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Analysis of North Korea-US Confrontation in the wake of the Missiles Launch

1. The current state of the Korean Peninsula, after the second North Korea- US Summit in Hanoi

(1) Behaviors of the United States

Since the second North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, the United States has repeated "Big Deal" assertion that North Korea should do final and fully verified denuclearization (FFVD). That is, the US calls for unilateral denuclearization of North Korea and insists that North Korea, which does not accept that, is not ready to negotiate. In the meantime, [the US] allowed (or ordered) the Korean government to provide food aid to North Korea.

President Trump broke the promise he made right after Singapore Summit of not to hold South Korea-US military exercises and simply renamed and went ahead with resuming one. In addition, [the US military] conducted a series of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) minuteman 3 launch drills on May 1 and 9, threatening North Korea. In particular, along with the ICBM, an unusual submarine-launched ballistic missile Trident 2-D5 launch exercise was also performed on the 9th.

On the other hand, Stephen Biegun, United States Special Representative for North Korea, was sent to Russia to discuss the North Korean policy on April 18. It was aimed at North Korea-Russia Summit on April 25.
Taken together, the United States still has no intention of withdrawing its hostile policy toward North Korea, continues to pressure North Korea, and, yet mentioning food aid, pays attention not to allow North Korea to move toward a "new path," such as resuming its nuclear and missiles activities.

(2) Behaviors of North Korea

North Korea urged the US to change its policy toward the North through Chairman Kim Jong Un's address at the Supreme People's Assembly and the press conference of Choi Sun Hee, First Vice minister of Foreign Affairs. North Korea emphasized that the United States should bring a new formula within the year, and that North Korea would "not even budge" otherwise. In other words, North Korea cannot accept unilateral and unrealistic demands of the United States, and the third Summit is possible only if its demands are accepted by the end of the year, the deadline set by North Korea.

At the same time, it strengthened relations with socialist countries such as China and Vietnam, and expanded cooperation with friendly countries like Russia. North Korea is strengthening anti-US international solidarity.
In addition, military training was carried out on May 4 and 9. In these exercises, they showed new missiles and self-propelled artillery, along with multiple rocket launcher (MRL).

In particular, the short-range missiles introduced this time were similar to the Russian Iskander, and their unique trajectories strained the military authorities of South Korea and the US. For your reference, the Iskander missile, first deployed by Russia in 2006, is a ballistic missile but does not draw an ordinary parabolic trajectory. It can fly on a complex route and change its course while in flight, which makes it impossible to intercept with an existing missile defense system. Though it is a short-range missile, it is so fast that it only takes 5 minutes to fly the maximum range and is a powerful weapon capable of cruise-missile-level precision blow.

The performance of the missiles as well as that of the self- propelled artillery seemed improved. According to JoonAng Ilbo article " It used to take more than four minutes for a one shoot... the North, the new self- propelled artillery has been changed drastically", the North Korean self-propelled artillery newly emerged in the drill on May 9 is believed to have drastic improvement in terms of defense, avoidance , and launch speed by adopting a closed turret.
Though North Korea's military movements are seen as its responding to US military pressure, it can basically be interpreted as the intention that North Korea will not sit back and wait for the US to change its policy on North Korea until the end of the year.

2. How should one view the situation surrounding North Korea's missile launch?

(1) Reverberation around the world

Although North Korea launched a series of new missiles, the responses of South Korea, US and Japan has completely changed. The responses of them may be summed up as ' forcibly calmed, anxious, and edgy¡¯.
For now, President Trump acted calm saying "I do not consider that a breach of trust at all". On 9th, the day of the second missiles launch, he said, "we're looking at it very seriously right now." He changed two days later to "very standard stuff", "I don¡¯t consider that a breach of trust at all."

Also, they tried to prevent the controversy from spreading by: using the term ¡®projectiles¡¯ pretending they weren¡¯t missiles when North Korea obviously launched missiles, then saying 'not concerning' because they weren¡¯t ICBMs. If North Korea launched a ballistic missile, it would violate the UN Security Council resolution that bans all kinds of ballistic missiles. Then they would have to convene the Security Council, which would make the situation more complicated. China and Russia are likely to blame the United States that its breach of the promise caused North Korea's missiles launch, and North Korea may take an issue with the UNSC call itself and take tougher military action. So the US anxiously tried hard not to provoke the North, saying that it is nothing. On May 7, President Moon Jae-in cautioned in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Abe, both South Korea and Japan not to take a hard line. It also sent a conciliatory message to the North, offering to its food aid.

The problem is that such attitude of the United States has stirred controversy in the United States. The Internet media VOX in the United States claimed it was a serious mistake for Secretary of State Pompeo to say that it is fine because it wasn¡¯t an ICBM, and that he gave North Korea the green light to test any missile short of an ICBM. Unlike the White House, the US Congress has voiced its call for a strong condemnation of North Korea's missiles launch. The same is true in Korea. With the government's ambiguous stance, Liberty Korea Party and others criticized, "Why can't we call a missile a missile?" It looks very tense.

Meanwhile, China and Russia did not show any significant reaction to the North's missile launches.
China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on October 10, "There is no concrete information yet," and reiterated the principle standpoint to solve the problem through dialogue.
This series of responses is a big change from before 2017. Back then, no matter what missiles North Korea launched, South Korea, The US, and Japan strongly condemned and stipulated as "provocation¡±, and strengthened sanctions against the North. It also pressured the North militarily by injecting strategic assets. Other countries around the world have also kept pace with the move; condemning or pressing North Korea to restrain itself. It was the exact opposite of how it is now.

(2) Why is the reaction different

For one, the United States does not want to go back to the showdown. President Trump up until now has boasted that it was his achievement that North Korea suspended its nuclear and missile activities.
He claimed that he kept America safe. Now, if he goes back to confrontation, it would look like he destroys his own achievements. But President Trump has a more fundamental problem than his own political blowback. The odds are against him if he goes back to showdown.

As already seen in 2017, the US has no chance of winning North Korea-US nuclear showdown. In the midst of North Korea¡¯s nuclear and missiles wave, the United States was helpless. There was no way to stop North Korea. The United States, which has already lost its military confrontation, has no fighting chance.

It would be fortunate if we could go back to 2017. If the North and the US militaries confronted each other again, no one can predict what it would be like then and thereafter. Man has an instinctive fear of the unknown. The US was nervous when North Korea mentioned a "new path" because it did not know what a "new path" was.

The military move taken by North Korea this time was a low-intensity exercise. They were, so far, short-range missiles, MRLs, and self-propelled artilleries. Yet, it was enough to make the US quite nervous. Short-range missiles are the type of missiles we have never seen before, and cannot be intercepted by U.S. missile defense systems such as THAAD and Patriot. The performance of self-propelled artillery has improved significantly. This is a low-intensity military action, so one can only imagine what kind of weapon will come out if it goes up to regular or high-intensity. Before a war, the United States enters the military information of the opponent on the computer and simulates the war game. The military plans are drawn up through this to match the enemy's military capabilities. If North Korea continues to release new weapons like these, the US military would not know what information should be put on the computer. The weapons released this time have not yet been analyzed, and if new weapons continue to appear, the United States cannot deal with that.
Along with this, North Korea's political status change also drew a different response from that of 2017. North Korea has raised its international and political status considerably over the past year and a half.

North Korea has first taken several preemptive measures regarding denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and negotiations with the US. It declares to freeze nuclear and missiles activities and blew up the nuclear test sites. It showed North Korea¡¯s authenticity and commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. And what North Korea proposed at the Hanoi talks sure was reasonable. There was an equivalence of partial nuclear freeze versus partial lifting of sanctions, and the proposal of step-by-step simultaneous action was realistic considering the lack of trust between North Korea and the United States. This allowed North Korea to draw the consent of the international community.

The United States, on the other hand, did not fulfill its commitments of Singapore Summit last year, and did it show Hegemonism at Hanoi Summit, making unilateral and unrealistic demands. The US certainly cannot win support from the international community. The US attitude at Hanoi Summit raised critical voices not only in the international community but also in the United States.

North Korea, as a nuclear-owned country, considerably improved relations with socialist countries like China and Vietnam, and other friendly countries like Russia. This shows that North Korea is recognized as a nuclear state in the international community.
The way of denouncing North Korea unilaterally has disappeared as the international status of North Korea is rising.

3. Future Prospects?

(1) The United States

The United States seeks unilateral and complete denuclearization of North Korea. The US considered North Korea ready to negotiate only if it concedes to it. It continues to pressure and to strengthen sanctions against North Korea. In addition, the United States controls the pace at which South Korea develops inter - Korean relations. It demands that China and Russia join in sanctions against North Korea. It continues its military pressure as well.

However, North Korea has not responded to unilateral denuclearization at all. North Korea will not respond even a hundred or a thousand years from now. Kim Jong Un, in his address to the Supreme People's Assembly, said, "(The US) misjudges us that we will surrender if it put maximum pressure on us", and continued "With that attitude, even if we sit down face-to-face (with the US) hundreds, thousands of times, we won't even budge."

He also declared on sanctions against North Korea that "I will no longer get hung up on lifting the sanctions, and will find a way to revive on our own." Recently, they tried to propagate the "food shortage" in North Korea through the media as Korea and the US pulled out the food aid card to North Korea, but there is no specific indication that North Korea actually has such problem. Rather, even in the worst sanctions against North Korea, only the fast-growing economy has been manifested.

Kim Jung Un also hinted that North Korea would respond to military pressure of the United States by saying "Our appropriate reaction will follow as the US hostile policy against North Korea becomes overt." And this was realized through two missiles launch drills this time.

It will not be able to change that of North Korea with the current position of the US. Rather, it puts the US in further trouble. The US currently has no practical means to move North Korea to its own way. There is zero chance the future political situation develops as the US perceives.

(2) North Korea

North Korea assures negotiations are possible only when the United States brings a new formula to the table by the end of the year. What North Korea initially suggested in Hanoi was to trade the dismantling of the Yongbyon nuclear facility for the lifting of sanctions against private sectors. In North Korea's point of view, it has made considerable concessions to the United States. But North Korea vows to 'no more concessions' after the failed Summit. Kim Jong Un, in his address to the Supreme People's Assembly, said, "Obviously it will be difficult to have a good opportunity again like last time." That is, North Korea will demand more than it did in Hanoi. The United States missed a quite favorable opportunity.

On the other hand, Putin said in the press conference after the North Korea-Russia Summit on April 25, "North Korea needs a guarantee of its own security and sovereignty, "and that this is a precondition for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. In other words, North Korea now wants to trade denuclearization for guarantees of its security. It is a trickier task for the US. Because it does not end with the establishment of diplomatic relations with the North and the conclusion of Peace Treaty, but demands concrete military action by the United States.

If the United States does not accept these demands, no one knows how things will develop next year. The majority suppose North Korea and the US to go back to 2017, a nuclear confrontation. Analysis of North Korea-US Confrontation in the wake of the Missiles Launch
Meanwhile, North Korea is likely to continue its military drill until the United States brings a new formula. It intends to actively pressure the US to bring in a new formula by the end of the year.

The United States is now forced to either resume dialogue with a new formula by the end of the year, or have a full-fledged nuclear confrontation. But the United States cannot choose either. The full-fledged nuclear showdown has already been done in 2017 but it has been defeated. A new nuclear showdown won't change anything. No, as we have seen this through North Korea's military training, the North Korea has more of new weapons. So it may lose more severely this time. So the United States rather avoids an all-out nuclear confrontation.

Then how about bringing a new formula? There is no problem the US resumes dialogue with a new formula. North Korea's negotiation proposal is realistic and there is no downside for the US. North Korea does not demand the US to surrender. Wants a win-win for the both countries through co-exist, utilitarianism, and co-prosperity. North Korea's negotiation proposal will boost the American interests and benefit the American people. But the US cannot bring a new formula to the negotiation table.

The US has greed and supremacy in its nature. There is no concept of co-prosperity or utilitarianism in the United States. Only the United States should profit. In other words, it only knows how to pillage its opposition parties. Also, the opponent must follow its lead. North Korea must give up socialism and adopt capitalism. The US would never go for a conversation because it would not give up on greed and supremacy.

At any rate, the US has two roads to choose from and will have to choose one by the end of the year. Which would be its choice? History tells us that it seems highly likely for the US to choose a confrontation. Historically, imperialism never abandoned its greed and supremacy, and it collapsed because of the very greed and supremacy. The US would never abandon greed and supremacy. The greed and supremacy would lead the US to a nuclear confrontation with the North Korea.

Historically, the US, in nuclear confrontation, only came to a negotiation table after it's got strongly beaten up by North Korea. The U.S. is now being beaten, but this would be nothing if comparing what will happen in a year. It will be interesting to see how the things develop. Let's wait and see whether the US comes to its senses and finds a new way, or continues toward a total collapse.

4. Additional Remark

North Korea's missile launches on the 4th and 9th of May is primarily connected to North Korea-US relation. However, it seems to be connected to the current international situation as well.

In recent weeks, the United States has committed acts of aggression against the anti-American countries around the world, including enforcing the Helms - Burton Act targeting Cuba, inciting the Venezuelan coup, and designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. North Korea then voiced condemnation of the US on these international issues. However, the voice alone in the international community does not raise great power. Action is necessary to have impact. This is the international significance of North Korea's missiles launch.

Hankook Ilbo (Korea Times) analyzed in its May 13 editorial, " North Korea-US nuclear confrontation, to a face-off between the U.S. and anti-U.S. countries", that unexpected missiles launch drills by North Korea, amid agonizing debate over the US military intervention in Venezuela and Iran, put Trump administration in a foreign policy crisis, and that it became a face-off between the U.S. and anti-U.S. countries. MBN (Maeil Business Newspaper) also analyzed on May 12 that Trump administration's diplomacy got into triple trouble as North Korea, Iran and Venezuela issues burst all at once. North Korea's missile launches have made it harder for US military intervention in Iran and Venezuela.

In 1939, the Battles of Khalkhyn Gol broke between the Japanese Gwandong Army and Soviet forces near the Khalkha River, a border between Mongolia and Manchuria. This battle was a massive battle of over 100,000 troops mobilized from both countries. Kim Il Sung's anti-Japanese units, who were active in Manchuria at the time, attacked Gwandong Army and military supplies, which were put into battlefield to support the socialist Soviet Union. It is a long tradition of North Korea to provide internationalist assistance for a country that has been invaded and looted by imperialist countries.

The missiles launch, in North Korea's point of view, could be interpreted as an act of internationalist support and solidarity that would block the US military attack on other anti - American countries.


Severe Punishment by Fellow Countrymen Is Inevitable: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) -- The international community expresses full support and approval at the DPRK's principled stand on the inter-Korean relations and DPRK-U.S. relations clarified at the historic First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's policy speech is a historic declaration for tackling the present grave situation affected by the moves of the U.S. and south Korean conservative forces in keeping with the unanimous aspirations and wishes of all the fellow countrymen, and herein lies the key to creating a new national history for peace and co-prosperity.

Now the whole nation strongly hopes that the north-south declarations are invariably adhered to true to the historic policy speech so that the situation of the Korean peninsula develops in a stable manner and the inter-Korean relations steadily improves.

Nevertheless, the south Korean conservative forces are intent on silly acts making a mess of the nation's destiny and future, contrary to the compatriots' aspirations and the international community's expectations.

The "Liberal Korea Party" is engrossed in launching a blistering attack on the present "government" citing the "failure of north Korea policy" and "replacement of diplomacy and security team", while dismissing the DPRK's principled stand as a "notification" to inflame only the confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

The "Parun Mirae Party", the conservative media and other conservative forces - would-be "experts on the north" - call for thorough cooperation with the U.S., voicing that the present regime faces a moment of choice and should make a right decision.

Those foolish acts against reunification, peace and nation by the LKP and other conservative group of traitors which seek to put a brake on the implementation of the north-south declarations and improvement of inter-Korean relations will not be spared the severe punishment by all the compatriots.

The conservative group of traitors has taken the lead in doing jobs not beneficial but harmful to the nation since it came into being.
Not content with denying the last year's valuable successes that the north and south achieved after declaring the start of a new journey, the conservative forces are struggling to reverse the inter-Korean relations to the past, spouting a load of abuses that "last year was a miserable year in which 10 years of security posture was severely hindered in return for enjoying a brief peacetime spanning one year".

A crow cannot be whiter for often washing.
As long as the LKP and other conservative forces, traitors and depraved guys who lost even national conscience and the dignity of a human being are left intact, the misfortune, pain, damage and disaster which the Korean nation is subject to will get more terrible and drawn-out.

All the fellow countrymen in the north, the south and abroad will, staking the destiny and future of the nation, get rid of the anti-reunification traitors, who run counter to the historic current towards the improved inter-Korean ties and peaceful reunification, once and for all. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Japan's Denial of Its Past Crimes

Pyongyang, April 10 (KCNA) -- Not only the international community but also the Japanese people bitterly denounce the Japanese government for persistently denying its past crimes.
Hatoyama, ex-prime minister of Japan, at a recent news conference deplored the fact that Japan, highly responsible for the division of Korea, serves as a marplot instead of playing its role in the thawing season of the DPRK-U.S. and inter-Korean relations that started with much effort, adding that Japan should do what it has to do.

In February, the "2019 statement of Japanese citizens and intellectuals" urging the Abe government to make an apology for and reflection on the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule over Korea was made public in downtown Tokyo. And Japanese religionists repeatedly made open apologies for the past atrocities on the occasion of the centenary of the March First Popular Uprising in Korea.

This is the conscience of Japan.
However, the Japanese reactionaries still deny the blood-stained crimes against the Korean nation and other Asian peoples and are desperately keen on distorting Japan's history though 70-odd years have passed since the end of World War II, turning a deaf ear to the calls of social justice and conscience.

Denial of the past crimes means a willingness to repeat them.
It is proved by the deplorable reality in Japan that is run through with reckless arms buildup, radical revision of the Constitution and political climate of ultra-nationalism, all of which spark off serious concern and vigilance of the international community.

It is by no means fortuitous that Japan is regarded as "political dwarf" and "animal of economy" no matter how vociferously Japan advocates "proactive pacifism" and "contributions to the international community".

The persistent evasion of liquidating the past proves to be Japan's nemeses such as exclusion from the issue of the Korean Peninsula, political and diplomatic conflicts with regional countries and failure in the attempt for becoming a UNSC permanent member.

Japan can neither make even a step forward as long as it is weighed down by the past nor be a normal state unless it clears crime-woven history.
At the end of January, Japanese Prime Minister Abe said in his policy speech that it is the time for totally summing up postwar Japan's diplomacy, expressing the strong will to "put an end to the tasks remaining for 70-odd years after the war".

Japan is well advised to keep in mind that the core of postwar Japan's diplomacy and its unavoidable historical task are to admit the heinous inhuman crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against Asian peoples in the last century and make an apology and reparation for them.

Japan should not talk about "summing up" while glossing over a pile of hideous crimes it should compensate for before history and mankind.
Japan's future depends on its understanding that the settlement of its past is the only way to shake off the ill-fame of an enemy state and live in harmony with the international community. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Hwang Kyo An's Campaign for "Conservative Mega-merger"

Pyongyang, March 14 (KCNA) -- Hwang Kyo An, representative of the "Liberal Korea Party" (LKP) of south Korea, is now impudent enough to call for the merger with the conservative opposition parties.
He said that "it is necessary to help personages of other conservative opposition parties and Thaegukgi forces to join the LKP" and that "it is important to realize the phased merger." He also called upon the "Parun Mirae Party" to "join it to prevent the tyranny of the government", styling himself the key figure of the merger.

His calling for merger is, in essence, meant to put all the conservative forces under his control. In other words, it is aimed to extend the influence of his faction to get LKP under his thumb and, at the same time, to make other conservative opposition parties a springboard for his rise to power in the next-term "presidential" election.

Hwang has neither his own view nor philosophy as a politician, not to mention personality or administrative achievements. He has only a wild ambition for power.
He took "premiership" with the backing of traitor Park Geun Hye, but later when she was driven into a tight corner for her scandal of "state affairs", he broke off the relations with her to stay in the post.
He was so impudent as to "vow to remain loyal to the traitor" in the election campaign of a new representative of LKP to finally hold party hegemony, and now seeks to exploit all the conservative forces for his seizure of "presidency".

Irony is that having failed to settle the factional issue within his party, he is now crying out for the mega-merger. It is shame on the conservative world that he, devoid of elementary personality, seeks to become a leading figure.
It is crystal clear to all that if he, imprudent and crafty, represents the conservative circle, the south Korean political situation will get more complicated and the people's living will get worse.

That is why conservative opposition parties are vigilant against the LKP coteries crying out for merger.
"Parun Mirae Party", being fearful of the merger with LKP coteries which will cause the party division, concentrates all its efforts on the party unity, warning not to discuss the merger thoughtlessly and touting the possibility is less than 0.01 percent.

The "Korean Patriotic Party" that consists of ultra-right conservative riff-raffs also try to place their party above the "Liberal Korea Party" and the "Parun Mirae Party", urging Hwang Kyo An to expel those unpleasant to its eyes from his party.
As mentioned above, the LKP styling itself the first opposition party is given a cold reception within the conservative camp.
The foolish campaign will result in the complete isolation and rejection of Hwang Kyo An's group by other conservative forces. -0-


KCNA Commentary Discloses Japan's Unchanged Ambition for Overseas Expansion

Pyongyang, February 11 (KCNA) -- In recent days patrol planes of the Japan Maritime "Self-Defense Force" made approach flights to south Korean naval vessels.
In the wake of last December the former made threatening low flights over the latter three times in January, rapidly bedeviling the weak relations between south Korea and Japan.

What is the background behind the escalating conflict and friction between south Korea and Japan over the said flights?
It is just Japan which has been engrossed in impudent provocations against other countries to invade them from ancient times.
The said successive flights are the manifestation of the inveterate ambition for territory expansion peculiar to Japan to seek its own profit while pulling up others.

The recent cases revealed more clearly the criminal wicked design of the Japanese reactionaries to destroy the climate towards peace on the Korean Peninsula and realize their ambition for reinvasion of Korea.
Japan has run amuck in revival of militarism and realization of its ambition for reinvasion under the pretext of the "threat from the north".

The Japanese reactionaries are getting more undisguised in their criminal intention to create a political climate favorable for the revival of militarism and buildup of the SDF by ratcheting up tension on the Korean Peninsula.
They have made desperate efforts to legitimately come out in overseas aggression through the retrogressive revision of the constitution under the pretence of tension on the Korean Peninsula, and are now using even the estranged relations with south Korea in realizing their political purpose.

It is too natural that the anti-Japanese sentiments are mounting among south Korean people with each passing day.
Japan remains unchanged in its ambition for overseas expansion and it is getting more undisguised.
The Japanese reactionaries who are inveterately displeased to see their neighbor's good progress are, indeed, the cancer-like entity checking reconciliation and unity of the Korean nation and destroying peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the region.

All the Koreans should resolutely smash the hostile policy towards Korea and the ambition for reinvasion being sought by the Japanese reactionaries who block the future of the Korean nation and peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula while provoking Korea irrespective of the north and the south. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Disgusting Scramble for Power in LKP

Pyongyang, January 31 (KCNA) -- The political world of south Korea has recently been jibe-trading centre owing to the convention of the "Liberal Korea Party" (LKP).
More than ten candidates for the representative of the party are involved in brawl desperate enough to call a dogfight.
Even Hwang Kyo An who tried to improve his "image" outside the political world joined in the scramble for power, which reminds people of a bloody fight.

South Korean media ridicule the party convention, a laughing stock.
Riffraffs try to hold hegemony over the party branded as "living dead party", which is a disgusting political cartoon.
It is reasonable to discuss the dissolution of the party as it is the one of conservative traitors that was driven into a ditch of history by a stern judgment by the people.
But LKP is holding the party convention for the election of representative. This is a criminal act, an open challenge to candlelight demonstrators.

The south Korean public ousted traitor Park Geun Hye from power and, at the same time, punished the party of the traitors through fierce candlelight resistance ever known in history.
However, the "Saenuri Party", a conservative party, renamed itself "Liberal Korea Party", watching for a chance to take revenge on public mindset under the signboard of "innovation" and "renovation".

The party has gone the lengths of claiming that the impeachment against Park Geun Hye was wrong, that it is time to regain the impaired reputation and that it is necessary to lay a new foundation to come back to power.
The ambition of the conservative group of traitors for the seizure of power has reached the extremes.

All of the candidates for the representative are the first to be eliminated as they took the lead in the confrontation with the fellow countrymen and treacheries at the beck and call of traitor Park Geun Hye.
They are involved in the dogfight to grab the post of representative, but they have the same final purpose, the return of conservatives to power.

LKP scramble for power, quite indifferent to the trend of the times and the desire of the public, invites vigilance of the south Koreans from all walks of life.
The conservative traitors are seriously mistaken.
Whoever holds the office of representative and any faction that holds hegemony are doomed to ruin as they go against the public sentiment -0-


KCNA Commentary Calls for Removal of Conservative Group of S. Korea

Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) -- The south Korean conservative group is taking issue with the DPRK's stand clarified in the historic New Year Address for the development of inter-Korean relations and peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula.

The conservative opposition parties including the "Liberal Korea Party" and right-wing media and experts claim that the south "should neither start cooperation with the north nor meet the demands of the north", describing the principled stance of the DPRK as the "typical camouflaged peace offensive" and "high stratagem to sow seeds of discord".
This is a malicious act against the expectations of the whole nation and mankind that want to see the sustained current of dialogue and peace created with much effort on the Korean peninsula this year.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's historic New Year Address evokes a lively response among the world people as well as the Korean people.

A lot of media continue to report the full text and gist of his New Year Address full of his firm will to safeguard peace and ardent patriotism and heads of state, political parties, organizations and personages of various circles and experts of many countries express full support for the DPRK's consistent stand for the development of the positive situation on the Korean peninsula.

In particular, his New Year Address commands the absolute support by all the fellow countrymen as it calls for turning the Korean peninsula into the true home of the nation, which is the most peaceful and will prosper forever.
Upset by this, the south Korean conservative group is speaking ill of the address in a bid to keep it from having a great impact on the public.

This is hysterics of the confrontation maniacs who are frightened by the support of the people at home and abroad for the New Year Address which is daily increasing for its impartiality and vitality, and last-ditch effort of those who are left without any justification for existence as a result of the efforts for the development of inter-Korean relations and d?tente on the Korean peninsula.

Last year the conservative group termed the initiative and bold steps taken by the DPRK for bringing about an epochal turning point in the relations between the north and south the "camouflaged peace offensive".

The conservative group's criminal act such as slandering the historic Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration and checking their implementation added another disgraceful page to the record of its crimes.
It is well known that with such confrontation maniacs remaining left in office the north-south relations were driven into complete catastrophe and the danger of war hanged over the Korean peninsula.

Looking back on the last year, all the Koreans came to bear in mind once again that only when they decisively sweep away the conservative group that stands in the way of peace and prosperity and brings nothing good to them, can they open a broad avenue to independent reunification.
It is a disgrace to the nation that the group of criminals who were given stern judgment by history is making desperate efforts to chill the unanimous desire of Koreans for national reunification. -0-


"Security Law" Is Disgrace to Nation: Rodong Sinmun

Pyongyang, December 17 (KCNA) -- Stronger voices in demand of the abrogation of the fascist "Security Law", notorious law, are being heard in south Korea with the lapse of 70 years after its fabrication, Rodong Sinmun Monday says in an article.
It is quite natural that the tendency to repeal the SL is being reinforced in south Korea, says the article.
The article brands the SL as an unprecedented evil law, a copy of the "Maintenance of the Public Order Act" cooked up by the Japanese imperialists to intensify their colonial rule over Korea and fascist crackdown on its people in the past.

The article goes on:
The successive south Korean conservative regimes grown out of pro-Japanese practices worked out the most notorious SL on the basis of the Japanese imperialists' fascist law which had served for indiscriminately killing the Korean patriots, far from liquidating it. And they constantly revised the SL in their interest to use it as an all-purpose means to retain their power and crack down on the people.

The history of the SL in south Korea is, indeed, the one of bloody crimes in which democracy has been mercilessly strangled by the fascist dictatorship, patriots judged by traitors and justice outraged by injustice.

Nonetheless, such thrilling evil law still remains poisonous in south Korea though the conservative regime was toppled down and the times of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity ushered in. This is a mockery of the public sentiment of south Korea and disgrace to the Korean nation. -0-


KCNA Commentary Derides Japan for Inviting Isolation

Pyongyang, November 28 (KCNA) -- The Abe authorities are suffering from unspeakable stress, being caught in contradiction in the international relations.
Being left out of concern by the U.S. the relations with whom it put great trust in and whom it regarded as the eldest brother, Japan Prime Minister Abe reached the state of asking the U.S. president never to put the clock hand backward in relations between Japan and the U.S. He even tried to flatter the U.S. by taking the lead in building cooperation mechanism for pressurizing the DPRK, hardly catching any interest of its master.

Though engaged in an array of diplomatic steps to access the DPRK with hope pinned on the DPRK-Japan summit in a bid to get rid of ever-worsening political isolation, Japan still raises rhetoric about sanctions and pressure and "abduction issue" in an effort to mislead the public.
At the East-Asia Summit held in Singapore on November 15, Abe cited his intention to independently improve relations with the DPRK and sit knee to knee with the supreme leader of the DPRK for the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Truly funny are the Japanese politicians with foolish intention on their minds as one can not but worry if they can get anything in return for peddling the worn-out rhetoric about sanctions and "abduction issue".

Japan has fully disclosed its being to the international community, and the political caliber of the Japanese politicians has already come to an end.
Japanese politicians should have sized up the change of strategic structure in Northeast Asia and the world and corresponding change of the world trend and have given double-thinking, if they truly wished for the better and prosperous future of the Japanese archipelago.

However, outwardly touting the improvement of relations with the DPRK, a factor of massive influence on the world strategic balance, Japan, being keen on brown-nosing the U.S. and reading its face, has played the role of a robust pace-setter for its master pursuing hard- and soft-strategy with regard to the DPRK issue.

When the U.S. included a DPRK-flagged trading vessel conducting normal trading transactions in a sanctions list of the United Nations in October, Japan, as if it had waited for it to happen, followed Washington's footsteps to include the vessel in its own sanctions list.

As for the "abduction issue" touted by Abe as a precondition for the improvement of the DPRK-Japan relations, it is just a political farce serving the purpose of stirring up the awareness of stand-off with the DPRK timed to coincide with the U.S. massive anti-DPRK "human rights" campaign.

The thoughtless act of Abe and his group against the DPRK, out of their senseless approach toward the ever-changing international political situation, is making Japan stand further isolated in the international community.

An Egyptian newspaper said the abduction issue cited by Japan is an issue ignored by the U.S., further commenting that there are wide-spread diplomatic disputes between Japan and south Korea over the issue of reparation for the victims of forcible drafting and the issue of dominium over Tok Islets, and that today Japan's interests are things out of concern of its allies.
Japan has no other way but to blame itself for the undeniably miserable fate it has been put today. -0-


KCNA Commentary Accuses LKP of Going against National Reconciliation

Pyongyang, October 23 (KCNA) -- There is a saying that one rotten pear spoils a whole heap.
The conservative group of south Korea denies the historic north-south declarations hailed by all Koreans and the international community only to enrage the public.

During the "parliamentary inspection of the administration" the conservative group led by the "Liberal Korea Party" rejected all matters related to the north-south relations developing on good terms, and cried out for forming the "great unity of all conservatives" and "rising against the ruling camp by concerted efforts".

The reckless moves of the group of traitors talking about the "great conservative unity" in a bid to sap the will of all Koreans to open up a new era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity can never be pardoned.
The history of the nation clearly records the crime-woven traces of the traitors including those of the LKP who did nothing good for the nation but did harm to it only.

Since the very day of its appearance, confrontation with the compatriots in the north, sycophancy toward big powers, corruption and irregularities have represented the nature peculiar to conservatism. Whenever it faced crisis, it prolonged the remainder of its doomed life by committing betrayal and conspicuous transformation.

By resorting to the ruckus of scandalous "reform", the group of traitors turned the south Korean society into a den of evils.
Notably, the crimes they committed by stamping out the priceless agreements and fruits common to the nation to check national reunification, the cherished desire of all Koreans, are so terrible.

The insanity of the conservatives is to destroy the north-south relations which have been put on a new firm track of peace, reconciliation and cooperation and turn them back to the past when they were plagued with hostility and confrontation.
No matter how noisily they talk about "reform and change" and "new value of conservatism", their nature -- treachery, corruption and irregularities -- can never change.

There is no Korean who will tolerate the mode of existence of the conservatives seeking their way out in perpetuation of the national division.
Political, social and other circles of south Korea are terming the LKP "the target of elimination by the candlelight revolution for its evil doings" and "a political party which should disappear in the next general election." The LKP is being derided by the public for "working hard to preserve its vested rights and win next election."

The history of confrontation pursued by those seeking their dirty ambition for power and partisan interests, instead of the great intention of the nation, should be ended as early as possible.
It is urgent to eliminate the conservative group.
Every Korean should turn out in sweeping away the conservative group and doing things favorable to the improvement of the north-south relations. -0-


All Koreans Should Pool Efforts for Sake of Nation: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- Thanks to the bold decisions and will of the top leaders of the north and the south and much effort made by all Koreans, the seeds of reconciliation and peace sowed in the spring at Panmunjom are bearing rich fruit in the autumn.

It is a great success to be specially recorded in the history of the Korean nation that the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" was published and the nonaggression pact-like "military agreement to implement Panmunjom declaration" was adopted as an annexation of the joint declaration.

Now the international community is absolutely supporting the struggle of the Koreans for achieving durable peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula and even hostile countries are welcoming it.
But there are forces seeking inter-Korean confrontation and division among the Koreans. This is just a disgrace to the Korean nation.

The "Liberal Korea Party" in south Korea is persistent in saying no to the ratification of the Panmunjom declaration at the "National Assembly" although its validity and vitality are being fully displayed in practice.
When the whole world is hailing the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration", only the LPK is terming it "a declaration of little substance" and a "humiliating document in which the south was unilaterally disarmed by the north".

Such reckless act is enraging all Koreans as it has something in common with the treacherous acts committed by the past conservative regimes which slandered the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration as "pro-communist documents befitting enemy" for no ground and disturbed their implementation.

The past distressing history, in which valuable agreements and results common to the nation were misused for dirty greed for power and party stratagem, should never be repeated.

The meeting for national reunification, held in Pyongyang on October 5 to mark the 11th anniversary of the publication of the October 4 declaration, proved again the will of the Koreans to carry forward, preserve and implement the north-south joint declarations in their entirety.
People from various walks of life in south Korea are strongly demanding the NA ratification of the Panmunjom declaration, a manifestation of their fixed will to strenuously develop the north-south relations, not repeating the historical lesson caused by the anti-reunification forces.

Inevitable is the doom of the conservative forces going against the new history of national reconciliation and unity being written by the north and the south together.
To realize the historic cause for peace of the Korean peninsula and the future of the Korean nation, all should pool their efforts, instead of seeking partisan interests.

When all Koreans implement the Panmunjom declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" by their concerted efforts, the new era of independent reunification, peace and prosperity will surely come. -0-


KCNA Commentary Slashes Japan's Wild Ambition for Reinvasion

Pyongyang, September 13 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries have become all the more zealous in their moves to grab the inviolable territory of the Korean nation.
After finalizing the study guidelines for high schools in which they made it compulsory to educate in "dominium over Tok Island" in March last, the Japanese reactionaries in the defence white paper for 2018 in August described Tok Island as "part of the inviolable territory of Japan", holding that the "issue concerning the northern territories and Tok Island still remains pending".

This revelation of the shameless ambition for territory is a wanton violation of the dignity and the right to sovereignty of the Korean nation. Tok Island is inviolable part of Korea's territory in geographical, historical and legal points of view.
It has been part of Korea's inalienable territory since it was first discovered and dominated by Koreans from thousand and hundreds of years ago, and this has repeatedly been acknowledged by the successive feudal governments of Japan.

The Imperial Ordinance No. 41, worked out and announced by the Korean feudal government in conformity with the requirements of international law in the modern times, and the "Cairo Declaration", the "Potsdam Declaration" and Memoranda Nos. 677 and 1033 of the Supreme Command of the Allied Powers signed and announced during and after the Second World War all clearly prove the legal position of Tok Island as the territory of Korea internationally.

Japan's territorial claim to Tok Island is just like an empty claim deserving no passing note.
There does not exist any "territorial issue" between Korea and Japan, and if any there remain an issue of Japan's brigandish invasion of the land of Korea in the last century and its dream for seizing an opportunity for reinvasion that still lingers.

Japan is building up the public opinion over the issue of "dominium over Tok Island" and is internationalizing the issue to cause territorial disputes just the way it used to do in the past in a bid to secure conditions and environment for the reinvasion of Korea. This can be seen as part of its moves to realize its ambition. But this is just a wild dream.

Japan had better face up to the changed political and strategic landscape of the region and the world, with cool reason, before getting zealous for reinvasion and eyeing other's land.
If Japan seeks to stain the inviolable territory of Korea, being oblivious of the lesson of history and the requirements of the times, it can never be pardoned.
It is the will of Korea to settle accounts with Japan, the sworn enemy of the Korean nation, to the last. -0-


History Wants Clearance of Evils Left by S. Korean Conservatives: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, August 8 (KCNA) -- The deep-rooted evils left by the conservatives which had decayed the whole south Korean society are reminiscent of the Pandora's Box.
It has been disclosed that the court authorities of south Korea were in cahoots with the regimes of traitors Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye in committing evils. This is just another scandal which followed the recently revealed case of the attempted military coup which stunned the public.

The scandal of the court authorities who engaged themselves in unjust judgments to kowtow to the regimes seriously affected politics, finance, culture and other sectors of the south Korean society.
Its victims include a former "prime minister", lawmaker, part-time worker, lawyer and those who had been forced into sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army.

Due to unreasonable judgments made by the court, many innocent people were arrested and jailed, many of them lost their lives, legitimate political parties and organizations were forcibly dissolved, and human rights, justice and democracy were mercilessly stamped out.

All facts shed light on the disgusting colors of the conservative group of traitors who used even the judicial power symbolic of justice and impartiality as their tool for political suppression and a servant of the regime and indulged themselves in committing illegal acts in a bid to maintain their dictatorial rule and stay in power.

This being a hard fact, Ryang Sung Thae, former president of the Supreme Court who is the principal in the case, and other court authorities are persisting in denial, insisting that they had never engaged in making unreasonable judgments in trials. They are putting the brake on the prosecution's investigation, refusing to submit relevant information to the prosecution.

The last-ditch effort of the conservative evil group is, indeed, as stubborn as mule like this.
Unless all deep-rooted evils are liquidated, the tragedy that injustice prevails over justice and falsity insults truth will repeat in south Korea.

The elimination of the conservatives' deep-rooted evils is the judgment made by history.
The sly artifice of the criminals who seek to calm down the angry public and avoid legal punishment will make the public let loose their burning indignation only.

Civic and social bodies, people from all walks of life and media of south Korea are calling the case "judicial terrorism by the regime against the people".
They are launching strong actions to root out the evils, demanding truth probe, punishment of those involved in the case and reparation for the victims.

The south Korean people will show once again in the spirit of the candlelight resistance which ousted Park Geun Hye group of traitors that the conservative group can never evade the severe punishment by the public. -0-


Rodong Sinmun Blasts Vain Ambition and Prejudice of S. Korean Authorities

Pyongyang, July 20 (KCNA) -- The south Korean authorities of late said on several occasions that they brought about a "great turning point of history" such as the north's participation in the Winter Olympics, the visits of high-level special envoy, south-north summits and the DPRK-U.S. summit out of common understanding that the north's nuclear issue should be settled on the basis of solid south Korea-U.S. alliance. This is misrepresentation of facts and shows that they are brazen-faced enough to admire themselves.

They talked such nonsense that they created an atmosphere of the international support for the settlement of "the north's nuclear issue" through an array of diplomatic steps with neighboring countries. Not content with it, they went the lengths of making impudent remarks that unless the DPRK and the U.S. keep the promise they made before the international community, they "would severely be tried".

Rodong Sinmun Friday says in a commentary that the severity of the situation lies in that it is the deliberate building up of public opinion pursuant to the south side's "state policy", not just the view of some media or scholars, and that the high-ranking authorities came out as key advocates.

One is free to comment on things happening and express one's opinions but one-sided thought and prejudice would cause an unjust result and would be a crime of misrepresenting justice and truth, the commentary says, and goes on:
The situation urges us to again shed light on and analyze the "theory of driver of the Korean peninsula", a theory serving as a foundation of the thinking of the south Korean authorities, ground of their speech and guarantee of their action.

Everyone knows how there was the dispatch of teams with mission for reunification and peace that shook Phyongchang with the thunderous hurrah for reunification in the wake of the appeal made by the illustrious great man on the New Year's Day to make this year an eventful year of great turn to be specially recorded in the nation's history, an appeal that moved the earth and heaven. How was it possible for the world to see the two historic north-south summits in just 29 days that ushered in a new era of independent reunification, peace and prosperity and resulted in all the high-level talks and sub-sector talks and all the undertakings in Kaesong Industrial Zone and Mt Kumgang.

The historic moment when there was the DPRK-U.S. summit in Singapore brought with it a great breakthrough toward another new era, the era of DPRK-U.S. cooperation, breaking away all of sudden their hostile relations.
This stark fact clearly proves how abnormal the south Korean authorities are to come out with the "theory of driver of the Korean peninsula".

The south Korean authorities cry out for implementing the Panmunjom declaration at negotiating talks with us. But they have not yet taken any practical measures for the fundamental improvement of the north-south relations, reading the face of their American masters, thereby leaving important issues between the north and the south permanently pending.

It is a principle clear from the past history that south Korea fails to play the role of even an assistant, to say nothing of the "driver", as it is caught in the evil cycle in which it has to flatter the one only to see the other repelling and in which it has to see the other interfere after it submits to the one.

To make useless "admonition", being seized by the absurd "theory of driver", may cause trouble to the peace process on the Korean peninsula and bring sad results of offering the dishonest forces the opportunity to fish in troubled waters.

The south Korean authorities are wearing a veil of the improvement of the relations because of the public opinion but they fail to discard the improper way of thinking belonging to the era of confrontation.
Tied by the chain of submission and confrontation created by the outdated and ruined conservative forces, the present south Korean authorities fail to make a great set-out in the new starting line of history.

We closely follow the remarks and actions of the south Korean authorities. Sporadic confrontation words heard from authorities of the Unification Ministry are also taken note of.
They must not run amuck at such an important time as now, being hell-bent on meeting their political interests and maintaining their face.

They would be well advised to come to their senses, though belatedly, and not to follow the outsiders but to opt for the road of independent reunification and By Our Nation Itself, as wished by the people.
Herein lies their future. -0-


Japan Should Show Sincerity for Peace: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, June 25 (KCNA) -- With the exception of Japan, the world has hailed the adoption of the joint statement at the DPRK-U.S. summit held for the first time in history and noteworthy changes witnessed in the situation of the Korean Peninsula.

Japan, seized with anxiety about the present situation, is working hard to flee from such bitter reality as passing Japan and calm down the public opinion and mindset at home.
It is evidenced by the fact that Japan decided to stop the civilians' evacuation drill which it has conducted under the pretext of "missile threat" from the DPRK.

The Japanese government announced that it decided to stop "civilians' evacuation drill, set to be conducted in nine prefectures with local self-governing system including Tochigi and Kagawa, from the judgment that there is slim possibility for north Korea to fire a ballistic missile at the present moment."

The evacuation drill should have already been stopped as it was prompted by Japan's sinister intention to incite the anti-DPRK atmosphere and create a climate for turning itself into a military giant.

The Japanese authorities have conducted nearly 70 rounds of national evacuation and information notification drills allegedly under the pretext of "threat" from the DPRK from April last year, including the large-scale evacuation drill in downtown Tokyo for the first time in history which was staged on January 22 when a full-dress session of Diet opened.

Since such drills were conducted without let-up, civic and other organizations in Japan have called for halt to the drills, saying that "the government still creates terror-ridden atmosphere."
It is logic that if Japan truly wants peace, it should do things commensurate with peace.
But the Abe government goes against it.

Over the last five odd years after its coming into power, the Abe government made big stride in turning Japan into a military giant, as evidenced by the adoption of security strategy and the establishment of new state security council in 2013, institution of three principles on the transfer of defense hardware in 2014, the adoption of all-inclusive security legislation in 2015 and the revision of Japan-U.S. agreement on mutual provision of goods and manpower in 2016.

It increased the military spending to the highest level in history in the last six years under the pretext of coping with "threat" from the DPRK. The previous limits of military spending allocation have been surpassed by the crafty method of adding supplementary budget to the military spending.

The chief executive of Japan betrayed his real intention by claiming that the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises should be staged as scheduled even when the issue of the postponement of the exercises was brought up for discussion over the Winter Olympics. Now, he gets the jitters at the discontinuation of the joint military exercises.

Japan should be clearly mindful that if it has not a proper intention on the issue on peace and security, this will result in passing Japan. It should stop the large-scale military exercises and arms buildup for reinvasion, roll back its hostile policy toward the DPRK and liquidate the past so as to show the world its sincerity for peace. -0-


Repatriation of Women Citizens of DPRK Is Urgent Pending Issue: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, May 29 (KCNA) -- The truth behind the group abduction of women citizens of the DPRK by the puppet conservative forces of south Korea has been disclosed to touch off a flurry of censure from the public at home and abroad.

The south Korean civic organizations and people from all walks of life demand the authorities' official apology, the assurances for the prevention of recurrence of the similar event, immediate send-back of the women employees and disbandment of the Intelligence Service, and the Bar Association for Democratic Society has taken a legal action of referring those involved in the abduction to the prosecution, saying that "it has been fully disclosed that the women employees of the north were abducted by the Park Geun Hye regime".

With the trend for national reconciliation and peace prevailing in the north-south relations, the families of the victims and other Korean people hold out hope to see their beloved daughters coming back.
National reconciliation and unity are by no means abstract concepts.
The processes of unraveling one by one the tangled issues remaining pending in history and relieving every member of the nation of their pain would be steps toward peace and reunification.

The settlement of humanitarian issues attributable to hideous policy for confrontation with the fellow countrymen pursued by the past conservative regime is a prerequisite.
This would also serve as an important occasion showcasing the sincerity and will of the south Korean authorities for the sustained development of the north-south ties and peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula.

This is the reason why the repatriation of the women citizens of the DPRK draws attention of all the fellow countrymen and the international community, beyond the humanitarian issue.
The atrocities committed by traitor Park Geun Hye who made a mockery of the destinies of the flowering girls and tried to tarnish the image of the dignified DPRK in order to meet her dirty political ambition can never be pardoned.

No one can shun or connive at it.
The concealment of the crime against humanity committed by traitor Park Geun Hye would mean an open denial of the south Korean mindset willing to see the abolition of evils, and a serious crime going against the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.
The ambiguous attitude to the send-back of the women citizens of the DPRK would be little short of adding more crime.
A proper step is essential. -0-


Japan Had Better Mind Its Own Plight: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Over the 3rd inter-Korean summit, Japanese Prime Minister Abe recently talked rubbish that Japan would never be excluded from the process of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and he expects detailed actions for the denuclearization.
His inferiors, conservative media and experts echoed his rubbish, playing down the significance of the north-south summit meeting and talks at Panmunjom and calling for constant pressure on the DPRK.

Now the whole world is viewing the Panmunjom summit as a great event that made a fresh breakthrough for peace and security not only in the Korean peninsula but also in Northeast Asia and other parts of the world and had great impact on the world political trend.
But only Japan is spouting a load of rubbish, being displeased with it. Its ill-behavior, at a time when the atmosphere of reconciliation and peace is being created thanks to the proactive step and sincere efforts of the DPRK, clearly shows the real intention of the political dwarfs seized with anachronistic way of thinking.

Japan should ponder over its behavior and feel ashamed of itself under the present developing situation where a dramatic turn is being made.
Its awful behavior, prompted by its wild ambition for checking the trend of dialogue and peace, only provokes a side-splitting laughter of the world public.

It seems as if Japan tries to show a "hard-line" attitude toward the DPRK.
However, this is no more than a stupid last-ditch effort to give a face-lift to its lost image after being excluded from the settlement of the issue of the Korean peninsula.

Actually, "passing Japan" has become a hot topic of the public across the world.
Experts and analysts are commenting that Japan's loud voice reflects its complicated thought of being marginalized in the settlement of the dialogue-centered issue of the Korean peninsula, adding that Japan told others not to believe north Korea but it could not stem the trend.

Such opinion that it is very pitiful to see Japan left alone despite the rapidly changing situation in Northeast Asia is prevailing in Japan.
"Passing Japan" was caused by Japan itself. The authorities of Japan, who dislike being behind others in the calculation of interests, had better face up to the present situation, though belatedly.
They are resorting to sleight of hand and flattering to get an opportunity for setting their feet on the land of Pyongyang. They should bear in mind that they can never do so if they persist in ill-minded behavior.

It seems that what is urgent for Abe is to allay his concern about his political destiny at stake.
The rate of supporting the Abe Cabinet dropped into 26.7 percent for being involved in high-profile graft revealed one after another but the number of those saying no to it is increasing. Many Japanese are taking to street in protest against Abe who was branded as "mastermind of scandals" and "liar."
Japan had better mind its own plight, instead of going against the trend of times. -0-


KCNA Commentary on S. Korean Authorities' Seeking Confrontation in League with Conservatives

Pyongyang, April 4 (KCNA) -- There has been another farce of confrontation with the DPRK in south Korea at a time when there are increasing support and expectation of the public for the improvement of the north-south ties.

On the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the sinking of "Cheonan" ship, there was a "ceremony to mark the day of defending the West Sea" with the attendance of "government" officials including the prime minister, ruling and opposition party politicians and the U.S. forces commander in south Korea, and more than 10 warships went about in the East Sea of Korea, fanning up the atmosphere for confrontation with the DPRK.

Such rhetoric as "threat" and "atrocities" and ill-boding calls for "firmly defending the West Sea despite the phase for the improvement of the south-north ties" and "keeping security tight even though there is hope for settlement of peace" were heard from those events, shocking the people.
This is an intolerable confrontational racket going against the north-south dialogue and reconciliation phase and a provocative act openly slandering and threatening the dialogue partner.

The criminal nature of the "Cheonan" ship sinking has already been revealed and the truth behind it is being proven through the study by lots of experts and scholars and testimonies made by those concerned with the case.
Even the typical conservative media Chosun Ilbo clarified that it is natural for the public not to trust the "investigation results" made public by the government, adding the truth about "Cheonan" is bound to be exposed over time, and everyone has to be serious before the truth beyond political faction and ideal if one does not want to have one's head lowered in shame at the moment of judgment.

What is clear is that the Cheonan case was a hideous plot deliberately hatched by the pro-U.S. conservative regime to escalate confrontation with the fellow countrymen.
The present south Korean authorities calling for abolition of evil is keeping holding anti-DPRK confrontational farce as part of its anachronistic acts to use it for escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen. How can it be viewed as a proper stand toward dialogue.

After the creation of the phase for reconciliation and dialogue between the north and the south, dishonest confrontational act of faulting the DPRK have been observed one after another in south Korea.
What's more, far from making efforts to contribute to the atmosphere of national reconciliation and unity as unanimously demanded by the public at home and abroad, the south Korean authorities joined the chorus of the conservatives. This makes us skeptical about their true intention.

What is the true intention sought by them in pursuing confrontation while going in cahoots with the conservatives?
The south Korean authorities have to make this clear.
Continued abuse of the smear campaign for escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen, going against the trend of the times for national reconciliation and peace and prosperity can not but be viewed as a sinister intention to make the relations between the north and the south those of hostility and confrontation in which they can never get reconciled.

The double-dealing attitude will only hamper the smooth development of the north-south ties.
The south Korean authorities had better remember that it may find themselves in trouble should they continue such frivolous act at such a crucial moment as now. -0-


KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Face up to Trend of Times

Pyongyang, March 17 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are desperately inciting the atmosphere for sanctions and pressure on the DPRK, much upset by the ever-changing trend of the situation.
The Japan Times on March 7 said that Japan is most embarrassed under the prevailing situation, detailing the fact that the Abe group is calling for ratcheting up the pressure on the DPRK and claiming that the sanctions are proving effective.

Their stereo-typed rhetoric about "sanctions and pressure" is nothing but rubbish ignorant of the developments.
This is just the last-ditch struggling aimed to reverse the trend of the times made by the islanders who have fished in troubled waters by aggravating the situation on the Korean peninsula.

The Japanese reactionaries have always taken the lead in executing their U.S. master's policy of "maximum pressure".
The prime minister, foreign minister and other high-ranking politicians were all set in motion to solicit cooperation for putting pressure on the DPRK in the international arena and they meddled in the affairs of others, going shameless to ruin the feast of the Korean nation.

But the racket for sanctions and pressure which was pushed forward with much effort has already gone flat.
Japan, which clamored for monitoring the "sea smuggling activities" of the DPRK, tried to inveigle other countries while calling for "sharing burden" and "sharing monitoring". But no country is responding to it.

Japan zealously called for "strong solidarity among Japan, U.S. and south Korea" and "close cooperation" as regards the DPRK issue, but it faced only serious concern over estrangement of Japan.
Still now, the Japanese reactionaries are making a shrill cry demanding "sanctions and pressure on the DPRK", indicative of their extreme uneasiness over their frustration.

The situation is making a rapid change.
Now is a high time that Japan meditated over its policy toward the DPRK, facing up to the trend of the times for itself.
We have already warned that the Japanese reactionaries may not get a ticket for Pyongyang if they go ill-natured without discretion.
It would be wise for them to stop useless struggling and follow the trend of the times, before it is too late. -0-