Corbyn’s comments were about Kim Jong-Il’s regime
His concern was about protecting the Communist economic model against market capitalism rather than the country arming itself with nuclear weapons, according to his contribution to an “anti-Imperialist” book in 2003.
As well as making it clear he opposed sanctions, he dismissed the Cold War, denying the Soviet Union was a “threat”.
It reveals that despite opposing Britain having nuclear weapons, he did not think action should be taken against the aggressive North Korean regime for arming itself.
North Korean ballistic missiles on military parade Korean Demilitarized Zone: The world's most dangerous border Tue, May 16, 2017
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The comments were about Kim Jong-Il’s regime, the father of the current ruler Kim Jong-un who has carried on the efforts to turn North Korea into a nuclear power.
The declaration of North Korea as some kind of threat is, in a sense, a pretext for stepping up economic and military pressure on that country
Extract from Anti-Imperialism: A Guide For The Movement
In Anti-Imperialism: A Guide For The Movement, he wrote: “Branding a state as a ‘rogue state’… has been a pretext for undermining the state concerned or for military intervention.
“North Korea has developed the capability to make nuclear weapons.
“Certainly that is wrong, and I would prefer it if every state disarmed completely, including North Korea.
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Corbyn also dismissed the Cold War, denying the Soviet Union was a ‘threat’
“The declaration of North Korea as some kind of threat is, in a sense, a pretext for stepping up economic and military pressure on that country.”
He went on: “I suspect this will be used as a way of helping to weaken, if not destroy, the North Korean economy in order to ultimately force some kind of integration between North and South Korea. Then we may see the spread of free market capitalism into North Korea.”
In the same book he wrote that the Soviet Union was “no real threat” and was resisted by Britain, the US and its allies because throughout history “the West has sought to politically attack socialist systems”.