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Protesters to U.S.: Attack North Korea

Crowd of around 200 demonstrates at Leonard Square in Flushing

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 10:30 am

An angry crowd of about 200 people gathered Sunday at Leonard Square in Flushing to call for an immediate attack on North Korea by the United States.

“The U.S. has to do something because North Korea is our enemy,” said Ellen Kang, president of the Korean American Defenders of Freedom. When asked to elaborate, Kang said that North Korea is an enemy not only of the U.S. but also of South Korea, Japan and the entire world, and that she thinks President Trump should have U.S. forces attack North Korea to resolve the issue.

The rally was organized by Kang’s group as a protest against both South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

The conservative group, many of whose members say they are strong supporters of President Trump, has held several rallies at the same location over the past year or so to protest what they see as dangerous trends in South Korean politics, that country’s political dynamics with the North and the latter country’s nuclear and military ambitions.

Last winter, the group held several demonstrations against impeachment proceedings that were then in process against then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who had been accused of several crimes, including helping a friend to lean on businesses for donations to foundations that had been created to support her policies. They argued that Park was a strong opponent of North Korea, and that to replace her would leave the country vulnerable. Those proceedings ended with Park’s impeachment; she has since been jailed, and prosecutors are seeking a 30-year sentence.

Athletes from the Democratic People’s Republic went to Pyeongchang, South Korea to participate in the Winter Olympics this year, and Kim Jong-un’s sister came to the tournament.

Many have said that the collaboration between the two countries for the Olympics has resulted in a thawing of diplomatic tensions. Because of the situation, some Korean conservatives are saying that Moon is taking too soft a line on Pyongyang.

The protesters chanted, sang, waved banners and flags and listened to speeches for more than an hour.

The night before the march, it was reported that President Trump told the Gridiron Club that North Korea had sought to open talks with the U.S. and, separately, that South Korea’s Moon had appointed two of his top deputies to travel to North Korea this week.

“Moon is a traitor and a puppet of North Korea,” for engaging with Kim and for sending aid to North Korea, Kang said. She disagrees with the idea of either Trump or Moon dealing with Kim.

Flushing resident David Brancovic, who stopped by to observe the rally, said he doesn’t think a military attack on North Korea is a good idea and doesn’t believe that Trump will, ultimately, take that course of action. Instead, Brancovic believes that engagement with Kim, including providing money to help short up North Korea’s economy, would be a better course of action.

“I think diplomacy is much better. And corrupt him with the money,” Brancovic said.

North Korea has nuclear weapons and has been testing missiles that can travel thousands of miles, even to the U.S. mainland.

Sin-U Nam, an architect by trade who works with Fighters for a Free North Korea and Free North Korea Radio, said that he doesn’t believe talks will work to protect South Korea or the world from North Korea, and that the only answer is for the U.S. to immediately attack the Democratic People’s Republic, even though he doesn’t foresee how such an action would work out, or even if it would succeed at all.

“If we do not attack, South Korea will disappear,” Nam said.

“We have no clear idea what’s going to happen” if a military attack is launched, he added. But he sees no other option.

Nam, who served in the South Korean army for two and a half years but is now a U.S. citizen, said he has spent a lot of time analyzing the situation and believes that Kim Jong-Un must be forcibly removed from power.

“We are not talking about death. We are talking about freedom,” Nam said. He would hope for minimal collateral damage and civilian deaths as the result of an attack on North Korea.

“In order to secure human rights, we have to risk something,” Nam said.

After news broke Tuesday afternoon that South Korea said North Korea has agreed not to use either nuclear or conventional weapons against South Korea, and offered to engage in denuclearization talks with the U.S., Nam expressed disbelief in an email to the Chronicle.

“North Korea will never give up their nuclear weapons, especially Kim Jong-un, the Rocket Boy,” he said. “A snake will wait and bite back. Kim Jong-un is worse than a rattlesnake. We have to kill him now before the South Korean imposter Moon Jae-in offers the southern half of the Korean Peninsula to the rattlesnake.”

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