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People’s Daily: The U.S. Is Not an Outsider, nor a Magistrate on the North Korean Nuclear Issue

China’s state media People’s Daily published an article commenting on the U.S.’s attitude and position on North Korea’s nuclear test.

The article said, “The United States has created too much trouble with its shortsightedness and recklessness. When it creates an issue, it is difficult to deal with it and the U.S. is increasingly inclined to address itself as an outsider and complain and blame others. America’s approach not only violates international morality; it also adds a huge obstacle to solving the problem.”

The article continued, “A few days ago, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test in spite of the widespread opposition of the international community. This act undermines the nuclear non-proliferation system and threatens regional peace and stability. It requires all of the concerned parties to deal effectively with each other while avoiding further mutual stimulation. However, regarding the relevant news, Washington has ignored the complexity and grimness of the problem, once again throwing out the unfounded ‘Chinese responsibility theory.’

“On the North Korea nuclear issue, what qualifies the United States to be an outsider and what qualifications does it have to shift the responsibility for this aggravated situation to other countries arbitrarily? The history of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is clearly displayed. Is it not the United States that is the origin and crux of the problem? Otherwise, why has North Korea consistently been pursuing a nuclear strike capability directed at the United States?

“The United States has a sufficient understanding of the truth of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. It is hard to imagine that Washington really believes in the ‘Chinese responsibility theory’ that it has presented. There is reason to doubt whether Washington really has the will to push the North Korean nuclear issue in the direction of solution. At the beginning of this year, after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, the U.S. strongly promoted the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea at the expense of the national strategic security interests of others in the region. The United States certainly does not really believe that the deployment of THAAD can solve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula once and for all.

“In recent years, the United States’ ability to provide effective public goods has been declining in many international affairs, but its effort to make trouble has not diminished. The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is just one example.

“In East Asia, since the launch of the “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” strategy, the United States has always regarded the South China Sea issue as an important safeguard for its regional hegemony and its strategic containment of China, blatantly provoking dissension among the countries concerned. At the same time, it also appears as the “guardian of the rules” constantly blaming China.

“Being the manufacturer of the problem but acting as the ‘outsider’ to blame other countries, the United States is not only violating international morals but it is also adding a huge obstacle to solving practical problems. On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, we need to advise Washington that it is very risky to have the mentality of trying one’s luck, having a wait-and-see attitude, or being opportunistic in this protracted problem. It will make the peninsula situation even more tense and make the problem more difficult to solve if it continues any selfish agenda while ignoring the overall situation.”

Source: People’s Daily, September 14, 2016