Release from the PCP Press Office

On the developments in the Korean Peninsula

On the developments in the Korean Peninsula

1 - The Portuguese Communist Party expresses its concern over the recent events and the rising tension in the Korean Peninsula which constitute a serious threat to peace in the region and the world. The PCP calls for a restraint by all parties and the immediate resumption of the negotiations based on mutual recognition and respect.

2 - The Korean Peninsula remains divided for more than half a century due to a brutal war, resulting from the US interference and aggression. Tens of thousands of US troops and sophisticated military equipment, including non-conventional, are stationed in South Korea. It is well known that South Korea and the US have a history of provocations against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in the economic, political as well as in the military field. The PCP reaffirms its position that only a political process of dialogue among equals, free from interferences and pressures foreign to the interests of the Korean people, could pave the way for a peaceful reunification of the country and the construction of a unified Korea, free from foreign bases and military forces.

3 - Warning to the dangers resulting from the threats and bellicist rhetoric, the displacement of powerful US military means to the Asia-Pacific region and the holding of clearly hostile and provocative military exercises, the PCP calls on all the involved parties to refrain from carrying out actions of unpredictable consequences to the peoples of the region and to the international security.
The PCP emphasizes that it is in imperialism’s aggressive policy that lies the escalation of tension and destabilization in the region, regardless of the way the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have dealt with the breach of agreements, hostile measures and increasing provocations carried out by the US.
The PCP also draws attention to the fact that the most recent events in the Korean Peninsula cannot be dissociated from the process of militarization of the South Pacific led by the US, with the displacement of vast military means and the strengthening of its presence in the various military bases in the region, in a clear geostrategic relocation aimed at the People’s Republic of China, or from the growing aggressiveness and bellicism shown by the imperialist powers in the different regions of the globe, like the Middle East and Africa.

4 - The PCP draws attention to the fact that the wars of aggression carried out in recent years by the NATO powers against countries that had destroyed their arsenals of non-conventional weapons (like Iraq and Libya) and the development of nuclear arsenals by some countries in violation of the treaty of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (as is the case of Israel, India and Pakistan) are undeniable factors stimulating the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
The PCP reaffirms its position of defence of a world free from nuclear weapons, and reminds that the non-proliferation treaty advocates the simultaneous dismantling of the existing nuclear arsenals of the world.

5 -The PCP regrets the positions of the Portuguese Government, expressed by Minister Paulo Portas during his visit to Japan, of a total and uncritical alignment with the US positions, a position that does not contribute to the necessary defusing of the tension in the Korean Peninsula.

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