Contact: Roland Watson, roland@dictatorwatch.org


January 7, 2007

Please post this announcement widely.We have three new statements:

- Analysis of Burma’s Nuclear Program

- Prospects for United Nations Security Council Action on Burma

- The People of Burma

The first is a follow-up to our November statement that described the connection between Burma and North Korea. It contains confirmation of the link between the two countries, that Burma is bartering refined uranium to North Korea; extensive additional information on Burma’s nuclear and missile programs; and also intelligence on the SPDC’s intentions regarding Thailand.

This article is based on many confidential sources. It is part of our new initiative to collect, analyze and then publicize intelligence about Burma’s nuclear and missile programs. Please contact us if you have information on these subjects. Than Shwe and his fellow generals are a serious threat to international security and peace. We intend to focus on these issues and through doing so force the international community, through the Security Council, to put the SPDC’s nuclear aspirations, and the assistance that the junta is providing to other states, at the top of its agenda.

Regarding this, I am available for interviews and other speaking opportunities such as conferences.

The second statement discusses the current United States effort to have a Security Council resolution on Burma. This analysis is timely, as the Council will have a debate about international threats tomorrow. The new chair of the Council, Russia, is opposed to the SPDC being considered as such a threat. The new Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in recent statements about U.N. challenges, failed to mention Burma. (One hopes his commitment to and respect for the position of Secretary General outweighs his loyalty to Daewoo, a South Korean company that is one of the key corporate sponsors of the junta.) In any case, it is a matter of votes. If the U.S. can secure enough votes, and divert Russian and Chinese vetoes, the SPDC will be the subject of Security Council action.

For the last, 2006 was not the year for freedom in Burma. We, and many other groups, pushed hard all year, but it wasn’t enough. The people of Burma are still not moving; they are still not rising up and demanding to be free. This article examines why.

Regarding North Korea, my prediction that South Korea would refuse to implement the Security Council sanctions and interdict North Korean ships has come true. Also, U.S. General B. B. Bell repeated my description of Kim Jong-il as an international extortionist, saying in a speech to South Korean businesspeople, North Korea “built nuclear weapons as an instrument of political policy in order to blackmail nations in the region,” and also as an attempt to split the U.S. – South Korean alliance.

Of course, not only South Korea has a “sunshine policy.” The United States government, by promoting trade with China, and U.S. consumers, by buying in huge quantities “made in China” goods, are pursuing a similar policy. Just as South Korean appeasement bankrolled the North’s nuclear program, U.S. appeasement is funding China’s huge defense budget, which the PLA says is to defend against Taiwanese independence (as if Taiwan wasn’t already independent) but which is really dedicated to military operations against the U.S. (including if America ever comes to the defense of Taiwan). Personally, I don’t understand how bankrolling an enemy is ever a good policy.

Lastly, I want to recommend the new film, Shoot on Sight, available from Burma Issues (www.burmaissues.org). It is a stark and rare glimpse of ethnic cleansing while it is underway. The fear of Karen villagers, as they flee attacks from Burma Army soldiers, and certain death if they are caught, is palpable.

This is not only a Karen problem. All Burmese should be appalled at what the SPDC is doing against the ethnic nationalities of the country. This is genocide. Burma and its people, like Germany and its citizens following World War II, will bear the scars and the stigma of this for a long, long time to come. Everyone in Burma, indeed, everyone in the world, should do everything in his or her power to end the genocide now!