People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXIII

No. 26

June 28, 2009

UNSC Must Withdraw Sanctions Against DPRK

 

IN a statement issued by its general secretary, Suneet Chopra, from New Delhi on June 16, the All India Indo-Korean Friendship Association has expressed grave concern that the USA has prevailed upon the UN Security Council (UNSC) to impose financial sanctions on the DPRK. One notes that these sanctions were imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the wake of its second underground nuclear test on May 25, after launching a space satellite in early April.

The association has pointed out that the DPRK has every right to walk out of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) legally. Moreover, the shameless way in which the USA kept delaying the supply of heavy water reactors, using it to blackmail the DPRK into a “regime change” even when the DPRK deactivated its Yongbyon plutonium based nuclear reactor. This makes the USA, instead of the DPRK, the real culprit.

It is noteworthy that the DPRK has made every small country proud by showing how a small state with self-respect and confidence in its people can face up to the world’s biggest blackmailer and bring its grievances before the international community. But, by allowing itself to be arm-twisted by the USA, the UNSC has failed in its purpose. The USA not only deserves sanctions for its illegal invasion of Iraq and thousands of human rights violations all over the world, but should also be restrained from creating new tensions in East Asia. None but the USA want these.

The association has demanded the UNSC to withdraw its resolution 1874 in order to continue making the diplomatic efforts without challenging the sovereignty of the parties concerned. (INN)