Recently the Asia punditsphere was abuzz with excited comments on an ABC news report “North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials”
As to the assertion that North Korea is cranking out fissile material at one or two secret processing facilities, so what? Kim Jong un said he’s stop missile and nuclear tests but never said he’d stop processing.
In practical terms, this appears to be an effort to make a Korea deal—and the lifting of sanctions against North Korea—impossible, by establishing the “these guys are liars and can’t be trusted ever!” frame.
This would not be the first time interested parties reached out to sabotage Korean peace negotiations. And it would not even be the second. It’s at least the third.
In a special edition, China Watch explores the sixty year record of U.S. bad faith and sabotage of Korean peace negotiations and presents a special video report on one of the biggest and therefore least admitted blunders in US mismanagement of Asian affairs: the botched campaign against a Macau bank that birthed North Korea’s atomic bomb.
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The Korean War was a desperate and dubious battle in which the US was ready to try anything and everything to overcome its strategic and tactical disadvantages. Biological weapons, nuclear weapons…and Douglas MacArthur’s plans for a strategic breakout via escalation of the Korean conflict to a regional war. Everything was on the table.
Douglas MacArthur made the first US attempt to parlay a Korean crisis into an existential confrontation with the People’s Republic of China. With the US milsec establishment, his ideas are more popular—and dangerous—than ever. My documentary uses first hand testimony and declassified archives to finally reveal the truth behind this long-suppressed event.