeum."
He said the first letter of two of these words were
highlighted in colour and they represented the family names of
himself and of Chairman Kim. Chairman Kim smiled and replied that
the south Korean Government paid attention to details.
President Moon asked Chairman Kim, "How did you get
Chairman Kim answered, "I came here by car via Kaesong early
this morning. You must have departed early in the morning,
President Moon said, "It just took me about an hour
is only 52 km away."
Chairman Kim said with a smile, "I was told that you
be unable to get a good night's sleep, being awakened in the wee
hours of the morning because you had to attend the National
Security Council meetings because of us. You must've gotten into
the habit of rising early in the morning."
President Moon responded to the Chairman's remarks,
"I'll sleep well, free from care, from now on, because you gave
your word when our special envoy went to the north."
Chairman Kim said, "I'll make sure that you can sleep
soundly. While walking down the mere 200 or so metres, I wondered
why it has appeared to be so distant and why it has been so hard.
I originally expected to meet you in Pyongyang, while now I
think it is better for us to meet here. Many people with high
expectations are watching us meet here at the very spot that
symbolizes confrontation. On my way here I saw that those who had
been nervous about any shelling from [the] north Korean army, including
the Yeonpyeong Island residents, north Korean defectors and
displaced people, do have high hopes for our meeting today. I
look forward to making the most of this opportunity so that we
have the chance to heal the wounds between the north and the south. The
demarcation line, which is in fact not high, may
disappear with many people stepping on it and passing over
President Moon said, "On my way here from Cheong Wa
saw so many people who had come out to see me off along the
roadside. As such, people have high hopes for our meeting today.
The residents of Daeseong-dong all came out and had their picture
taken together. We have a lot on our shoulders. I hope our
meeting today at Panmunjom will lead to more meetings in Pyongyang,
Seoul, Jeju and Mt. Paektu."
President Moon pointed to the paintings ... on the wall
of Peace House and explained, "To the left is the
painting of Jangbaek Waterfalls and to the right is the painting
of Seongsan Ilchulbong ("Sunrise at Mt. Seongsan") on Jejudo Island."
Chairman Kim said, "President Moon seems to know more
Mt. Paektu than I," to which President Moon replied, "I have
never been to Mt. Paektu, but there are a lot of people who have
traveled there through China. I would like to visit Mt. Paektu
from the north's side."
The leaders participate in ceremonial planting of pine tree.
Chairman Kim said, "What worries me about President
visiting us is that our transportation system is deficient, and
you might find it uncomfortable. Those who went to the
PyeongChang Olympic Games have said how fast the PyeongChang high
speed train is. Because you are used to this in the south, you
might be disconcerted when visiting the north. We will prepare so
that we can make your stay comfortable.
President Moon said, "When the railways of the north
and south are linked again, everyone will be able to use the high
speed railroad. This is something that is stipulated in the June
15 and October 4 agreements but we have not been able to
implement them in the past decade. We regret that the momentum
has been broken as south-north relations deteriorated. Chairman
Kim has restarted this broken momentum of the past ten years by
his courageous decision today.
In response, Chairman Kim said, "As expectations run
there are also skeptical views. Extensive agreements were
concluded in the past, but we failed to put them into practice
for over a decade. Some people thus cast doubts over the
implementation of any agreement to be reached during today's
meeting. On my short walk, I thought to myself about whether it
really took us 11 years to come this far. Over the past 100 days
or so, however, we have made constant efforts to bring forth the
thing we have failed to achieve over the past 11 years. If we
move forward hand-in-hand with firm determination, the situation
would not take a turn for the worse compared to the present
Chairman Kim continued, "I thought our meeting
would be uncomfortable. However, I now feel at ease thanks to the
President's personal letter and the conversation I had with the south
Korean special envoys. I think mutual trust is
Pointing to 1st Vice Department Director of the Central
Committee of the Workers' Party Kim Yo Jong, who was accompanying
Chairman Kim, President Moon said, "First Vice Department
Director Kim rose to stardom in south Korea." This mention drew [great]
laughter among the official delegates, [at] which the cheeks of
First Vice Department Director Kim flushed.
President Moon continued, "Today, Chairman Kim and I
main characters. Learning a lesson from past failures, we will do
a good job. As past agreements were reached halfway through or
belatedly at the end of the term of an administration, their
implementation failed when there was a change of administration.
About one year has passed since I took office as President. I
hope Chairman Kim will be able to keep up the pace shown in his
New Year's message to today's meeting while I am in office."
Chairman Kim said, "Kim Yo Jong's department coined a
term, 'acceleration like a horse that can gallop 10,000 miles a day,'"
and said, "Let's make it the pace of progress toward the
unification of the two Koreas." The audience laughed and Chairman
of the Inter-Korean Summit Preparation Committee Im Jong-seok
added, "There is a saying that one should not slow down when
walking on thin ice." President Moon said, "Lessons from the past
tell us speed is what matters."
Chairman Kim said, in response, "Let's meet more often
now on. We should be fully determined not to come back to the
starting point again." He went on, "Let's meet people's
expectations to make a better world. I promise we will do well in
President Moon said, "I heard there was an unfortunate
accident in the north. You must have been busy handling it. I was
told that you went to a hospital to meet the victims in person
and prepared a special train for them."
Chairman Kim said, "I came here to put an end to the
of confrontation as well as to work shoulder to shoulder with you
to tackle the obstacles between us. I came too with the confidence
that a brighter future awaits us."
President Moon responded, "It is the two of us who deal
the matters on the Korean Peninsula firsthand, but we should also
work in concert with the world. We should take the initiative in
handling our matters so that surrounding countries can follow
Canadian Government Continues Anti-DPRK Actions
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia
Freeland, issued a statement April 27, the day of the historic
inter-Korean summit, which said "Canada is encouraged by the high-level
dialogue undertaken today between North Korea and South Korea. We
recognize that resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula requires
continued engagement and believe a diplomatic solution on the Korean
Peninsula is essential and possible."
Unfortunately, the Government of Canada did not join the
efforts of the leaders of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to put practical measures
in place to
end Cold War confrontation and bring about a peaceful solution to
outstanding problems. It instead reiterated the anti-DPRK stance the
Anglo-American imperialists have adopted and continued the path of
trying to interfere and meddle in Korean affairs, putting unacceptable
pressure and persisting in the naval blockade. Calling its hostile
action "diplomatic engagement" does not change the fact that a naval
blockade is an act of war and heightens tensions on the Korean
As discussed at the G7
Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Toronto earlier this week, as well as
during my recent bilateral meetings in Japan and South Korea, the
situation on the Korean Peninsula is not just a regional issue, but a
question of international peace and security.
Diplomatic engagement is crucial to resolving
long-standing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. To that end, we also
call on North Korea to demonstrate concrete action toward completely,
verifiably and irreversibly dismantling its weapons of mass destruction
and ballistic missile programs.
Canada hopes that these talks will form a foundation for
meaningful progress toward peace and stability in the region, and a
more positive future for all people on the Korean Peninsula,
particularly North Koreans, who have suffered for too long.
Then, on April 28, the CBC reported that the Canadian
military is joining Britain, the U.S. and Australia in a new
surveillance mission to monitor ship-to-ship transfers allegedly
enforcing UN sanctions. These sanctions are aimed at strangling the
DPRK and its people. Canada and the G7 are out
of tune with the sentiment of the Korean and world's people on this
matter. It is unacceptable that the Canadian government engages in such
demagoguery about diplomatic solutions, peace and international rule of
law and portrays those who want peaceful solutions to problems as
enemies. These problems, such as the division of Korea and the refusal
to sign a permanent peace treaty, were not of the DPRK's own making in
the first place. This stand will receive the condemnation of the
Canadian and Korean people, the peoples of the other belligerent
countries participating in this naval blockade and of all the countries
in the region which are affected by the blockade and the tensions it
The Canadian government is sending about 40 support personnel and a
patrol aircraft, a CP-140 Aurora, to the U.S. military's Kadena
air base on Japan's southern island, Okinawa, a spokesperson
for the Canadian defence department confirmed in a statement on April
28. The aircraft and personnel are from Canadian Forces
Base Comox in BC.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence
Minister Harjit Sajjan issued a statement April 28, that says:
Canada is committed to peace
and security on the Korean
Peninsula and believes that a diplomatic solution to the North
Korea crisis is essential and possible. We welcome recent
statements by North Korea announcing a reported suspension of
nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile
We fully support the United
Nations Security Council (UNSC)
sanctions regime that exerts pressure on North Korea to change
course and abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic
missile programs completely, verifiably and irreversibly.
To that end, the Government
of Canada is today announcing
its participation in an initiative to counter North Korea's
maritime smuggling, in particular its use of ship-to-ship
transfers, in contravention of UNSC resolutions. Canada has
deployed a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) maritime patrol aircraft
in the region to assist in this effort, in addition to assets
being provided by the United States and the United Kingdom.
Canada's participation in
this coordinated effort is a
demonstration of the international solidarity in support of peace
and security on the Korean Peninsula.
Also on April 28, Australia offered up a P-8A
surveillance aircraft to help
monitor north Korea's compliance with sanctions. Australia's Prime
Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, confirmed his
country's role in the patrols:
We do have a P-8A
surveillance aircraft that is going to be working in the region
to monitor compliance with sanctions, and that is part of our
collaboration with our partners in that exercise to enforce those
UN sanctions. ...
What has been occurring is
that sanctions have been evaded
by transferring materials from ship to ship ... to add to the
surveillance of the area enables that to be identified and then,
of course, those who are a party to that to be held responsible
and brought to account.
The move by Australia and Canada to deploy patrol
comes after a British warship arrived in Japan this month to join
efforts to police UN sanctions imposed on the DPRK over its
nuclear and missile programs.
"Japan welcomes these (surveillance) activities from
viewpoint of upholding the maximum pressure on North Korea while
maintaining the solidarity of the international community," the
Japanese government said in a statement, referring to the moves
by Australia, Canada and Britain.
Another Successful National Student Walkout
Washington, DC, April 20, 2018
The National Student Walkout in the United States is a
movement powered and led by students across the country. In a
statement issued prior to the recent National Student Walkout
organized on April 20, the organizers declared their purpose:
"We're protesting congressional, state, and local failures to
take action to prevent gun violence. America is the only country
in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our
leaders do nothing about it. In many states it's more difficult
to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently to some
politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun. We are changing
The April 20 Walkout was another great success.
2,487 locations in all fifty states walked out of their classrooms
at 10 am. "We are walking out for those who lost their lives to
gun violence, to talk about the real problems our country is
facing, and to find solutions to the problems that our leaders
have failed to address," the student statement said.
The solutions the students are putting forward include:
Counsellors Not Cops, Demilitarize the Police, Art Not Artillery, Books not Bullets.
They oppose having teachers as police saying, Arm
Teachers with Resources, Not Guns. They are also emphasizing
that it is their voice that must be heard and that it is through
their organized resistance that change that serves their interests can
achieved. On this basis, local National School Walkout Chapters
are being developed to provide solutions and involve students in
Their statement describes the movement and formulates
The National Student Walkout
is the launch of a
looking youth movement that has a strategy, a plan for action,
and is not going away.
We have a three-part goal:
Hold elected officials
Promote solutions to gun
Demystify and engage students in the political
New York City
Buffalo, New York
South Burlington, Vermont
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
St. Paul's, Minnesota
Des Moines, Iowa
St. Louis, Missouri
Blue Valley, Kansas
Desert Vista, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Anchorage, Alaska; Fairbanks, Alaska
Anti-War Movement Holds Vigorous Demonstrations Against
Attacks on Syria
Anti-war actions took place across the U.S. April
14 and 15, rejecting Trump's illegal bombing of Syria and demanding Hands
Off Syria! End All U.S. Wars Now! Regional actions in
New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles brought people together to
demand U.S. wars end now and that the U.S. close all foreign military
Participants included those demanding that the U.S. get out of the
Philippines and Korea. Everywhere demonstrators demanded Stop Funding
War and Fund Our Rights! Attention was also given to the crimes
violence at home, including police killings and the connection between
government use of force abroad and its use of force and violence at
home. Signs included Demilitarize
the Police and All U.S.
Dozens of actions took place in cities south to north and east to west.
They reflect the growing anti-war stand of the majority and their
rejection of a war government and war economy that provides no security
at home or abroad. In many places the students engaged in walkouts and
organizing against gun violence joined the actions, as did the many
undocumented youth opposing immigrant raids and deportations.
Consciousness is growing, as shown in many of the signs, that security
in more use of force and violence but in defending the rights of all,
abroad and at home.
Buffalo, New York
New York City
Durham, North Carolina
Salt Lake City, Utah
Lake City, Florida
Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas
Los Angeles, California
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