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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

KCNA Warns against U.S. Move to Establish MD

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK

    Pyongyang, March 30 (KCNA) -- The U.S. Navy will deploy a destroyer equipped with the Aegis combat system in the East Sea of Korea in September to serve as a long-range surveillance and tracking platform as part of efforts to "cope with the possible attack from countries such as north Korea," according to Kyodo News The Secretary of the U.S. Navy said on Mar. 22 that the measure was taken according to the order of Bush to accelerate the fielding of a BMD (ballistic missile defense) initial defensive operation capability and the Japanese chief executive welcomed it the next day. An official in charge of inspection and assessment of operations of the U.S. Department of Defense at a U.S. Senate hearing on Mar.11 had said that the present MD in the U.S. was insufficient for protecting it from the ballistic missile attack of north Korea. At the hearing the director for Missile Defense of the Department "praised" Japan for its decision to introduce the MD developed by the U.S. in the fiscal 2004.
    The main purpose of the U.S. move to establish the MD is to neutralize other powers' military potentials including nuclear deterrent and establish an unchallenged position as the only superpower.
    For this strategic purpose the U.S. unilaterally pulled out of the ABM treaty defying the concern, denunciation and rebuff of the international community.
    The U.S. administration has since sped up the establishment of the MD in real earnest. It is contemplating spending 9 billion U.S. dollars for the MD out of the budget for this year and 10.3 billion U.S. dollars next year.
    The U.S. is instigating Japan, Australia and other countries to simultaneously push ahead with the establishment of the MD in the Asia-Pacific region. This also requires a colossal amount of fund. The official of the U.S. Department of Defense praised Japan at the hearing as regards the introduction of the MD in the hope of attaining its aim with ease by use of funds and technology from other countries.
    While pushing ahead with the MD which requires an additional huge budget as well as military spending by other countries, the U.S. is still asserting that it is aimed to cope with the "missile threat" from north Korea. This is a clumsy behavior unsuitable for the superpower.
    An unbroken chain of recent ballistic missile tests in different countries is by no means unrelated to the U.S. moves to establish the MD.
    If the U.S. goes ahead with the MD in disregard of the warning of the international community, the world can never escape from the danger of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and escalated nuclear arms race.
    A lot of U.S. missile bases in and around south Korea and Japan are posing a constant threat to the DPRK.
    The DPRK does not care about whether the U.S. establishes the MD or not. But it is a right to self-defence for the DPRK to counter it as long as the U.S. is persistently pulling up it.
    After declaring the doctrine of "preemptive attack" the U.S. is working hard to plug Japan into the establishment of the MD aimed at a military attack on the DPRK. It can never remain an onlooker to this move.

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