Pyongyang (GPA) – In keeping with their long tradition of supporting the global fight against imperialism, Pyongyang has condemned Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.
Joining with the entire world, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has released a statement via the state broadcaster KCNA.
Trump’s decision to declare al Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel was described as a “wicked act” by the Foreign Ministry spokesman who issued the statement.
The spokesman also broke out an insult which confused the media in the west earlier this year, saying that the decision on Jerusalem Is to be expected “Considering the fact that the mentally deranged dotard openly called for a total destruction of a sovereign state at the UN, this action is not so surprising.” The spokesman, in this statement, was, of course, referring to earlier this year when Trump threatened war on North Korea at the United Nations General Assembly.
The spokesman also warned that “The US will be held accountable for all consequences from this reckless, wicked act,” which is an important connection to make following a weekend of unrest in response to Trump’s decision. According to the spokesman, this latest insult to the global community by the Trump regime “clearly shows to the whole world [the US] is the destroyer of world peace and security, pariah and rogue in the international community,” rather than the DPRK.
The DPRK’s History of Support for Palestine
Most importantly, the DPRK spokesman also reiterated his nation’s “firm support and solidarity for Palestinians and Arab peoples struggling to win their legitimate right,” which is consistent of a long history of Korean support for Palestine.
Beyond just standing with Palestine, Pyongyang has also threatened Israel in the past. The most recent occurrence was earlier this year, when in April after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Kim Jong Un a “madman.”
Kim fired back at Lieberman over his comments that Kim is ‘rash and malicious’ and warned Israel “to think twice about the implications of its defamation campaign against us.” Kim also called it Israeli hypocrisy on nuclear weapons, addressing the illegal program of the Zionists, saying “Israel is the only illegal possessor of nuclear weapons that enjoys the support of the United States, but Israel is attacking North Korea for possessing nuclear weapons.”
Kim also called Lieberman’s comments a “cynical ploy to escape the world denunciation and curse as disturber of peace in the Middle East, occupier of the Arab territories and culprit of crimes against humanity. He went on to promise that anyone who “dares hurt the dignity of [the DPRK’s] supreme leadership,” would be met with “merciless, thousand-fold punishment.”
The support for Palestine from the DPRK is far from a new occurrence. Pyongyang has spent decades supporting the Palestinian fight against Zionism. As far as the DPRK is concerned, the Palestinians fight against Israeli occupation is a struggle against imperialism in the broader global fight.
Both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il has an extensive history of supporting the Palestinian cause, with Kim Jong Il even adopting a Palestinian girl, Jindallae Safarini, who still raises money for maternity wards in the DPRK. The DPRK also has a long history of doing business with the Palestinian people and supplying Palestinian fighters with weapons and equipment.
While many in the west may still be tempted to aid in the imperialist demonization of Korea, those of us who oppose Zionism and imperialism thank Pyongyang for sticking to their ideological heritage of opposing these forces. While some may not understand why a country currently besieged by the US and under conditions of extreme isolation would care about Palestine, it seems Kim has not forgotten his country’s role as a member of a wider global struggle against western imperialism.
James Carey is an organizer based in Detroit, Michigan, founder of Geopolitics Alert, and an experienced analyst on Middle Eastern affairs with a particular focus on Turkey. He also covers topics ranging from Latin America and Asia to Europe. You can also hear James in his weekly podcast; The Left is Dead which he co-hosts with investigative journalist Jake Anderson.