Pyongyang August 21 (KCNA) — The U.S. Defense Secretary, Cohen, said that the U.S. Forces, 100,000 strong, should be kept in Asia for an indefinite period even after reunification of Korea and that the U.S. will remain a power in this resion.
Rodong Sinmun today describes his remarks as an indication of the military policy towards Korea and Asia to be pursued by the U.S. in the 21st century.
The daily says:
The U.S. tries to carry its strategy of power into practice with Asia as the main front. So, it plans to use the U.S. Forces in South Korea and Japan as the main comabt power. Cohen was prompted by the U.S. plan.
The U.S. cries for upkeep of the U.S. Forces, 100,000 strong, deployed in Asia, under the pretext of “deterring regional disputes” and “reacting to emergency on the Korean peninsula,” in particular.
If the U.S. wants to keep the U.S. Forces in Asia, including South Korea and Japan, for “stability” on the Korean peninsula, it should withdraw them when Korea is reunified.
As Cohen said, the U.S. wants the permanent presence of its huge forces in the Korean peninsula even after peace and stability are guaranteed as a result of Korea’s reunification.
This shows that the U.S. seeks to keep its forces in the region for an indefinite period irrespective of any affirmative change in the situation on the Korean peninsula and guarantee military preponderance.
Its theory of “building the U.S. into a power in the Pacific” is based on this attempt of the U.S.
The U.S. crying for an indefinite upkeep of its forces, 100,000 strong, in Asia even after reunification of Korea is indicative of its willingness to pursue the military strategy towards Asia in the 21st century with main emphasis laid on the aggressive policy towards Korea.
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