Danger Of A North Korea Conflict
By Lyndon LaRouche

The British press yesterday was full of scare stories, built around commercial satellite photographs of a rocket launch site in the south of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.), where a satellite launch is scheduled to take place sometime in the middle of April, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung. According to the Guardian and other newspapers, the commercial satellite photos show that fuel has been delivered and already loaded onto the rocket, and a mobile satellite system to closely monitor the launch is also now on site.

The U.S., Japan, South Korea and several European allies are all claiming that the scheduled rocket/satellite launch is a violation of the Feb. 29, 2012 agreement reached between the U.S. and the D.P.R.K., through Chinese mediation. Under that deal, North Korea agreed to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, and halt all missile tests, in return for food aid and other security guarantees. At the time of the announcement, the deal was hailed as a breakthrough. However, the announcement of the planned rocket launch has caused the U.S. to withdraw the planned food aid, and to announce plans for a missile defense shield over the Asia-Pacific region, in partnership with Japan, South Korea, Australia—but not China.

The claim from Washington and allies is that the three-stage rocket that the North Koreans have built to launch the satellite is identical to an ICBM, and that the satellite launch is a pretext for testing its new ICBM capability. Japan and South Korea are prepared to pre-deploy their own missile defense systems for the potential North Korean launch, meaning that things could rapidly escalate out of control in North Asia.

Furthermore, according to a report by Washington Times national security writer Bill Gertz, the U.S. has activated its global missile shield around the expected North Korea launch, which involves "stepped-up electronic monitoring, deployment of missile interceptor ships, and activation of radar networks to areas near the Korean peninsula and western Pacific. Three interceptor ships near Japan and the Philippines, as well as U.S.-based interceptors, are ready to shoot down the North Korean missile if space-, land-, and sea-based sensors determine its flight path is targeted at the United States or U.S. allies, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity... A U.S. official said the military's large, X-band radar that is based on an oil-rig-sized floating platform sailed from Honolulu to waters near Korea on March 26 as part of the activation."

While China is not happy about the scheduled rocket launch, the Chinese have far too many vital interests in North Korea to jeopardize them by joining too aggressively in the pressure campaign to halt the launch, according to one senior U.S. intelligence official who is closely tracking the North Asia crisis.

Lyndon LaRouche today warned that this is a most dangerous situation—given the ideological nature of the North Korean leadership and the insanity of the U.S. President and British agent, Barack Obama. "This is why I keep insisting that Obama must be removed from office by Constitutional means as soon as possible. This is the only reliable way to avoid war," he concluded.



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