With the British looking to blow up the Korean Peninsula, Lyndon LaRouche declared that the situation had to be “calmed down” immediately. He emphatically warned that this is a wild region where things can run out of control very rapidly, and that it is a region he knows very well. There can be no threats, verbal or otherwise. There should be talks, with no element of threat. The problem has to be pre-controlled, not after war breaks out.
LaRouche pointed to the Chinese, who are operating rationally, and whose example we should follow. We are in full solidarity with the Chinese on this, and with the great, profound dignity of the Chinese government, LaRouche stated.
For example, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it was necessary to prevent the situation on the Korean Peninsula from going down an irreversible route. Wang was speaking at a joint media briefing with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on April. 13.
Wang said a return to the negotiating table was the only way to avert a crisis. “The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent, and there have been storm clouds gathering. We urge all sides to no longer engage in mutual provocation and threats, whether through words or deeds, and don’t push the situation to the point where it can’t be turned around and gets out of hand,” Mr. Wang said. “No matter who it is, if they let war break out on the peninsula, they must shoulder that historical culpability and pay the corresponding price for this.”
“Military force cannot resolve the issue,” Wang said. “Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss. No one can become a winner,” Wang said. “As long as dialogue takes place, it can be official or unofficial, through one channel or dual channels, bilateral or multilateral. China is willing to give support to all of them,” Wang said.
China has sent their top nuclear negotiators to Pyongyang “to communicate the gravity of the situation to the North,” according to NBC.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives in South Korea on April 16 which will be followed by a trip to Japan. Commenting on the trip a White House foreign policy advisor said, “We’re going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Korea’s efforts to advance its ballistic missile and its nuclear program.”
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol gave a 40-minute interview to Associated Press, which only published selected quotes. AP wrote that Han said his country has determined the Trump administration is “more vicious and more aggressive” than that of his predecessor, Barack Obama. He said that North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in “quality and quantity,” and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that’s what Trump wants.
Asked whether they will carry out a new nuclear test, Han said: “That is something that our headquarters decides. At a time and at a place where the headquarters deems necessary, it will take place.”
Han said Trump’s tweets have also added fuel to the flames. “Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words,” Han said. “It’s not the D.P.R.K. but the U.S. and Trump that makes trouble… Whatever comes from U.S. politicians, if their words are designed to overthrow the D.P.R.K. system and government” North Korea will respond if attacked, he stated.
“We’ve got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a U.S. pre-emptive strike,” he said. “Whatever comes from the U.S., we will cope with it. We are fully prepared to handle it.”
In commenting on Han’s interview, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said China had noted the statements coming out of Pyongyang and was closely following North Korea’s moves. Geng added China urged “all parties” to avoid taking steps that might further inflame “a very sensitive and complex situation. Such actions would be very dangerous and very irresponsible,” he warned.