North Korea Demand of Compensation for U.S. Atrocities

April 12, 2017

17 and 1/2 years ago, in response to U.S. press reports about the massacre of Korean civilians in 1950 during the Korean war, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made public a joint statement issued by the “Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland” and the “Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.” No agency of the U.S. government has yet responded in a satisfactory way to the American people on this matter much less responded to the Korean people’s demand.

And let us not forget that since the end of open hostilities, the U.S. has still refused to sign a peace treaty with the DPRK and remains in a state of war. Thirty thousand (30,000) U.S. troops occupy south Korea preventing the peaceful reunification of Korea. Through economic and financial sanctions, the U.S. is trying to strangle the DPRK. It continually carries on aerial espionage and regularly engages in “war games” to prepare for invading the country. For decades, the U.S. stockpiled thousands of nuclear warheads in south Korea and today, U.S. nuclear submarines surround the DPRK and dock in south Korean harbors. The U.S. government has branded the DPRK as part of an “axis of evil” and repeatedly called for “regime change.” The Pentagon openly boasts of plans for a nuclear first-strike against the DPRK.

Below we reprint the statement:

Despite the brutal murder by the U.S. troops, which had been kept secret for nearly 50 years and now verified as an irrefutable fact, the U.S. authorities are still scheming to mystify the truth of the case, hush up public opinion, and escape the responsibility for it, by talking about a “lack of evidence” and a “sinister assertion.”

The South Korean rulers are [also trying] to cover up the murder case.

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The moves of the U.S. and the South Korean rulers are an unpardonable attempt to keep the murder case secret forever and calm down the growing anti-American sentiment in South Korea.

The massacre recently disclosed in Rogun-Ri is no more than a part of the atrocities committed by the U.S. in Korea.

Fleeing to the south during the war, the U.S. savagely murdered 1,146 people in Suwon, over 2,060 in Chungju, over 600 in Kongju and Pyongthak respectively, over 2,000 in Buyo and Chongju respectively, 8,644 in Taejon, over 4,000 in Jonju, over 400 in Kunsan and Anyang respectively and over 800 in Thongyong.

A U.S. news report stated on September 15, 1951 that the number of people killed by the U.S. troops in South Korea amounted to one million.

Brutal massacres were committed by the U.S. troops in North Korea, too. They murdered 35,383 innocent people in Sinchon, South Hwanghae Province, or a quarter of the county’s population.

The U.S. should acknowledge the massacre in Rogun-Ri, a stark fact, and compensate for it.

At the same time the U.S. should apologize and unconditionally compensate the Korean people for the thrice-cursed murder, plunder and arson by their troops in South Korea for over 50 years and in the northern half of Korea during the Korean War, and should withdraw from South Korea, taking along their aggressor troops and all lethal weapons.

The South Korean rulers should immediately stop their base flunkeyist and treacherous acts of patronizing the massacre by the U.S. troops and selling out the dignity and interests of the nation.

Our fellow countrymen will make the U.S. aggressors pay for the blood of the Korean nation however long it may take.

The massacres carried out at Rogun-Ri and elsewhere were only part of the unspeakable atrocities committed by U.S. imperialism during its savage war against Korea – a war in which the U.S. carried out wholesale carpet-bombing of Korean cities and civilian population-centers. It was a war waged under an official “scorched-earth” policy with the stated goal of “annihilating North Korea and destroying communism forever.”