The majority of people in South Korea are opposed to the presence of US President Donald Trump in their country and his “belligerent” rhetoric against North Korea because it can trigger another war, an American analyst says.
“The masses have come out and they’re denouncing Donald Trump, they’re denouncing his presence in their country because they see him as a belligerent,” said Jacob Musick, the host of Voice of the revolution radio.
“No one, or very few people want another war,” he said.
Trump arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, where he met with President Moon Jae-in and both threatened North Korea with military action and invited it to make a deal with Washington.
Trump said he was prepared to do whatever was necessary “to prevent the North Korean dictator from threatening lives … so needlessly,” Trump said at a press conference held with Moon.
Meanwhile, protesters staged a massive rally in Seoul to denounce the US president’s visit to the country and his approach toward regional issues.
“I think the Korean people, they want their own destiny,” Musick said. “Whether it’s to the North, the DMZ or to the South, they want self-determination, they want Korean rules, and so the Korean elites and the leaders in the South are responding to this by not necessarily echoing everything that President Trump is saying.”
“Now North Korea very understandably has created defense mechanisms that will guarantee it won’t become another Libya, it won’t become another Ba’athist of Iraq. It would extremely hard for the Unites States to take down the government in Pyongyang without mass nuclear annihilation. So they have secured their own independence via this,” he said.
Trump has repeatedly threatened in the past to use military force against the North.
Trump has engaged in an increasingly escalating war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries.
“To North Korea and especially to the North Korean elites of the workers’ party, this is what they think has been keeping them alive, because if they don’t develop weapons that can suitably protect them, they honestly do believe that they will be over-turned by the Unites States,” Musick said.
“Even they (South Korea) are becoming uncomfortable with this war-like rhetoric because we have to remember, if another Korean civil war broke out, the people who would suffer the most would not be Donald Trump, would not be the Korean president; it would not be any of the leadership; it would an everyday Korean person.”