Friday, June 18, 2010

KCNA Commentary Terms US Arch Criminal of Arms Race

KCNA Commentary Terms US Arch Criminal of Arms Race

Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in a recent report said that the U.S. topped the world list of military expenditure in 2009 despite the worldwide economic crisis.

The U.S. military spending was reported to have showed an increase of 47 billion U.S. dollars, thus holding 54 % of the world's total military expenditure.

The U.S. is also the world's biggest exporter of conventional weapons.

As shown by the above-said fact, the U.S. can never conceal its true colors as an arch criminal that sparked off a global arms race, disturbing peace and stability.

According to a draft budget of the U.S. administration for fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 - Sept. 30, 2011), the military spending for the fiscal registered a big rise over the previous fiscal year.

It envisages huge expenditure for carrying out the U.S. new world military strategy and modernizing new type warships and military hardware including new type fighters, vehicles and next generation subs equipped with ballistic missiles.

The U.S. is stepping up the worldwide establishment of the missile defense system despite strong domestic and foreign protest.

It is steadily boosting its military spending in a bid to frantically step up the moves to develop rapid strike weapons and build missile shields.

It is zealously prodding the south Korean puppet group into pushing the regional situation to an extreme pitch of tension at a time when south Korea's warship sinking case is escalating the tension on the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. stepped-up arms race cannot be viewed apart from this case.

It is contemplating staging the largest-ever combined anti-submarine exercises with the south Korean warmongers in the West Sea of Korea with huge mobile strike force including Aegis destroyers and nuclear submarines involved. This requires huge military spending.

As part of the preparations for this saber-rattling the U.S. is rapidly transferring its armed forces to the areas around the Korean Peninsula from its mainland and the Pacific. 12 F-22A Raptors of the U.S. Air Force were recently reported to have been transferred to the Kadena U.S. air force base in Okinawa from the U.S. mainland.

It is the scenario of the U.S. to stage an adventurous preemptive military operation against the DPRK with huge modern war forces such as nuclear weapons involved.

This is a dangerous nuclear war gambling prompted by the U.S. munitions complexes' unlimited interests in making big profits from a war.

Geo-political benefits from the "Cheonan" case were what the U.S. sought in the Asia-Pacific.

Northeast Asia including the Korean Peninsula is a very sensitive region where big powers contradict one another in their interests. Any slight accident, therefore, may easily spill over into an all-out war including a nuclear war.

The U.S. is regarding this as a good opportunity for keeping the situation on the peninsula relatively tense, maintaining an unchallenged position in the region under that pretext and weathering its catastrophic economic crisis.

As the U.S. is escalating the military tension, while tightening the "alliance" with Japan and south Korea for aggression, countries in the Asia-Pacific are taking military actions to cope with the moves.

Several countries are reacting to the U.S. undisguised arms buildup with strong measures for bolstering up defence capabilities.

It is quite natural for them to channel efforts into beefing up military forces in an effort to narrow down the gap in the balance of forces and cope with the increasing danger of war posed by the U.S.

The world does not want to see the imbalance of forces worsening after the demise of the Cold War.

Peace can never go together with arms buildup.