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US nuclear strike on Pyongyang will raise anger of South Koreans

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A journalist tells Press TV that a possible nuclear attack on North Korea by the US forces will raise anger of South Korean people.

Tensions in Korea continue to mount as the North has decided to shut down the jointly-operated Kaesong manufacturing area. Established in 2004, Kaesong, which houses 123 factories, is the biggest employer in North Korea’s third-largest city. On Wednesday, Pyongyang also banned the South Korean staff from entering the complex. The move has taken many by surprise as it will impact negatively on both economies and ratchet up fears of war. On March 30, North Korea declared that it is in a “state of war” with South Korea, warning that any provocation by Seoul and Washington will trigger an all-out nuclear war.

Press TV has conducted an interview with David Lindorff, an investigative journalist from Philadelphia, to further talk over the issue. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Why has the situation reached this point? And can this be considered as a point of no return?

Lindorff: No, I do not think so. I think that we have two sides that for their own purposes are pushing this and trying to ratchet up the scare factor. But I do not think that either side really wants to have the conflict. It is a lose-lose situation, if there is a war, for the United States and for Korea.

I also think that the US is really hamstrung in this because South Korea definitely does not want a war and that is a factor that the US has to weigh very, very heavily. I mean South Koreans all have relatives in North Korea. The connection between the two countries is actually very strong emotionally and the idea of the US doing some kind of carpet bombing or God forbid a nuclear bomb on North Korea would turn South Korea into an anti-US country almost overnight.

So that is not going to happen. I think it is posturing on the part of the Obama administration to look militant on this and they are pushing, perhaps hoping that some group within the Korean military will do some kind of a push and take power from the current power figures there. The thing is that in Korea you have got a very opaque government situation that is more like medieval absolute rule where all the politics is parlous politics; it is very parochial within a very small group and the interests are not so much the interests of the country as they are the small parochial interests in power plays. That is where things could get out of hand.

Press TV: What political implications would this have if at the end of the day Pyongyang’s anti-US rhetoric appear to be just words?

Lindorff: What is the impact if it is just words? Well, I suppose if it is just words… you know I will tell you, it is a little hard to figure because the people of North Korea have so little access to information. I mean they have radios that cannot be tuned so that they cannot pick up foreign broadcasts; they are really frozen out of any information at all.

So the government does not have to worry too much about being embarrassed by standing down at some point. I suppose that if they are really pushing the idea publicly that they are about to have a war with the US but they are making it out to be the US is promoting this and it certainly is to some extent.

I mean the flying over of those B-2 bombers when they actually dropped dummy bombs in target practice to make it look like these could have been real bombs later. You know, that was really warmongering and pushing the buttons of the North Koreans.

But if they are telling the public in North Korea about that which I do not know what they are telling them, if they are, then it might be harder for them to stand down. It is just that they are implying that it is the US’ fault so I suppose they could also turn around and say the US backed down and the North Korean people would not have any independent way of knowing what the true story is.


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