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Excerpts from Editorial, April 7 2003
On 28 March, the US Defence Department acknowledged that the United States has used depleted uranium rounds in the war on Iraq. When we talk about depleted uranium rounds, we mean something that is harmful to the human body as well as severely damaging to the natural environment and is called, "weapons of disaster" or "dirty bombs" . The United States used approximately one million depleted uranium rounds in the Persian Gulf War of 1991, and NATO forces under US leadership also used over 30,000 rounds of them in the Balkan war in 1999. Many people who were harmed as a consequence of the use of depleted uranium rounds then are suffering pain or dying from cancer and other diseases even today. If the war on Iraq becomes protracted in the days ahead, the United States could lose its discretion and employ even more depleted uranium rounds than in previous times, and it is plain as day that the damage from this will become even greater.
With the United States using depleted uranium rounds in the Iraq war, their true hypocritical nature has become all the more apparent in their loud clamouring towards others about a "weapons of mass destruction WMD threat".
In a statement announced by US President Bush regarding the war in Iraq, he slyly cajoled everyone with words such as, "We cannot trust the lawless with WMD," and, "We hope to reduce casualties among innocent civilians." The United States pretends that this war takes on the international duty of removing the WMD threat, but in reality, they are indiscriminately using WMD in Iraq themselves.
Some time ago, the Iraqi Ministry of Health stated that 350 people died and 4,000 were injured in one week of war. Civilian casualties continue to climb.
In spite of this, the United States is also using other WMD extensively in Iraq, not just depleted uranium rounds. In this war on Iraq, the United States has used the MOAB bomb, a large bomb which weighs almost 10 tonnes. While the MOAB bomb is a conventional bomb, it is a WMD equal to the power of a small nuclear bomb. Dropped from a "C-130" cargo plane, the MOAB bomb explodes three meters above the ground with enough destructive power to scorch the earth for a radius of 500 metres and suck up all the oxygen in the surrounding area. Besides this, the United States is also using several other weapons of slaughter, including napalm bombs and cluster bombs that lay waste to a radius of 30 meters in a wash of hot flames at 3,000 degrees Centigrade, electronic bombs that briefly generate electromagnetic waves of two billion watts, and special penetration bombs.
It is proper that the international community protests and denounces this brigandish behaviour of the United States, which is silent about the WMD it possesses or uses, but rails noisily at other nations about "the WMD threat" and does not hesitate to make war against sovereign nations. One official in the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed that the document which the United States claims is proof of Iraq's "nuclear development" is "an astonishingly crude fabrication which anyone could tell was a fake if they worked on verifying it in just a few hours over the Internet".
In a news briefing on 30 March, the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff even acknowledged that they had not yet discovered WMD in Iraq.
The United Stated expects a prolongation of the war on Iraq and it intends to use even nuclear weapons, as a final measure. In a news briefing on 25 March, a White House spokesman took an impudent attitude to the query of a reporter who asked if nuclear weapons to be used in attacking Iraq had been mobilized to Kuwait, answering, "According to convention, I could not say anything about such matters even if I knew."
Today, the United States is blatantly exposing its true nature as a vicious WMD criminal and trying to compel its values on other nations by force, but the more it does this, the deeper it slips into the pit of annihilation. Some day, the world will thoroughly take account of the United States' WMD crimes.
Source: Nodong Sinmun, Pyongyang, in Korean 7 Apr 03 p 6
Excerpts from Editorial, April 3 2003
The Risks of Earthquakes resulting from Iraq war
The US war on Iraq will mercilessly sweep away everything, including all the creations of man and nature.
The enlargement of the danger in the US war on Iraq, in which the wicked weapons of mass destruction will come to be used, is bringing uncertainty and terror to people.
Going by the data, when the United States attacks Iraq it plans to employ the "BC-2" bomb, which contains 40 small missiles and can totally destroy targets within a range of 120 sq. metres; the "Microwise" bomb, a new-generation weapon that emits magnetic waves; the "G48S", which destroys key underground facilities; and small nuclear bombs.
The war which the United States will start against Iraq can, of course, be localized to this region.
Then, it would seem that there would be no particular physical damage to other regions and nations. However, research data obtained lately through the joint efforts of scientists at the Russian Academy of Science and experts in the Ministry of Defence contradict this. Their opinion is that a chain-reaction, large-scale geophysical disturbance will be started if US military action begins in the Persian Gulf region. What is meant by a geophysical disturbance is that the powerful effect of those large bombs on the earth's crust will cause the occurrence of earthquakes not only in that region, but other regions as well.
When the bombing started on the 28th day of the US-led NATO strikes on Serbia and Zernagora (formerly Yugoslavia) at the end of the last century, a 5.5 bar earthquake occurred in Belgrade. A few days before this, an earthquake occurred also in the former Ceskoslovensko, in Romania, and in the Ukraine's Kurim.
The cause of the earthquake was said to be the result of dropping bombs of about 500 kilotons in the region.
It is said that the earthquake effect by bombing can be linked not only with direct action on an earthquake epicentre that is ready to erupt, but also with indirect action through other processes. As an example, if combustible materials are discharged into the atmosphere when crude oil storage facilities burn, the vortex phenomenon grows stronger, and it is said that earthquakes can even arise from this.
An even more ominous thing is that it may be difficult to predict whether an earthquake will happen in one month, one year, or ten years after the bombing because the earth's crust "absorbs" all the blows like a sponge and then "releases" them.
Looking at it like this, it is clear that if the United States attacks Iraq, then it will bring the additional danger of impending earthquakes not just to Iraq, but to several other regions as well.
It seems, however, that the United States takes no regard of this at all.
The United States needs to take a look at history and see what fate becomes those who cause people misfortune, pain, and disaster.
Should the damage and aftermath from its war on Iraq spread to other regions of the world, the United States will have to take the responsibility for this as well.
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