North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State

If it weren’t for the fact that he is absolute dictator of a country with a formidable army and nuclear missile technology, North Korean President Kim Jong Un, the 290 pound, 32 year-old ruler would be a clown figure. Unfortunately for world peace, Kim Jong Un, while he is playing games with his rockets and threats of war, is serving the long-term interests of the USA, especially the military industrial complex, the Pentagon and State Department, whose priority increasingly is to make an Asia Pivot of military power projection to contain and isolate the Peoples’ Republic of China as well as Russia.

north-korea-north-korea-hydrogen-bomb-testIn the end of the 1990’s I had the chance occasion to have a chat with the late James R. Lilley. Lilley was at the Davos World Economic Forum and by chance had sat at my dinner table together with a delegation from the China Peoples’ Liberation Army. As I was the only westerner at the table he struck up a conversation, and as he saw I was more than conversant in global politics, he began talking, perhaps more than he should have with one he did not know.

James R. Lilley was no outsider. A member, together with his close friend, George H.W. Bush, of the infamous Yale University Skull & Bones secret society, Lilley served some three decades at the CIA along with Bush. Both Lilley and Bush were US Ambassadors to China.

Lilley’s term in Beijing coincided with the May-June 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests. I have reason to believe he played the key US role in orchestrating that clash between thousands of protesting students and the Chinese government as one of Washington’s early Color Revolution attempts to destabilize communist China simultaneously with the CIA’s role in destabilizing the Soviet Union.

At the time of Tiananmen protests, the man who developed the handbook for color revolutions, Gene Sharp, of the Albert Einstein Institute, was in Beijing until the Chinese told him to leave, and George Soros’ Chinese NGO, the Fund for the Reform and Opening of China, after Tiananmen, was banned when Chinese security services found that the fund had links to the CIA.

This background is important to better situate who Lilley was – a consummate insider of the George Bush CIA “deep state” networks that try to remake the world to their liking. In our Davos talk, Lilley told me he had been furious at President G.H.W. Bush in the aftermath of Tiananmen for refusing to make a stronger denunciation of the Beijing government, that, for a massacre that he knew never took place.

In the event, in our Davos discussion we touched on events in Asia and the ongoing focus by Washington on North Korea’s nuclear program. Unexpectedly, Lilley made a remarkable statement to me. He said, “Simply put, at the end of the Cold War, if North Korea didn’t exist we would have to create it as an excuse to keep the Seventh Fleet in the region.” Shortly before our Davos discussion North Korea had launched a missile over Japan, causing huge anxieties across Asia.

What is Kim Jong Un?

Who or better said, what is Kim Jong Un? Since the death of his father in 2011 Kim Jong Un has consolidated power as absolute dictator. In December 2011 Kim became Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army. His earlier history has been carefully hidden. It has been verified that he attended school in Europe at Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz near Bern. Accounts say he lived in Switzerland, under a false name, from 1991 until 2000. There he reportedly developed a prodigious taste for French Bordeaux wines, Yves St Laurent cigarettes, Swiss Emmenthaler cheese and luxury Mercedes autos according to Kim Jong-il’s former personal chef, Kenji Fujimoto.

While Kim’s extensive stay in Europe might or might not have been the opportunity for US intelligence to nurture some kind of contact, Kim’s deeds since taking control have been a godsend to the US role in disrupting Chinese as well as Russian relations with both North Korea and with South Korea as well as with Japan.

One of Kim Jong Un’s earliest indications of a major shift in foreign policy away from Beijing came when he ordered the arrest of his uncle for treason in December, 2013. Jang Sung-taek had been vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, second only to that of the Supreme Leader and was “key policy adviser” to the politically inexperienced Kim Jong-un on the death of Kim’s father. More importantly, Jang was well-known as China’s best friend in Pyongyang.

As Washington moved to implement its new Asia Pivot military encirclement policies against China, removal of Beijing’s most influential friend in North Korea would be very convenient, to put it mildly.

Kim Jong Un not only had Jang executed, Jang’s wife, Kim Kyong-hui, the only daughter of former North Korean supreme leader Kim Il-sung, the only sister of former North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-il and the aunt of Kim Jong-un, a General in the army and Politburo member, was reportedly poisoned on orders of Kim, though no confirmation has been possible. What is known is that Kim ordered the systematic execution of all other members of Jang’s family including children and grandchildren of all close relatives. Those reportedly killed in Kim’s purge include Jang’s sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband and ambassador to Cuba, Jon Yong-jin, and Jang’s nephew and ambassador to Malaysia, Jang Yong-chol as well as the nephew’s two sons. At the time of Jang’s removal, the Kim regime announced, “the discovery and purge of the Jang group…made our party and revolutionary ranks purer …”

Clearly, Kim Jong Un was just the kind of dictator Washington’s warhawks could “do business with.”

Kim’s War Threats

The timing and effect of Kim Jong Un’s bizarre threats to wage war against South Korea and other states of the region, including Japan, as well verbal threats to strike cities on the US West Coast since 2013, fit too neatly into the geopolitical agenda of Washington, but not against North Korea. The agenda of Washington was aimed rather against China and the Russian Far East.

In March 2013, North Korea’s Kim, absurdly enough, threatened the United States with a “pre-emptive nuclear attack”, and Kim Jong-un issued a detailed threat to “wipe out” Baengnyeong Island, under United Nations Command and South Korean control since the Korean War and scene of previous naval clashes. Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea has boasted of plans for conducting nuclear strikes on US cities, including Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Military experts suggest the threats were pure macho bravado and that Kim’s nuclear capabilities are bluff at least at this stage. It had the effect of painting Washington as a major enemy of Pyongyang, a useful cover for Washington however and creating the backdrop for Washington to promote its Asian military expansion, in fact aimed at both China and Russia, not Pyongyang.

It’s commonly believed that since the 1950’s Korean War, communist North Korea has been a Beijing puppet regime. It’s true that China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner, and main source of food, arms, and energy. It has also helped sustain Kim Jong-un’s regime, and has historically opposed harsh international sanctions on North Korea. However, the relationship is anything but congenial for Beijing. Their main concern is to keep their North Korea neighbor from exploding in chaos.

While China does maintain certain influence and while China sees North Korea as a buffer between it and the US-allied South Korea, Beijing’s ability to influence the erratic Kim Jong Un seems to be extremely limited, if at all, a significant change from earlier Kim dynasty dictators. The one power to gain from Kim Jong Un’s bellicose actions is the United States as geopolitical hegemon desiring to turn Japan and especially South Korea against China.

In February of this year North Korea announced that it had fired a long-range rocket in violation of a UN Security Council resolution that was voted with approval of both China and Russia. The rocket firing was immediately condemned by Japan, South Korea and the US. Most notably, right after the North Korean rocket firing, the Seoul South Korea government entered serious talks for acquiring Washington’s THAAD missile defense system, arguing it was to counter the threat from the north. China protested loudly.

At the same time Japan increased its THAAD infrastructure installations from the US. Both deployments were aimed not at North Korea, whose missile threat to South Korea is ruled out. They were aimed at goosing up the governments of South Korea and of Shinzo Abe in Japan in their development of anti-China postures. Only months earlier, relations between South Korea and Japan were chilly and China was making peaceful economic overtures to South Korea. The Seoul decision to accept THAAD missiles has chilled those ties.

Russia Also Loses

China is not the only strategic loser in the latest nuclear tests and rocket firing provocations of Kim Jong Un. Russia, which has had largely positive relations with North Korea going back to the Cold War, has undergone a major loss of influence owing to very tough UN Security Council economic sanctions passed in March, 2016 in response to Kim’s latest military provocations. Russia agreed to the UN sanctions, but quite reluctantly, as did China.

Moscow stands to lose major economic deals and influence as a result in North Korea. More importantly, those deals, denominated not in dollars but in rubles, will also be prohibited by the financial sanctions. The Security Council resolution, drafted by the United States, will also scotch plans for a new financial clearing house to facilitate transactions between the Russia and North Korea.

Further, the US-drafted economic sanctions target very precisely Russian-North Korean economic projects. It severely restricts North Korean mineral exports–explicitly of coal, iron and iron ore, gold, titanium, vanadium, and rare earth minerals–which were to be used to pay for the Russian investments and projects that included Russian electric power stations and metallurgic plants. Russia had planned to re-export the North Korean coal and finance Russian rebuilding of a rail link between North Korea’s Rajin port and Russia’s Khasan.

In November, 2013, before Washington launched its Ukraine coup d’ etat, otherwise known as Euromaidan, to split Russia from the European Union, Russia, North Korea and South Korea had signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a visit of Russian President Putin to Seoul. That agreement would also include South Korea in a further restoration of the entire Trans-Korean Railway, a major positive development towards stabilizing relations between the two Koreas.

At this point it clearly is the case that under the erratic 32-year-old Swiss-educated Kim Jong Un, Washington has found the perfect boogie man to scare South Korea and Japan into embracing Washington’s agenda to maximize pressure, military as well as economic, against Russia and against China. James R. Lilley’s Davos remark to me is borne out by the recent militaristic and foreign policy actions of North Korean Supreme Commander, Jim Jong Un. It seems it wasn’t even necessary for the United States to “create North Korea.” Washington only had to cultivate the infantile personality of Kim Jong Un.

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”


21 thoughts on “North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State

    • It is the same as the CIA Vedela, Pinochett model. Fascist dictatorships to shore up again socialist and communist inclined governments. I suggest you google: Timeline Of CIA atrocities.


      • I do not agree with all what happens in North Korea. But we can see that this small country defends itself stubbornly against the permanent menace through the USA and their South-Korean vassals.

        Also in the KVDR the means of production are a national property. In this country there are no capitalists. This country has preserved his sovereignty against all attempts of imperialistic extortion. It has successfully resisted to the interference through the USA. And this is already a great success!


      • Where did you get that “narrative?”Out of the communist play book for brainwashing? North Korea has been set up by the USA as a dictatorship, in case you have not noticed, there a no elections in that country and no self determination of the people, by the people and for the people. The country has been armed to the hilt, not keep keep out your …. the “narrative “again, US imperialist capitalists, but rather BY the US corporate fascist junta who are not capitalists at all, as they set up Videla and Pinochett, so that in the future they can use it as a springboard to attack China. You do know that the same people, the bankers in the USA funded Lenin and Trotsky right? And that “communism”has been used by them to deprive whole nations of private property ownership and the ability to start any kind of business of their own which will in any way complete with their corporate fascist plan for global domination. But I guess that part was left out of your “communist manifesto” of brainwashed propaganda speak.


      • But sometimes seriously: Why do you show here so many problems and crimes of capitalism? What actually do you want to change? How is then your image of the future? O.k. – maybe you have never heard anything about the Marxism Leninism or have read something from Marx. For you all of this is “propaganda”. However, do you have generally an alternative to this capitalistic system? If you state, all the communists are victims of a “brainwashing”. What then are you? Do you have a privilege on the truth?

        You should consider this once, before you denounce other people of the “brainwashing”. Your arrogance is not to be excelled!


      • What you do not understand is it is NOT capitalism ok? It is corporate fascism. In other words not free trade with checks and balances against monopolies. What it is is a small handful of very large corporations who have a monopoly internationally. In banking, in industry, in farming. This is not capitalism. What is is is a 21st century version of the feudal system. Where all the peasants work for little money and a handful of families own and control everything. Communism is not that much different. Everyone is brought down to the lowest possible denominator where there is no room for creativity and individual expression . Marx by the way worked for Rockfeller. The aim was to create a socially engineered environment so that they could gt rid of private property ownership and all private individually owned industries and destroy the middle class. Reducing everyone to the lowest common denominator. Then put their puppets in power. The people would believe that they were working for the common good an accept low standards of living and wages when in reality they were working as slaves. The plan was, and has succeeded in a number of countries, they let the system run for 20 to 30 years, then they bring in freedom and democracy and buy out everything at very cheap prices and the people of those countries literally lose the ground from under their feet. Communism is a propaganda game plan to take away land ownership and resources out of the hands of the people of that country , then let that country totally ground down to bankruptcy, and then walk in and take over everything. But I think you have been too brainwashed to understand this.


    • It is not democratic and it is not a peoples republic. It is a dictatorship. And if you dig deep enough you will find that all their industries belong to US corporations and that their people are being used as slave labour. Same game they played with Stalin.


      • Do you have any evidence for your maintanance? By the way: your remark about Stalin is cheeky and it is only rough anticommunism – it demonstrates only your incompetence in regard of the Soviet history (1917-1953)


      • You are very alone with your opinion. There is no serious historian who says such a trash. But you are in an illustrious society with your opinion: Hitler, Goebbels, Goering and later Khrushchov an Gorbachev too had the same opinion like you.

        Final result: Who affronts Stalin as murderer is either an idiot or a criminal. There is no alternative.

        Stalin was one of the most important personalities of the 20th century. He was one oft the geatest leaders of the world. And the peoples of the Soviet Union admired him – and Stalin is admired all over the world till now. / ~ furrg/

        You should read, before you write such stupidities here.


      • Like I said….. brainwashed. You are as bad as people who still consider Hitler to be some kind of hero. Both are equally as bad.


      • You are silly. But then people who cannot think for themselves and parrot the party line usually are. If you want to remain communist that is your choice, but the rest of the world does not have to. The large majority of whom do not live on a tiny continent called Europe or have a parochial,narrow and basically feudal mindset where they are happy to swop a monarchy for an equally as bad slave system called communist and where they are dictated to as to what they have to think and believe in.


      • You need no brain and surely you have no brain if you only can insult other people. The future needs people who can think and want to change the world, but not only can offend others..I think that’s why you personally (as this “rest of the world”) have no chance…


      • Just because people do not agree with you does not mean that they do not have a brain. What it means is that they are open to many different political and economic systems, and they are not restricted to communist brainwashing that is of the opinion that their system is the solution for everyone. Go look at a map of the world. It does not fit into your narrow perspective of the world and how it should work. And nobody thin Stalin was a hero. He was a murdering thug.


      • Already the nazi-minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, had (like you too) the method, to repeat his lies and terms of abuse constantly. But it makes them not better. Only because you are blockheaded, it doesn’t mean that all the other people have the same problem. Obviously your stupidity has been your common use. And apparently your knowledge and your education has stagnated at the level of Goebbels. Stalin was never a murdering anybody, but he was killed by some people like you are – people without any human responsibility. The counter-revolution 1990/91 and demolition of the socialist world system was the worst fact and the biggest tragedy of the 20th century, because it was the beginning of the worldwide restoration of capitalism and an era of wars. Maybe it was what you wanted?!


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