Avert war – close Pine Gap
Pine Gap, the highly secret United States war fighting and surveillance base, is reported to be spying on North Korea as tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula.
The base, near Alice Springs, provides provide key intelligence to both Washington and US Forces in the Pacific.
“We cannot accept the use of Pine Gap by the United States which would mean Australia would be deeply involved in any US military action against or even invasion of North Korea,” said Denis Doherty from the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition.
“And this could happen without Australian Government agreement or even knowledge.”
US warships and fighter jets have been diverted from a planned visit to Australia to Korean waters after the DPRK launched a ballistic missile test.
“With growing talk of US military action following its strikes against Syria last week, the US has notified Australia that it is prepared to shoot down any North Korean missile launches,” he said.
“Yet North Korea is called ‘provocative’!
“North Korea does not have the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead to the US or Australia. Yet Defence Industry Minister Pyne felt able to claim that North Korea has the ‘capability to hurt Australia, the United States, South Korea, and Japan’,” Mr Doherty said..
“The Republic of Korea and the United States, with help from others in region such as Japan, conduct massive annual military exercises off the coast of North Korea every year. Yet North Korea is demonised as unstable and dangerous.
“US President Trump is on a dangerous course to provoke war in our region and yet our Government and Opposition remain united in all out support for the US regardless of the risks to Australians and to the world.
“The way forward is to take Pine Gap out of the US arsenal to help prevent massive destruction and human suffering in our region and to ensure that our government and our people are not complicit in aggression and even war. Close it now!” Mr Doherty said
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Denis Doherty 0418 290 663