This Is the Moment for Change

Forcing a shift in the United States and Europe to this New Silk Road perspective is not a utopian dream. Change is possible. Now is the moment. The Singapore summit is the model--real, not hypothetical--for breaking with the past, and determining the future.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, reviewing the situation today, stressed that we have the biggest potential for change since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A new system is on the march in Asia, Africa and the beginnings in Ibero-America. We have to crack the situation in the Trans-Atlantic. The world urgently needs the new model of national relations.

Zepp-LaRouche stated that in Europe there is growing recognition that the Western neo-liberal system has utterly failed. Look at what is offered as "solutions" to the migrant crisis, e.g., build internment camps in North Africa, says European Council President Donald Tusk. The German government, in particular, remains in crisis over this, as Chancellor Angela Merkel has a two-week deadline to come up with some answers, but she and others of the elites, are unwilling to accept that a change in principle is necessary. This is a moral crisis.

In the U.S. today, the same immoral attitude was on display, when Democrat partisans staged an outburst action in the name of concern for migrants, to disrupt the Congressional hearing, at which testimony was coming out from the Inspector General of the Justice Department, on how the corrupt FBI acted wrongfully against President Donald Trump. See the new statement on this from LaRouchePAC June 19, "Child Abuse Hypocrites! What Evil, Genocidal Twaddle," which, among other concepts, points out that these same Democrats back the drug legalization/narco scourge that is killing people.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche's new policy document, now in circulation in at least eight languages, is a strong push for the needed policy shift, here and now: "History Is Now Being Written in Asia--The EU Summit Must Follow the Example of Singapore!"

Washington and Seoul Cancel August Military Exercise

June 19, 2018 (EIRNS)—The United States and South Korea have cancelled Operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercise, previously scheduled for August, while Washington and Pyongyang continue to discuss denuclearization following President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore June 12, according to an announcement by Dana White at the Pentagon June 18.

South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam told PBS on yesterday that “both Seoul and Washington are on the same page regarding the important issues like the joint military exercises.” He continued, “having said that, the U.S. was also very clear that, as far as the talks with North Korea go in good faith, we can afford not to have the kind of the military exercises we used to have in the past.”

Lim is in the United States this week for meetings, while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in China today for two days of meetings.

Pompeo and Lavrov Discuss Russia-U.S. Relations, Syria and Korean Peninsula

June 19, 2018 (EIRNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo initiated a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov June 18, according to statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry and U.S. State Department. In addition to the topics of Syria and the Koreas, the Ministry statement said, “Lavrov and Pompeo also discussed some aspects of bilateral relations, including the schedule of political contacts between Russia and the United States in the near future.”

Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department spokesman, said of the conversation, “Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the U.S. commitment to the southwest (Syrian) ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President Trump and President Putin one year ago.”

She continued that Pompeo said that “it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area,” reported TASS.

The Russian Foreign Ministry statement said: “The focus [of the talks] was on the Syrian settlement on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, as well as the consolidation of efforts to resolve the problems of the Korean Peninsula.”

Later in the day, asked about the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un at his Detroit Economic Club address, Pompeo reported that he found in both his meetings in Beijing after that summit, and his discussion with Lavrov that morning, that Russia and China “are excited that there’s this opportunity. It’s their backyard, after all,” he pointed out. “To eliminate the proliferation threat, the nuclear threat in North Korea, is something that they have long stated they were desirous for, but there wasn’t a motive force to drive it. So I am sure our interests diverge in certain places there, but the core opportunity to fundamentally reshape how North Korea thinks about itself and its place in the community of nations—both Russia and China are fully on board with our effort.”