'US public subjected to media fearmongering over N. Korea'
In a Morning Consult/POLITICO survey published Wednesday, 40 percent of registered voters said North Korea was the top threat to the United States, while 30 percent considered Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) to be the biggest threat.
The survey was conducted after Pyongyang tested what it claims was an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4. Investigative journalist Tim Shorrock told RT that the results are due to US media coverage, which reports little on the background of the crisis, the role of the US in it, and possible ways of solving it.
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me, for the last three months, the United States public has been subject to a massive propaganda campaign fed by the US government but promoted by the networks like CNN that war is coming tomorrow to Korea and that North Korea's developments of weapons are aimed right at all our cities and they are ready at any moment to attack us,” Tim Shorrock told RT.
“None of it is true,” Shorriock said.
“None of it includes any history of the US in Korea and it is all based on this idea that somehow the US is an innocent bystander in Korea and it is just subject to this awful treatment by this, what they call, rogue regime,” he continued.
Shorrock added, “there is no background at all explaining to people how we got here, what the role of the US has been in this crisis, what could be done to get out of it. It is all just scaremongering, basically.”
“I guess because North Korea is getting closer to having missiles and weapons that they actually can shoot at the US. And even with what they have now, they could definitely, in a war, do a lot of damage to US bases, not only in [South] Korea but Japan, Okinawa, and possibly even Guam with just their current capabilities but they have been saying for years that they are going to be building these weapons and these missile systems until the US ends its hostile policy,” Shorrock said.
He also noted, “there is always room to negotiate. And despite all the propaganda here, we are starting to get to a point where many American officials as well as former officials, especially former intelligence officials, are beginning to realize that there has got to be some give on the US side to be able to talk and there is a necessity in talking directly to North Korea.”
“The idea that somehow North Korea is more of a danger [than ISIS] comes from this propaganda that North Korea is building weapons in an offensive way and wants to attack the US,” Shorrock said. “For them to attack the US would be absolute suicide. They know it, everyone knows that. And for the US to try to attack North Korea, the US also knows that that would resolve in catastrophic response from North Korea and broil the whole peninsula in a war that nobody wants.”
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