The tension and the danger of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula are the direct products of the United States’ Korean policy and Asian strategy.
The aim of the United States with regard to Korea is to maintain its domination over south Korea as its colony by keeping Korea divided for ever through the creation of “two Koreas” and, with south Korea as its stepping-stone, to invade the northern half of Korea, the socialist countries in Asia and, further, the whole of the Asian continent.
In order to achieve their aggressive aims the US imperialists are strengthening their aggressive armed forces, including nuclear weapons, on a large scale in south Korea and making frantic efforts to provoke another war. As you well know, the United States has introduced into the small land of south Korea a vast number of nuclear weapons, a number four times greater than it has in the NATO area in terms of density of nuclear deployment. Not satisfied with this, the United States is going to ship more new types of nuclear and chemical weapons into south Korea in the future and build scores of special nuclear armouries there. The US imperialists are growing more enthusiastic about their manoeuvres to provoke a nuclear war from south Korea.
Because of this, not a day passes without the rumble of gunfire and the air is thick with fumes of gunpowder in south Korea.
So long as the United States’ Korean policy and Asian strategy remain unchanged and so long as US troops are stationed in south Korea, resorting to manoeuvres for aggression, it is
impossible to guarantee lasting peace on the Korean peninsula and settle the question of the reunification of our country. If we are to ease the tension and guarantee peace on the Korean peninsula and settle Korea’s reunification question in a peaceful
way, we must get all the nuclear arms and the US troops withdrawn from south Korea
– Kim Il–sung, Preventing War And Preserving Peace Are The Burning Tasks Of Mankind:
Speech at a Banquet Given in Honour of the Participants in the Pyongyang International Conference for Denuclearization and Peace on the Korean Peninsula, September 6, 1986.