The UK Korean Friendship Association and Juche Idea Study Group of England successfully picketed the south Korean puppet embassy on the 26th of March between 4pm and 6pm. This was to protest against Foal Eagle and Key Resolve and the "human rights " resolutionThe picket was attended by members of the UK KFA, JISGE , ASSPUK plus the New Communist Party including general secretary and Central Committee members and also young Spanish KFA members living in London.
The UK KFA chairman and President of the ASSPUK made an opening speech;
The US imperialists and their south Korean puppets began the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve military exercises which are aimed at invading and occupying the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the homeland of Juche and bastion of true socialism and independence.
These exercises will last for over 6 weeks and are massive in scale . . The exercises involve over 11,000 US imperialist aggression troops and over 200,000 south Korean puppets as well as a special coastal combat ship which has been designed to operate in Korean coastal waters.
From the start of the year the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) made sincere, patient and painstaking efforts for peace , even offering to suspend holding nuclear tests if the US and south Korea did not hold "Foal Eagle " and "Key Resolve " but these efforts of the DPRK to defuse tension were casually brushed aside by the US and the US imperialists have steamed ahead with holding the exercises . The US imperialists are hell bent on provoking war so that the giant capitalist arms monopolies can make big profits .
The exercises are not "defensive " as claimed The exercises include landing craft which are a means to wage offensive and invasive warfare. It is a nonsensical sophistry to assert that as they are "routine " so do pose a threat. The analogy can be used of a fire drill in an office building or factory , these are not held for the sake of "routine" but as a practice for the real thing . It is the same with "Foal Eagle " and "Key Resolve. These exercises aim at invading the DPRK and occupying it . They are aimed at destroying the socialist system of the DPRK . They are a grave challenge to the independence and sovereignty of the DPRK . Also Foal Eagle and Key Resolve are a serious threat to peace in the Asia Pacific region .
We call for the immediate cancellation of Foal Eagle and Key Resolve and the unconditional withdrawal of US troops from Korea
He also pointed out that the aggressive exercises are being held to coincide with the "human rights " offensive against the DPRK as another UN resolution against the DPRK is being tabled , the biggest violators of human rights are the US and south Korea.
The statement of the DPRK Foreign Ministry and also the AINDF statement Stop war drills against the DPRK at once!were also read out.
The picketers chanted " No to War Exercises , Defend the DPRK ", "Korea is One ", "Yankee Go Home " " Down with the south Korean puppet regime ",
"Victory to the AINDF " , "Long Live the Workers' Party of Korea " and "Long Live the Korean People's Army ".
Many leaflets condemning "Foal Eagle " and "Key Resolve " were handed out and discussions with passers by were held. One passer by said the 'Americans cause nothing but trouble and are destroying the world'.
The UK KFA banner and a DPRK flag were displayed