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KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Settle Its Past Crimes
Pyongyang, September 3 (KCNA) -- Demand for Japan's settlement of its past has become more vocal in the international community. Such voice is now heard even in the U.S.
Some time ago, Brad Sherman, member of the House of Representatives, said at a talkfest that Japan should make a thorough acknowledgement, reflection and apology for its past war crimes.
A professor of George Washington University in an article for the Washington Post criticized Japan for its dishonest reflection on the past.
This shows the pressing need for Japan to settle its past and proves that everyone gets angry at Japan desperately and impudently denying its crimes of aggression.
Countries which committed crimes during wars including the Second World War made or are still making sincere apologies and reparations to the victimized countries, victims and the bereaved families for those crimes in conformity with the UN Charter and demand of the international community.
Shortly ago, the German president during his visit to Italy honored the memory of those killed by the SS units of the Nazis and requested for the apology and forgiveness of war crimes by Germany, confirming that German's responsibility for the crimes would never come to an end.
Contrary to this, Japan, a criminal state, impudently approaches its past.
Japan is such an impudent criminal state which has not yet admitted its war crimes more than seventy years since the end of the Second World War, to say nothing of apology, reflection and reparation for them.
Without any guilty conscience it is working hard to embellish and justify the blood-stained history and repeat it.
Japanese politicians made a group visit to the Yasukuni Shrine to pay homage to the war criminals in April and with the anniversary of its defeat as an occasion this year.
It is not accidental that the international community is deeply concerned about the behavior of the island nation including its persistent moves to retrogressively revise the constitution and boost the military muscle, its active efforts to make the "Self-Defense Forces" advance into foreign countries, its vicious economic retaliation and the farce to pull down the statue of a girl sexual slave for the Imperial Japanese Army.
As unanimously viewed by the international community, Japan is drastically veering to the right and its moves to distort history and revive militarism are getting undisguised with each passing day.
Japan persistently dodges an apology, reflection and reparation for its heinous crimes against the Korean nation and Asian people. This is the manifestation of its ambition to realize the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and become the "leader of the East" by repeating its history of aggression.
Japan is a country which drank a bitter cup of defeat after it challenged justice and human conscience in the last century.
It should immediately come out to liquidate its past crimes, squarely facing up to the trend of the times, if it does not want to see its disgraceful past repeating.
The past of Japan can, by no means, be forgotten or fade away.
The DPRK will certainly settle accounts with Japan for its past crimes. -0-
Exclusion of Korean Children from Free Education System Is Serious Political Issue: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) -- Japan's mean nature has been revealed in the world's eyes once again.
It is going to exclude the facilities for upbringing children of foreign schools including the schools of Koreans in Japan from the system of free infant education and upbringing that was introduced in May.
This intolerable act of national discrimination is an unprecedented fascist one aimed to stamp out the national identity of the Koreans in Japan.
It is a widely known fact that the Japanese reactionaries have long maneuvered in a mean way by stopping the disbursement of educational aid funds and excluding Korean high schools from the system of free education for high school students with a purpose to stamp out national education, lifeline of the movement of Koreans in Japan.
But it is the first time they have stretched the dark tentacles even to innocent kindergarten children.
Due to such vicious moves of the Japanese politicians, parents of children attending Korean schools are only left to face extremely unfair and heavy financial burdens of paying more consumption tax only to be excluded from the "free infant education and upbringing" that relies on the tax.
This is a revelation of the sordid intention to pressure the economic life of Koreans in Japan on purpose, undermine the national education of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and, furthermore, take Koreans in Japan away from the homeland and Chongryon.
The national education of Koreans in Japan is an inviolable national right as it is quite just in view of the historical background of the Koreans in Japan and the universally acknowledged principle on the education of overseas citizens.
The international convention on abolishing all forms of racial discrimination adopted in UN in 1965 also termed any forms of discrimination, rejection and restriction on the excuses of family line and nationality racial discrimination, and branded organizations encouraging such acts and those affiliated to it as international criminals.
The Japanese reactionaries are a group of morally depraved and lawless ruffians who do not bother to trample elementary humanitarianism and humanity in order to meet their dirty political purpose.
The issue of excluding Korean children from the system of free education and upbringing is an issue related to the stand and attitude toward overseas citizens of sovereign states and, furthermore, a serious political issue related to the attitude of the Japanese authorities to the DPRK, before a simple financial issue of giving monetary support to the parents of Korean children.
The criminal state Japan calls for dialogue in front but behind the scene, it grinds its teeth to do harm to the DPRK and Chongryon. This is Japan's true nature.
The Korean people and the international community now hardly repress the towering grudge at the Japanese authorities following in the footsteps of the brigandish Japanese imperialists who committed the unethical crimes of ruthlessly encroaching upon the right to existence and the right to development of Koreans in Japan, to say nothing of their inviolable right to national education during the colonial fascist rule over Korea in the last century.
The Japanese reactionaries must ponder over the catastrophic consequences from their dirty anti-DPRK and anti-Chongryon moves, and stop the reckless farce. -0-
Agreement for War Must Be Repealed: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, July 31 (KCNA) -- Demands for the abrogation of the south Korea-Japan agreement on protecting military intelligence have become increasingly vocal among various circles of south Korea.
After the south Korean "government" announced the reexamination of the agreement, political parties calling for democratic reforms welcomed it and the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and other progressive organizations expressed their support for it, saying that the product of the Cold War era should be abrogated.
This is an expression of anger towards and resistance to the Japanese reactionaries who add sin to the crimes Japan committed against the Korean nation in the past century, far from reflecting on them.
The said agreement is an extremely dangerous agreement for war which poses a grave threat to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region, as it was cooked up by Japan in conspiracy with the Park Geun Hye group in a bid to draw south Korea into its moves for reinvasion.
The conclusion of the agreement made it possible for the Japanese reactionaries to get various military intelligence, broader "military intelligence about the north" in particular, from south Korea on the "principle of mutual reciprocity".
The Japanese reactionaries are seeking a chance to reinvade Korea, the first target for their overseas aggression to realize the old dream of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere". Therefore, it is not difficult to estimate for what the Japanese reactionaries will use the "military intelligence about the north".
Japan's crazy moves for constitutional revision, arms buildup and moves for overseas expansion while loudly talking about "threat from north Korea" in recent years are all unthinkable without the effectuation of the agreement.
While taking retaliatory measures against the south Korean court's verdict forcing Japanese war criminal businesses to compensate south Korean victims of forced labor, Japan is calling for renewal of the agreement under the pretext of "cooperation in security". This is a revelation of their sinister intention to seek after their political and military profits, irrespective of worsening south Korea-Japan relationship.
The agreement is just a risky one representing the wild ambition of the politicians of the island country to occupy the Korean peninsula and furthermore put the whole region under control.
The point is that the agreement would plunge south Korea into serious danger of destruction.
As known, Japan does not hesitate in committing acts irritating south Korea over several issues like atonement for the past crimes.
It is just a suicidal act to offer information to those who are so impudent as to openly embellish the crime-woven history cursed by everyone and try to cover it up with a petty amount of money and to those who make no scruple of imposing restrictions on export to strangle other's economy.
All facts go to prove that the south Korea-Japan agreement on protecting military intelligence is utterly harmful to the Korean nation and other peoples in the region.
The war-inciting, peace-destroying agreement should be scrapped immediately. -0-
KCNA Commentary Hits Japan for Its Unreasonable Restrictions on Exports to South Korea
Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) -- Amid the ever mounting anti-Japanese sentiment in south Korea over the restrictions on exports to south Korea, the chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan said on July 16 that the restrictions were not a retaliatory measure but they were taken for "appropriate control of exports aimed at security".
His remarks are no more than vague explanation made by the guy who was upset by bitter public protest against issues like "suspicions of south Korea's exports of strategic materials to north Korea", all of which Japan described as pretexts for the restrictions after the south Korean court decisions ordering Japanese companies to compensate victims of forced labor during Japan's colonial rule.
Question is, just how the Japanese authorities explained, why they chose the present juncture for the restrictions on exports to south Korea.
Externally Japan finds itself isolated in the international arena, marginalized by the trend of peace in the Korean peninsula and the region, and faces an important political event, that is, the election of the House of Councilors at home.
It can be said that now is a crucial political moment for the Japanese politicians.
The Japanese reactionaries versed in drawing water to their mill at the sacrifice of others try to sacrifice south Korea, which they consider as an entity easy to deal with in the region, in a bid to get rid of their crisis at home and abroad.
And they are trying to destroy the trend of peace on the Korean Peninsula by putting pressure upon south Korea through the restrictions in a bid to create a political atmosphere favorable for realizing their wild militaristic ambition.
Furthermore, they seek to attain a medium- and long-term goal to deal a blow at the south Korean economy, arouse dissatisfaction at the authorities among south Koreans and thus help the south Korean pro-Japanese traitors, who were driven into a tight corner, come back to power.
On the other hand, they have carefully calculated to make their master undesirous of the aggravated south Korea-Japan ties consider the interests of Japan marginalized over the issue of the Korean peninsula.
They also seek to give a positive impact on the unity of and support for the rightwing forces at home through tightened restrictions on exports to south Korea so as to hold elections of the House of Councilors without difficulties and realize their long-desired aims including the revision of the Constitution.
Doing so will suffice Japan's political and diplomatic interests to help it make up for the loss from the deteriorating south Korea-Japan relations.
South Korean media and civic and public organizations stage a courageous struggle to lay bare the shameless sinister aim of Japan and protest against the unreasonable retaliatory economic measures.
This is the eruption of towering hatred and anger of the south Koreans towards the Japanese reactionaries attempting to wreck the hard-won peace in the Korean peninsula and the region by realizing their sinister political ambition at the sacrifice of south Korea.
All the fellow countrymen should take this opportunity to properly show the sworn enemy the strong spirit and mettle of the Korean people who love justice and never tolerate injustice. -0-
KCNA Commentary on Japan's Anti-DPRK Campaign
Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- There is an unprecedented atmosphere of reconciliation and peace in the Korean Peninsula and the region, but Japan is still crying out for ratcheting up the sanctions and pressure on the DPRK.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe on June 28 appealed to some state leaders participating in the G20 summit held in Osaka to thoroughly implement "the sanctions resolution" against the DPRK, blocking the trend of de-escalation of the situation in the region.
But soon after he talked such nonsense, the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. suddenly met at Panmunjom, which struck the world with wonder. As a result, all his efforts to seek sanctions and pressure on the DPRK were in vain; and he has become the laughing stock of the international community.
He is a really short-sighted stupid.
The more favorably the situation on the Korean Peninsula develops, the more unfavorably Japan is isolated. It is the stark reality.
It is the inevitable consequence of the foolish act of Japan to persistently enforce the hostile policy towards the DPRK, quite indifferent to the trend of the times.
Japan does not dare take part in the diplomacy among top leaders now lively underway with the DPRK in the center, but only implores others to make its existence being reminded. This deplorable plight further reveals the incompetence of the politically dull island country devoid of the ability to judge the situation.
The Tokyo Shimbun said on July 2 that Japan is the only country in the neighboring countries whose leader has failed to meet Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, adding that Abe's diplomacy was put outside the mosquito net again.
Notwithstanding, Japanese Foreign Minister Kono expressed the will to push ahead with the sanctions again shortly after the historic DPRK-U.S. summit at Panmunjom.
Japan is a political dwarf failing to see the trend of the times and its status.
Under the present situation and the regional structure, Japan can do nothing and there is no place for the wrecker of the regional peace.
Japan had better behave properly, well aware that it is a lonely sentry of the useless "sanctions resolution" against the DPRK. -0-
KCNA Commentary Rebukes Japan's Attachment to "Flag of Rising Sun Shedding Rays"
Pyongyang, June 12 (KCNA) -- Japan has now become more undisguised in its militarist ambition.
Recently the Japan Foreign Ministry posted the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" on its homepage with Japanese and English description reading "traditional symbol of Japanese government".
The sheer sophism that the flag design has long been used in Japan and has been widely accepted by the international community points to the dark-hearted intention of Japan.
The issue of hoisting "the flag of rising sun shedding rays" has touched off serious rebuff in the world. It is utterly brazen-faced for Japan to advocate the flag of the past war criminal state at this time.
Japan is fluttering the flag of the war criminal state and describing it as the "traditional symbol" though it is rejected as the symbol of militarism and aggression, a vivid expression of the ambition of territorial expansion of the islanders to realize at any cost the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" which went bust in the past.
The ceaseless provocation from Japan with "the flag of rising sun shedding rays" is aimed to clam down the resentment of the international community against the blood-stained flag of the war criminal state and justify the past aggression.
The Abe group tries hard to beautify the blood-stained flag but it can never conceal its true nature stained with aggression, plunder and man-slaughter.
The "flag of rising sun shedding rays" was military colors used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Pacific War in the last century.
The "flag of rising sun shedding rays" together with "Hinomaru" reminds people of Japanese militarism which went reckless with war frenzy and leaves them shudder at the unprecedented massacre committed by the Japanese imperialist monsters.
The crime-woven flag must have been taken to the rubbish ground of history together with the defeat of the aggression state.
However, the Japanese reactionaries made it the flag of warships after the emergence of the Maritime "Self-defence Force" only to disclose their criminal nature.
Warships of Maritime SDF and units of Ground SDF bearing the flag symbolic of crime are hell-bent on war exercises in different parts of the world and the flag is fluttered even in international games, to say nothing of meetings organized by ultra-right gangsters in Japan.
In October last year, the Japanese reactionaries reacted to the south Koreans' protest against the Japanese warship with the "flag of rising sun shedding rays", calling it an act out of common sense and an uncouth response. Now they have gone the lengths of openly defending and justifying the flag of the war criminal state before the world.
This amounts to an open declaration to set out on overseas aggression again, instead of repenting of the past crimes of aggression, and an intolerable insult and mockery of the Korean nation and the international community.
Tolerance of the flag of the war criminal state precisely means that of the overseas aggression by Japan.
Despite a long time since the defeat of Japanese imperialism, getting stronger is the rejection of the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" by the international community and running deeper is the hatred of it by the people of Korea and other countries in Asia.
Japan has to bear in mind that its option for world domination under the flag will bring it more miserable end. -0-
Hostility and Prejudice Will Lead Japan to Self-Destruction and Isolation: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The rash acts of hostility of Japan towards the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), an organization of overseas citizens of our dignified Republic, harden the Korean nation's will to settle accounts with the former.
At a recent meeting of the Cabinet ministers, the Japanese authorities, finding fault with Chongryon, defined it as an object subject to investigation under the Act for the Prevention of Sabotage, and adopted a decision to the effect that it is possible that the latter can commit a violent act of sabotage.
The Japanese authorities' branding Chongryon as an "anti-state organization" is a vivid manifestation of their deep-rooted hostile policy towards the DPRK and an expression of their vicious and black-hearted intention to crack down and stamp out Chongryon at any cost.
Chongryon has consistently worked for defending and ensuring the life and interests of Koreans in Japan and promoting friendship with the Japanese people as clarified in its action programme over 60-odd years since its formation.
It has conducted legitimate activities, abiding by international law and the Japanese laws without interference in the Japanese internal affairs and promoted mutual understanding and friendly exchanges between the peoples of the DPRK and Japan.
This being a fact, the Japanese authorities claim that Chongryon has been involved in the "abduction issue", "illegal export case" and "sci-tech support for the DPRK". This is sheer sophism.
This is nothing but the malignant prejudice to make the public take Chongryon as a "violent body" while antagonizing it for no justifiable grounds and regarding it as the target of crackdown and obliteration.
To look back on history, the Japanese reactionaries have kept Chongryon as the first target of their hostile moves towards the DPRK and persistently resorted to a host of smear campaigns and crackdown against it.
In particular, the Abe regime which set the hostile policy towards the DPRK as the national policy is getting more vicious in its moves against the DPRK and Chongryon.
The shooting spree at the Central Hall of Chongryon in February was followed up by the Japanese customs authorities' fascist crackdown against the students of Kobe Korean High School on their return to Japan after visiting their motherland. This not only offended the juvenile minds of children but seriously threatened even the life and safety of Koreans in Japan.
In March, the right-wing gangsters of the Japanese No. 1 Party insulted and decried the students of the Korean schools. The right of Koreans' children to national education was also trampled upon as evidenced by the justification of a stop to the payment of subsidies for the Korean schools.
What is stunning is that the Abe regime is hell-bent on depriving Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan of all their democratic national rights including human rights, right to living and the right to business and also the legitimate rights universally recognized by international law, while enforcing its own sanctions independent of the UN sanctions, quite contrary to its lip-service for dialogue with the DPRK.
All the facts go to prove that the decedents of samurais remain unchanged in their hostile attitude towards the DPRK and Chongryon despite the changed situation and peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula which draws the attention of the world community.
The encroachment on the national rights of the Koreans in Japan amounts to the encroachment of the sovereignty of the DPRK.
The Abe group should remember that Chongryon just represents the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK in Japan.
Reckless hostility and prejudice will lead Japan only to self-destruction and isolation.
The Japanese authorities would be well advised to roll back their anachronistic and hostile policy towards the DPRK and Chongryon, clearly understanding the trend of the times. -0-
KCNA Commentary on LKP's "North Wind" Farce in South Korea
Pyongyang, May 14 (KCNA) -- The conservative group of south Korea has again kicked off the farce of "north wind."
As already reported, the public campaign for petitioning for the dissolution of the "Liberal Korea Party" (LKP) began in south Korea on April 22 and the number of petitioners has exceeded 1.8 million.
Exasperated by this, LKP is talking about "wire-pulling by the north" to tide over the crisis.
The floor leader and others of LKP say they doubt whether "the north is behind the public petition campaign" and exclusion of LKP from discussion on selection of fast track issues among major reform bills at the "National Assembly" is just a deed done at "the beck and call of the north."
At first, LKP asserted that the petitioning campaign doesn't represent "public opinion," witnessing the explosive increase of petitioners. It then doggedly insisted on "fabrication." At last, it is going helter-skelter under the signboard of "coloring theory."
It is going so paranoid that it dares brand a million and hundreds of thousands of people, the ruling party and other opposition parties as "followers of the north" who are "acting under north's manipulation."
It clearly shows the twisted viewpoint of the group of traitors, which regards the people as hordes of pigs and dogs.
It also sheds light on the true colors of a pack of traitors who make no scruple of labeling all the "people" as the "enemy" and doing harm to the compatriots for their political interests.
Such farce of LKP to tide over its political crisis is no longer workable.
LKP should be well aware that its "north wind racket" aimed at grabbing "power" is pushing the pent-up public indignation to violent eruption and bringing a strong head wind only.
It is well evidenced by the recent inauguration of the preparatory committee of the "civil constitutional court for the dissolution of LKP" in Seoul and mounting public criticism in south Korea. South Koreans say that they are increasingly disgusted with the conservative party talking about north's deed and north's manipulation whenever it opens mouth, adding that LKP is pouring scorn on the public and they would not allow it to go with impunity.
The on-line public petition campaign for dissolution of LKP, the biggest one that has ever been observed in south Korea, is just the one LKP invited of its own accord as it always neglects the public and finds its way out in confrontation with the compatriots in the north.
Funeral bells are tolling for LKP whose desperate efforts only throw it deeper into pitfall of isolation and destruction. -0-
Japan's Crime of Distorting English Name of Korea
Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA) -- After illegally occupying Korea in the last century, the Japanese imperialists committed such extra-large crime as having distorted its English name.
Originally, the internationally recognized English name of Korea was Corea.
But the Japanese imperialists began to distort its English name as "Korea" from the end of the 19th century.
After divesting Korea of its sovereign right by cooking up the gangster-like "Ulsa Five-point Treaty" in 1905, they tried to cover up their sinister scheme with mixed using of "Corea" and "Korea".
It was evidenced by the fact that the Japanese imperialists had used "Corea" in English versions of agreements and memorandums concluded between Japan and the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910) until August 1909, though they began to use "Korea" in documents like official gazette of "Residency-General in Korea" from 1905.
They made frantic efforts to completely change "Corea" into "Korea" after the "annexation" of Korea.
Japan set up a "preparatory committee for annexation" in June 1910 and decided to mark the English name of Joson (Korea) with "Korea".
By putting the name of Korea next Japan in English alphabetical order, the Japanese imperialists schemed to make clear the subordinate relationship.
As seen above they had resorted to all sorts of dirty and vicious plots for turning Korea into their colony.
The Japanese imperialists ruthlessly trampled down on the Korean nation's dignity and sovereignty even by distorting its English name. This is a hideous crime unprecedented in human history. -0-
KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Make Thorough Reparation for Its Past Crimes
Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, the UK officially returned to Ethiopia a relic it plundered in the last century.
Hailing the humble liquidation of past crimes, big or small, the international community again weighs Japan against Germany over the issue of liquidation.
Germany and Japan are war criminal states that inflicted untold misfortune and catastrophe upon mankind by igniting the Second World War and the Pacific War. After the wars, they committed themselves not to repeat the crimes before the international community.
More than seven decades have passed, but the international community has seen Germany and Japan with diametrically different records of performance.
Germany enacted a "federal law on compensation for the victims of Nazis" and has made systematic reparations for relevant countries, organizations and people in the wake of the Second World War.
On June 12, 2007, the "memory, responsibility and future fund" of Germany declared the completion of 7 years-long reparation to the victims of conscript labor forced by Nazis during the Second World War. Germany had paid nearly 64 billion ¢æ in total to fulfill all its reparations for the Second World War.
It also wound up making reparations for the First World War several years ago.
Its efforts considerably improved its international image and carried more weight in the international community.
Quite contrary to it, Japan has totally denied its past crimes.
After the war, it set it as a target of its policy to turn itself into a military giant and has worked hard to build the "Self-Defence Forces" into the one for overseas aggression, claiming that "its defeat in the Pacific War was attributable to its weak power".
Now, Japan has nearly 230 000 soldiers on active service and strengthened the maritime SDF to be capable of carrying out the strategy of "attack on ocean".
Japan swallowed up a lot of countries in the Asia-Pacific, forcibly drafted 200 000 Korean women and more than 8.4 million Korean people to battlefields and slave labor sites and killed more than one million Korean people in the past. Without making an admission, apology and reparation for its past crimes, it is on fire with anachronistic sanctions against the DPRK, committing double or treble crimes against the Korean nation.
Therefore, it is quite natural for the international community to be enraged with Japan for seeking a permanent membership of the UNSC whose mission is to preserve global peace and security.
If Japan fails to feel ashamed of its past crimes, it can never be trusted by the international community.
The priority facing the present Japanese politicians is to liquidate the past.
If Japan wants to get rid of the ill fame of a war criminal state and to be a full-fledged member of the peaceful world, it should make a thoroughgoing apology and reparation for the past crimes.-0-
Japan's Ambition for Dominium over Tok Island Is Prelude to Reinvasion: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, February 27 (KCNA) -- Japan, oblivious of its crime-woven past, has an eye on other's territory again.
It set "Takeshima Day" (February 22) and claims that Tok Island is a "part of its territory".
As well known, Japan, not satisfied with naming Tok Island "Takeshima" at will, instigated the Shimane Prefectural Assembly to set the "Takeshima Day" out of the greed for other's territory in March 2005 and stages a farce for dominium over the island every year. A rally, the 14th of its kind, took place on Feb.22 in the presence of government authorities, which is a shameless distortion of history and gangster-like move to usurp other's territory.
Tok Island is an inalienable territory of the Korean nation.
The Korean people were the first to discover the island one thousand and hundreds of years ago and incorporate it into its territory. It was Korea that reconfirmed the dominium over the island on the basis of international laws and declared it at home and abroad for the first time.
The Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Declaration and memorandums Nos. 677 and 1033 signed and issued by the General Headquarters of the Allied Powers during and after the Second World War evidently confirm the legal status of Tok Island as a territory of Korea, whereas Japan's assertion of its dominium over the island has no justification to convince others from the geographical, historical and legal points of view.
Clear is the aim of Japan that persistently galvanizes domestic and international public opinion under the pretexts of "Takeshima Day" and "dominium" over the island.
It is to infuse the Japanese people with the aggressive fever just as the Japanese imperialists infected them with fascism in the last century, blur the international community's fair understanding of territory and thus provide conditions, environment and opportunity favorable for reinvasion.
It is evidenced by the fact that Japan set as "Takeshima Day" February 22 when it illegally put Tok Island under its jurisdiction over one hundred and ten years ago, and by a sentence of its relevant law that calls for "pushing ahead with a campaign for quick acquisition of dominium over Takeshima and building up public opinion on the issue of Takeshima".
Worse still, Japan is keen on ill-boding military moves like arms buildup and the drill based on the simulated conditions of recapturing remote islands, while inciting hostility towards the Korean nation and attempting to revise the Constitution. All the facts go to prove that Japan is going to reinvade Korea under the pretext of the issue of "dominium over Tok Island".
In case Japan, seized with revanchist ambition for supremacy, is going to realize its ambition for usurping Tok Island through physical action, it will be certainly developed into a war to conquer the whole of Asia.
Japanese reactionaries' assertion of "dominium" over Tok Island is, indeed, a prelude to reinvasion.
But Japan is seriously mistaken.
The Korean nation is by no means a small and weak one as it was in the past.
The international community keeps a close watch on the moves of the Japanese reactionaries who try to bring catastrophic disaster to mankind.
If Japan persists in its moves to seize Tok Island, oblivious of a lesson from history, requirement of the times and international anti-Japanese feelings, it will meet only ruin. -0-
KCNA Commentary on Double-dealing of S. Korean Military
Pyongyang, February 8 (KCNA) -- The south Korean military runs reckless in the arms buildup to mar the atmosphere of peace and stability.
After making public a "mid-term defense program" under the pretext of "coping with military threat and security change at present and those potential in the future," the south Korean military authorities are planning to spend more than 250 billion U.S. dollars for military spending - an increase of 13.6 per cent over the pervious time - under the program.
It constitutes an extremely dangerous act to swim against the desire of all the fellow countrymen for a durable and lasting peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, and an undisguised provocation against the DPRK.
The reckless act is a challenge to the historic north-south declarations that have won full support and welcome from the public at home and abroad and, at the same time, a flagrant violation of those declarations.
Last year, the north and the south committed themselves to leading the termination of military hostility in the confrontation area to the removal of the danger of war and hostility in the whole Korean peninsula and, in particular, to reducing armaments in proportion to the building of military confidence.
The south Korean authorities are obliged to ban all the acts running counter to the detente as specified in the declarations.
The military, which turned the whole of south Korea into the largest ammunition dump in the Far East under the pretext of non-existent "threat from the north", should have reduced without delay all of the lethal hardware against the fellow countrymen in the north in the present situation.
However, while trying to give a good impression that they are interested in the military detente, the south Korean military is seeking to spend huger military spending than that of the period of the tensions for arms buildup and the modernization of military hardware. They are even planning to purchase many F-35A, Global Hawk, SM-3 and other foreign military hardware.
The acts make the DPRK doubt the attitude of the south Korean military to value the trend of the present situation and to make the Korean peninsula a durable and lasting peace zone.
The military forces are describing their measures as an "act to lay a foundation for the increased self-defense capabilities", but it is nothing but double-dealing.
The military authorities never cover up the fact that their arms buildup is aimed at rounding off the system of attack on the north called "triad strike system" renamed "system of countering nuclear and weapons of mass destruction".
The reality clearly shows that the south Korean military is going to persist in the confrontation with fellow countrymen by force of arms.
Their reckless military act after the north-south agreement to end the fratricidal war incites our vigilance and causes serious concern among the public at home and abroad, and it adversely affects the development of the present situation.
Such double-dealing can never be pardoned as they are smiling a "reconciliation smile" before the DPRK but at the same time sharpening the sword of confrontation to prevent the peace from being ensured in the Korean peninsula and the region.
The south Korean military would be well advised to ponder over their acts as they may result in an undesirable thing beyond expectation. -0-
Source of Evils Should Be Uprooted: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, January 23 (KCNA) -- The gentry of the "Liberal Korea Party" confusing the whole society of south Korea are getting more reckless in their moves with each passing day, stunning the people.
When the south Korean prosecution started an investigation into Ryang Sung Thae, former president of the Supreme Court who is ringleader of judicial scandal, the conservative group of traitors covered the criminal, branding the investigation as an attempt of the government to seize the judicature.
The disgraceful behavior of the gentry of the LKP who patronize the criminal, not content with spawning all sorts of social evils, is a serious challenge to the south Korean people's mindset desirous of justice and democracy.
As known, Ryang Sung Thae is the A-class criminal who had consistently engaged in the fascist dictatorial politics sought by Park Geun Hye and worked hard to help her to stay in power under the mask of judge during the period of the past conservative regime and his criminal records are recorded in the whole society including the political, financial and cultural circles.
The Teachers Union was outlawed, the Unified Progressive Party was disbanded, democratic rights of the people were mercilessly trampled down and righteous struggles for independence, democracy and reunification were ruthlessly cracked down by the rogues who were reduced into running dogs of power.
They deliberately prolonged a trial for the compensation claim by the victims of forced labor drafted by the Japanese imperialists and maneuvered to make a verdict that Japan's war criminal companies which had bled the Koreans are not to blame for the crimes.
A crime of abusing the "law" for protection of the rights and interests of the people as a lethal weapon against them can never be pardoned.
Every sin brings punishment to it. It is too natural that the traitorous rule keeper is sternly punished by the people.
Nevertheless, the gentry of the LKP openly covered and justified the crimes committed by Ryang Sung Thae and thus revealed their true colors as the group of criminals.
In fact, all the crimes committed by Ryang are those under the directive instructions and positive support by the conservatives who took power at that time.
All facts go to prove that the south Korean people can never think about genuine freedom, rights and true life unless they root out the conservative group such as the LKP, the source of evils and group of criminals.
Today the remnants of the conservatives are going busy with enlargement of forces for replacement of the regime while longing for the past when they had been engrossed in the fascist rule, far from drawing a lesson from the merciless impeachment according to the demand of the candlelight demonstrators.
Liquidation of the conservatives and deep-seated evils is the stern demand of history and severe punishment by the people.
The group of traitors is bound to perish. -0-
KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Swim with Trend of Times
Pyongyang, December 22 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are going reckless to derail the regional situation.
Recently it carried out the test-fire of SM-3 Block 2A co-developed with the U.S. in the waters off Hawaii.
Earlier, the Japan Defense Ministry simultaneously made boreholes for ground survey in the Mutsumi drilling ground and the Araya drilling ground belonging to the Ground "Self-Defense Forces," sites proposed for ground interceptor missile system Aegis Usher, and made it known to the public.
Japan's incitement of the bellicose atmosphere is a serious act of harassing peace to chill the peace atmosphere on the Korean peninsula and the region and strain the situation.
The new trend for peace created on the Korean peninsula has positive impact on the peace and stability of the region and the world.
It is something strange to see Japan, which benefits more than others from the hot wind for peace, going busy with military actions while getting vocal about the non-existent "threats from north Korea".
It is the revelation of the crafty trick of the Japanese reactionaries to further ratchet up the tension on the Korean peninsula and meet their own interests.
The present favorable situation deprives Japan, a country that has rushed headlong to become "a war-capable country" up to now since its defeat, of any justifications to realize its military giant ambition.
This is the reason that the Abe authorities complained about the security environment around Japan in the new "defence guidelines program", saying that it is rapidly getting worse, and deceived the international community.
In actuality, Japan is rushing for a war-capable state that could inflict disaster on humankind again.
It decided to increase defence expenditure 6.4 % for the coming five years.
While envisaging investing huge fund equivalent to the military spending of world's military powers in the purchase for F-35 and other ultra-modern arms and equipment and weapon development, it is going to remodel Maritime "Self-Defense Force's" escort ship Izmo into an aircraft carrier.
It is natural to hear the voices of the worried public at home and abroad calling for "scrutiny into the necessity for the introduction of the U.S. interceptor missile defence system."
Japan chilling the peace atmosphere in the Korean peninsula and the region is the most dangerous aggression force, war force threatening peace and security of the world.
Japan will remain a forsaken island country in the international arena forever if it keeps going against the trend of the times. It has to remember this. -0-
KCNA Comments on Power Scramble among Die-hard Conservatives in LKP of South Korea
Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- A fierce strife has recently kicked off among the conservatives of south Korea to secure the post of representative of the "Liberal Korea Party" ahead of its convention, which has become a target of public criticism.
Former "Prime Minister" of south Korea Hwang Kyo An has buckled down to laying a stepping-stone toward the LKP hegemony, expressing his "full confidence to win the election at the convention." His growing impatience makes him call for joining LKP in a hurry and hosting a seminar, etc.
Former LKP Representative Hong Jun Phyo, not to be outdone by his rivals, also said "it's time to restore the honor," declaring his "return to realistic politics." Kim Mu Song has betrayed his inner intent to seize the actual power in LKP.
LKP Floor Leader Kim Song Thae is also going impudently, blustering that he would "challenge for party leadership for the sake of the conservatives and to win the next general election." He is busy speaking ill of his rivals in a bid to give a face-lift to his public image.
Such disgusting low-browed politicians' paradox and jibe-trading only shed light on their intrinsic nature - scramble for seizing hegemony.
They, being thirsty for power, don¡¯t mind the people¡¯s living.
LKP is on threshold of collapse at the cesspool of history after being forsaken by the public who branded it as the "den of deep-rooted evils".
It is utterly ridiculous that the group of traitors who should be liquidated as early as possible is going to hold a convention, and it is just a tragicomedy that those traitors are scrambling for power of such party.
All the "candidates" running for the LKP hegemony are just the worst criminals who threw the "state affairs" of south Korea into confusion and the people's living into misery by serving like a tool traitor Park Geun Hye who earned the ugliest fame in the political history of south Korea.
Former "Prime Minister" Hwang Kyo An, who claims to be the first on the support list in the conservative camp, is just the fascist cutthroat that earned an ill fame for masterminding various high-profile plots like the spy case of a Seoul City public officer and the case of Ri Sok Gi-led rebellion, only to suppress pro-reunification democrats.Hong Jun Phyo, Kim Mu Song, Kim Pyong Jun and Kim Song Thae, well known as modern-version political chameleons, are all snobbish ones who have spent time idly in muddy corrupt politics, hell-bent on corruption and irregularities, confrontation with the fellow countrymen and sycophancy to big countries.
It is quite natural that the power scramble in the group of traitors doing nothing good for the public but committing only sins is termed publicly a "philistines' dogfight for seizing party hegemony" and "farce of a stinking trash-like party."
A leopard cannot hide its spots. The unpopular and treacherous nature of the conservatives and their intrinsic ill habit of backbiting one another can never change.
The disgusting power scramble of the conservatives is provoking severer criticism by the public in south Korea. -0-
KCNA Commentary Hits Out at Japan's Military Moves
Pyongyang, November 10 (KCNA) -- Intensified overseas advance of Japan's military is drawing serious concern of the international community.
The Japan Ministry of Defense recently made a formal announcement that it would dispatch its Ground "Self-Defense Force" to Vietnam for the first time in Asia.
This means the expansion of the sphere of SDF overseas military operation to Asia. The sphere was confined to Africa, where SDF troops were deployed under the pretext of "UN peace-keeping activities."
On November 5 SDF kicked off the largest-ever joint military drills in league with the U.S. and Canada under the pretence of "stability of the India-Pacific region."
Commenting on it, Reuters reported on Nov. 3 that Japan has buckled down to military buildup, being concerned about the security of Asia and it dispatched its biggest warship Kaga to various countries in the India-Pacific region including Philippines, Sri Lanka, India and Singapore within two months this year. Observers appreciated that the joint military drills are targeted at China bolstering its military force in the South China Sea, the British news agency added.
The aim sought by Japan in intensifying military drills with various countries in an all-round way outside its archipelago is as clear as noonday.
It is to materialize the wild dream for overseas expansion by making SDF's military operation easier across the world and perfecting the actual war capability of SDF.
The Japanese reactionaries, being crazy about the revanchist ambition, have never dropped the wild dream for overseas expansion.
With the modification of the "Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Guidelines" and the adoption of the "security law" in recent years, Japan expanded the SDF's operational sphere confined to its vicinity to cover the whole world. It also made it possible to exercise the "right to collective self-defense" under the pretext of military aids to "allies."
SDF has cunningly paved its path for overseas expansion bit by bit under the pretext of "keeping peace" and "combating terrorism." It has reached the phase of beating its military drums across the world, hyping "proactive pacifism."
Now that politicians of Japan are hurrying to revise the constitution to specify the existence of the SDF in the constitution in the wake of Prime Minister Abe's reelection as president of the Liberal Democratic Party, it is clear that Japan is openly pursuing the overseas advance of its military.
Japan is a country which inflicted untold disasters upon the peoples of Asian countries in the past century. It is just a defeated nation which is banned from exercising the right of belligerency and the rights to participate in a war and having a regular army. Its military's projected overseas advance just means a war of aggression and such attempt is definitely a crime.
The Japanese reactionaries should be aware that their desperate military moves will only make Japan further isolated and rejected by the peoples of the region and the international community.
Revival of militarism will bring miserable ruin to Japan. -0-
KCNA Commentary Assails Japan's Ambition for Reinvasion
Pyongyang, October 8 (KCNA) -- Japan's preoccupation with aggression runs counter to mankind desirous of peace and stability.
Shortly ago, Japan insisted obstinately on sending a warship of its maritime "Self-Defense Force" with the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" to Jeju Island.
In the last century, the Japanese imperialists hanged the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" on the bayonet as a symbol of the "Yamato-Tamashi" in their aggression of Asian countries, advocating the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere".
The world people set themselves against Japan's assertion of use of the flag, trembling with anger at it.
Official persons of Japan such as the minister of Defense claim that the flag of the SDF warship showing the nationality is the icon of national sovereignty and the call for banning the use of the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" is an abnormal and rude action.
Japan's disgraceful behavior is an unpardonable insult and mockery of the Korean nation and international community aspiring after peace at a time when the promise and practical measures of the Korean nation to turn the Korean Peninsula into the land of peace are hailed and supported by the world people.
The history of aggression of Japan that committed indelible crimes against the Korean nation still goes on and Japan is adding crimes to it.
Far from making an apology and reflecting on its past crimes of aggression, Japan tries to set foot in this land with the blood-stained flag of the Imperial Japanese Army again, not content with claim to "dominium" over the inviolable land of Korea.
Japan is so shameless to demonstrate that it does not give up the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" as a war-capable state.
The wild ambition of Japan, the sworn enemy of the Korean nation, to harass peace can never be allowed.
Japan's criminal war flag will not be hoisted on the land of Korea at all.
All Koreans should come out as one in the struggle against the daily-growing ambition of the Japanese reactionaries to turn Japan into a military giant and their reinvasion moves. -0-
Who Disturbs Peace? : KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, September 24 (KCNA) -- Now the situation of the Korean Peninsula is developing favorably, as recognized by the public at home and abroad.
But only Japan claims it feels "threat" in this stable and peaceful trend of situation.
It recently conducted a ballistic missile interception test in the waters off Hawaii under the pretext of "threat" from someone.
Its defense minister stated in a news conference on September 18 that Japan is capable of intercepting any missile flying toward Guam from north Korea by using the Aegis MD system.
Such language is utterly ridiculous as it was spouted at a time when the trend is going toward dialogue and peace.
Then, what is the ulterior design of Japan going clamorous just like a bolt from the blue?
In actuality, Japan lowered the level of its "Self-Defense Forces'" alertness and vigilance against someone's "ballistic missile launch", withdrew the PAC-3 ground-to-air guided missile units deployed across Japan and terminated the noisy civilian evacuation drill in the wake of the June DPRK-U.S. summit.
It clearly proves that Japan not only senses the trend of peace but also benefits from it, and that it deliberately spreads the story of "threat".
What the Japanese reactionaries are afraid of is not just a "missile" of someone but the obstacle to their strategy like arms buildup, overseas expansion and amendment of the Constitution in the trend of the detente in the region.
Now the militarist wild ambition of Japan has gone beyond the red line, as evidenced by the fact that it cries out for seizing supremacy in "new spheres like outer space and cyber space" and pursues the development of supersonic cruise missile, a weapon of the next generation which will be a substitute for nukes, only to break the balance of security in the region and the world.
This being a hard fact, Japan still works hard to turn the regional situation back to the point of confrontation, talking about "cooperation in scaling up sanctions and pressure" and "intensification of the maritime monitoring." This is just a sly trick to dim the sharp eyes of the international community centered on it.
Who disturbs peace?
The Japanese reactionaries are just the forces endangering and disturbing peace as they seek to spoil the peaceful atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula, cause tensions in the region and thus get something in the troubled waters.
Japan should conduct itself, being aware that its brazen-faced acts will boomerang on it. -0-
Source of Evils Should Be Rooted Out in S. Korea: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The deep-rooted evils left by the conservative group of traitors throughout the south Korean society have been brought to light one after another in south Korea to stun the public.
Recently, it has been proved that the Park Geun Hye regime abused the judicial power in league with Ryang Sung Thae, former president of the Supreme Court.
According to 400 odd documents found at an administrative office of the court, Ryang's group, kowtowing to traitor Park who sought to maintain her conservative "power", committed so many evils like making unreasonable judgments against the democratic pro-reform persons and conducting illegal surveillance over the judges of progressive tendency.
The group also mapped out a court strategy for coping with the impeachment of Park and spearheaded a red-herring operation to help the conservative forces take the initiative in the then political situation.
Such ugly behavior of the swindlers under the lawyer's cloak who mercilessly violated the democratic rights of the people in cahoots with the Park Geun Hye group of conservatives who turned the south Korean society into the one reigned by fascism is, indeed, disgusting.
The watchdogs and defenders of the reactionary rule staged unjust trials to please traitor Park during her tenure of office.
It was evidenced by the case of Ri Sok Gi's attempted rebellion, the case of the Intelligence Service's interference in election, the trials against the Teachers Union and the Unified Progressive Party, the case of turning down the suit filed by the victims of the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army against the Japanese authorities. All those scandals in court are so terrible that they are beyond everyone's imagination.
The evildoers who played the role of a running dog of power made no scruple of declaring those following the group of Park not guilty and giving the verdict of guilty to those who did righteous deeds for independence, democracy and reunification.
The sword of "law" obliged to preserve justice and impartiality was reduced to a weapon for suppressing the people to maintain the conservative regime. This crime should never be pardoned.
That's why the political circles including the Minju Party and various civic and social organizations of south Korea have launched strong protests, saying Ryang Sung Thae can never go scot-free for flouting the "constitution" and abusing the judicial power to help Park Geun Hye who allowed illegal interference in state affairs, and calling for severe punishment of those involved in the case.
Against this backdrop, the conservatives of south Korea including the "Liberal Korea Party" are so shameless as to work hard to sweep under the carpet the criminal traces of the Ryang group which was in cahoots with them, asserting that "the people are concerned of the politicization of the judicature" and "there can never be dealings in court".
A saying goes that a leopard can never hide its spots. If the conservative group, the source of evils, goes scot-free, the south Korean society will again turn into a fascism-ridden one where injustice judges justice.
Every south Korean should turn out in clearing the deep-rooted evils left by the conservative group in order to set right the unjust judgments. -0-
Declaration of Termination of War Is First Process for Peace: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, July 24 (KCNA) -- There are growing voices demanding the adoption of declaration on the termination of war in south Korea.
The Headquarters for Peace Treaty Movement and other civic and public organizations comprising people from all walks of life, media and analyzers in south Korea call for the adoption of declaration on the termination of war this year as was agreed in the Panmunjom Declaration, saying that the "declaration is an entrance to peace on the Korean peninsula" and "the U.S. has to show a responsible attitude for lasting peace-keeping regime".
The south Korean authorities, too, clarified the adoption of the declaration as their goal for the year, which is supported by various political parties.
But it is only the "Liberal Korea Party" and other conservative forces that stand against it, insisting "the declaration on the termination of war does not mean the advent of peace".
This constitutes the desperate bid to stop the adoption, scuttle the trend for reconciliation between the north and the south and between the DPRK and the U.S. and to create the phase of acute stand-off and war on the peninsula.
As for the issue of the adoption of the declaration on the termination of war, it is the first process for defusing tension and building solid peace-keeping mechanism on the peninsula and a primary step for building confidence between the DPRK and the U.S. at the same time.
It has been almost 65 years since the conclusion of the armistice agreement, but ceasefire still persists on the peninsula.
Ceasefire can never mean the termination of war and it can not guarantee peace. This is a serious lesson taught by history.
The ceasefire that has lasted unprecedentedly long in history is like a time bomb set, threatening peace and security in the Korean peninsula, region and the rest of the world.
The Panmunjom Declaration clarified that it is a historical task which brooks no further delay to terminate the current abnormal ceasefire and build durable peace-keeping mechanism on the peninsula, and stipulated it as one of important commitments to declare the termination of war and convert the armistice agreement into a peace treaty.
The U.S., too, supported the issue of terminating war and this has already been agreed upon at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks.
The declaration on the termination of war in the peninsula can make a substantial contribution to peace in the region and the world and this will be beneficial both to the DPRK and the U.S. as well as to the international community.
The adoption of the declaration on the termination of war is the first and foremost process in the light of ending the extreme hostility and establishing new relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and also in the light of opening up new future for peace and security in the interests of the two peoples.
This issue should have been settled long before in view of the spirit of the Panmunjom summit talks and the DPRK-U.S. summit talks.
It is deeply regretful that the issue of the declaration on the termination of war that was agreed before the world has not yet seen its solution due to various conditions and excuses.
However, the riff-raffs like the LKP finding it hard to support itself after being abandoned are saying this or that about such an important issue.
This is a confrontational act of pursuing one's own dirty ambition, indifferent to the destiny and prospect of the nation.
Clear is the stand of the peace-loving forces towards the conservative group who behaves perversely while asserting that "declaration of the termination of war does not bring peace itself".
Peace can come only after the declaration of the termination of war. -0-
KCNA Commentary Advises Japan Not to Miss Opportunity for Redemption of Its Past
Pyongyang, July 3 (KCNA) -- Japanese Prime Minister Abe reportedly set "Japan-DPRK summit as a top diplomatic task", according to Tokyo Shimbun on July 1.
But its act is quite contrary to its zealous assertion.
It calls hoarse for sanctions and pressure on the DPRK while keeping faulting the DPRK over "abduction issue".
Speaking before the independent Dietmen's group sometime ago, Abe called for "keeping current sanctions until north Korea takes specific steps toward denuclearization".
This indicates his anti-DPRK hostility despite his lip-service for "dialogue".
"Dialogue" claimed by Japan does not stem from its sincere intent for the improvement of the DPRK-Japan relations but from its peculiar crafty calculation to save its face which has been marginalized from the trend on the Korean peninsula and belatedly hold its share in the Korean peninsula issue.
Japan's hostile policy toward the DPRK still remains unchanged.
Japan, left with no justifications for realizing its reinvasion and militarization due to the trend toward dialogue and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula, has become perverse, finding it hard to openly challenge the DPRK, and at the end is now making a show of itself.
It is in the same context that it is persistently building the public opinion over the "abduction issue" and maintaining the principle of hostility toward the DPRK.
Its contradictory act of keeping the one-sided policy of putting pressure on the DPRK despite its call for "warming ties" will only render its wretched plight more miserable.
The international community now demands Japan face up to the changed situation and search for a correct way-out in compliance with not only world peace and stability but its own interests.
Japan has to make a fundamental change in its awareness about the DPRK and take corresponding acts, if it truly wants dialogue with the DPRK.
It has to make a bold decision to redeem the past, not going so impudent as to talk about "sanctions" and "abduction".
Japan would be well advised not to miss the present time which is the best opportunity for Japan to redeem its past. -0-
KCNA Commentary Decries U.S. State Department's "Religious Freedom Report"
Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) -- The U.S. State Department again faulted the DPRK in "2017 International Religious Freedom Report" on May 29.
Enumerating "persecution" of religion and "arrest and detention" of believers in the DPRK, the report tried to make the "data" sound plausible.
Explicitly speaking, the U.S. rhetoric about "religious freedom" is aimed to destabilize sovereign states and create pretexts for invasion and intervention for regime change.
The U.S. speaks volumes about "religious freedom" but historical facts about religious persecution and abuses in the country prove it is not entitled to say anything about it.
To meet its interests, it branded Islam, one of three religions in the world, as a bellicose one, openly claiming that the only way of eliminating it is to "reform the entire Islamic forces and lead them to Western democracy".
As a result, the Mid-east has turned into a region troubled by daily occurrences of disputes among countries, nations, ethnic groups and religious factions.
Rampant are such bullying acts of burning holy Koran or throwing it into toilet and committing violence against women Muslims which add to the religious abuses committed by the U.S. worldwide.
The U.S. has shaken off its mask of "religious freedom" in Korea, recording hideous crimes related to religion in Korea.
During the Korean war, the U.S. massacred lots of believers, through indiscriminate bombing and slaughter, and destroyed more than 1 900 churches and related facilities in the DPRK.
The "missionary" work the U.S. practiced on this land was just imbuing people with sycophancy toward America and the American way of life, and egging die-hard reactionary elements into acts against the party, state and social system.
As shown, the annual presentation of reports is just aimed to tarnish the international image of the DPRK and justify its hostile policy toward the latter.
Such motivation-driven acts, guided by old perspective, in disregard of the true picture in the DPRK where the people's beautiful dream and ideal are brought into a reality by dint of the single-hearted unity among the leader, the party and the masses, would not bring any proper solution to any problem.
The U.S. has to think from a new strategic angle, away from such a foolish farce to mar the image of the dignified DPRK under the deceptive signboards of "human rights protection" and "religious freedom". -0-
KCNA Commentary on Fruition of DPRK's Peace Policy
Pyongyang, May 9 (KCNA) -- The historic Panmunjom meeting and talks between the top leaders of the north and the south of Korea and the April 27 Declaration are welcomed and fully supported by the whole world.
South Koreans from all walks of life and the whole world praise the event as "a new history of peace created by the bold decision of Chairman Kim Jong Un" and "historic event that provided a great turning point for the inter-Korean ties and peace on the Korean Peninsula". The Washington Post said that the present climate in the peninsula was attributable to Chairman Kim Jong Un and that it was the result produced by his self-confidence.
Even the U.S. president welcomed the event, saying that it is very glad news for the whole world including the north and the south of Korea.
This shows that the recent north-south summit and the Panmunjom Declaration are an epoch-making event guaranteeing peace and security in the peninsula and the region, and meet the interests of the U.S.
As already known, it is the invariable stand of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government to struggle for peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the world.
Thanks to the will and efforts of the Party and the government of the DPRK to end the history of confrontation in the peninsula and make a proactive contribution to regional security and global peace, active measures such as policy of making a great switchover in the north-south relations were taken one after another early in January this year.
The international community recognizes that those measures were the ones the north had long prepared and took as a strategic option to overcome the crisis in the peninsula, irrespective of the U.S.-led sanctions against the north and the examination of military action against it by the Trump administration.
The inter-Korean summit and declaration welcomed by the world are the priceless fruition of the DPRK's policy of defending peace.
This being a hard reality, such nonsense as "result of maximum pressure" and "option chosen at the limit" is heard from within the U.S. administration.
Such nonsense is a sophistry that can be made only by those with the Cold War way of thinking.
Such rude remarks may reverse the situation in the peninsula to the original one.
The U.S. should bear in mind that it will confirm to the demand of the world community and to its own interests to show etiquette and sincerity to its dialogue partner. -0-
Dok Islets Are Part of Korean Nation's Inviolable Territory: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, April 11 (KCNA) -- The Japanese government finally confirmed the teaching manuals stipulating that senior high schools are duty-bound to educate their students in the idea of Japan's "dominium over Tok islets."
Teaching manuals of similar contents for elementary and middle schools were made public just one year ago.
As a result, the students of elementary, middle and senior high schools in Japan are bound to be infused during their whole courses with the wrong claim that Tok islets are a part of "Japan's inviolable territory" and south Korea has "illegally occupied" them for decades, and with the twisted idea beautifying the past Japanese imperialists' wars of aggression and colonial rule over other countries.
The Abe cult persists in history distortion and education of rising generations in the idea of seizing other's territory. This is just a wanton provocation to the sovereignty of the Korean nation. It is also a product of its criminal design to instill the wild ambition for reinvasion into their minds and thus use them as a shock brigade for invading Korea.
Such history distortion rampant in education is attributable to the Japanese reactionaries' wild ambition for turning Japan into a military giant and launching reinvasion.
Abe is just a "pure-blooded militarist" who inherited the idea of the war criminals who masterminded the invasion of the continent in the past. His highest political goal is to make Japan shake off the disgrace and yoke as a defeated nation and take the path of overseas expansion.
Retrogressive revision of the Pacifist Constitution and distorted history education serve as twin pillars for propping up his scenario.
The Abe cult has pushed ahead with the revision of constitution and twisted history education for training the rising generations to be main players of reinvasion in a bid to make Japan a "country eligible to ignite a war," asserting "to change the constitution and educational system with their own hands is just little short of breaking with the post-war system."
The constitutional revision is imminent and twisted education on territorial claim has gone beyond the red line.
"'Abe's economics' is on the verge of bankruptcy and 'Abe's politics' is suspected of violating constitution, and 'Abe's military science' is rushing headlong into arms buildup. But all these will not be more serious than the harm which 'Abe's pedagogy' will do to the future of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region." This is a paragraph from foreign media.
Now organizations of political, social and civic circles in south Korea are raising their voice of protest. They are accusing the Japanese government of refusing to reflect on its past imperialistic aggression by instilling the wrong viewpoint on history into the rising generations, saying its rude language and acts wounding the public self-esteem will only precipitate its isolation.
As proven by history and as recognized by the world, Tok Islets are just a part of the inviolable territory of the Korean nation as were in the past.
"Dominium over the Tok Islets" touted by Japan is just nonsense.
Japan should no longer claim other's territory.
The more it claims other's territory, the stronger reaction from the international community it will face. And its poor image as a defeated nation and an aggressor nation will more boldly project.
The south Koreans should respond to the moves of Japan to grab Tok Islets with a stronger campaign for defending them. -0-
KCNA Commentary Warns Japan against Going Reckless
Pyongyang, April 3 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries have become all the more pronounced in their moves for arms buildup.
Recently the Japan Defense Ministry buckled down to earnest moves to remake escort ship of Maritime "Self-Defense Force" Izumo into a carrier. To this end, it is stepping up the purchase of ultra-modern Stealth fighter F-35 and the introduction of take-off and landing technology from the U.S. and Britain.
Earlier, the Japan government decided to deploy the U.S. interceptor missile defense system Aegis Ashore on the land of Japan.
As proven, Japan's arms buildup being pushed forward under the signboards of "exclusive defense" and "re-organization of defense forces" is clearly the indication of increased nature of attack and aggression of the SDF.
Due to the moves to turn Japan into a military giant that have long been pushed forward, the SDF has undergone remarkable qualitative and quantitative change as perfect attack forces, after going beyond the level of defending the Japan proper.
This year alone, Japan decided to spend the biggest-ever budget for defense running at 5.1911 trillion yen and even hinted at a budget for long-range cruise missile, preemptive attack weapon, only to touch off controversy.
In March, the general ground command providing uniform control over all the ground SDF units was formed and amphibious task force was established as a special team for landing operation under the pretext of "defending a remote island in the southwest". All this has been carried out as an extension of the moves to revive the "imperial army" system which earned an ill fame for aggression and plunder.
Furthermore, the Abe group is thinking of specifying the existence of the SDF in Article 9, a key point of the "pacifist constitution", in order to grant the attack forces legality and provide them with legal ground for an aggression war.
All facts highlight the danger and severity of the modernization moves of the SDF which is dashing headlong into realizing the ambition for overseas expansion and this has touched off serious concern of the international community.
A press spokesman for the Defense Ministry of China at a weekly press conference on March 29 said that Japan's tendency in the field of military security has aroused concern of neighboring countries in Asia and the international community for historical reason and other reason in light of reality, adding its tendency to develop attack means which exceeds the need for "exclusive defense" arouses increased vigilance.
Russia, too, expressed high vigilance against Japan which is getting keen on introducing the U.S. interceptor missile defense system.
The present times are no longer what they used to be in the past when Japan provoked Sino-Japanese War and Russia-Japanese War at will to contain regional big powers by force and go roughshod over in Asian countries.
The Japanese reactionaries should clearly face up to the high vigilance of the international community and should not follow in the footsteps of their predecessors who were put to shame.
The SDF can never evade the fate of the Imperial Japanese Army unless it changes its purport of modernization. -0-