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Trump¡¯s Lose-Lose Proposition in Korea-His exorbitant demands on the South alienate yet another ally in a dangerous region.

By The Editorial Board of NYT
The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. Nov. 21, 2019

President Trump¡¯s conviction that allies are getting American military protection at a bargain-basement price is well known. It is also dangerous, as his current tiff with South Korea demonstrates.
Mr. Trump has groused about the cost of keeping 28,000 American troops on the Korean Peninsula and has reportedly questioned whether they should be there at all. On Tuesday, his outlandish demand that the South Koreans roughly quintuple what they pay the United States led to an abrupt breakdown of negotiations on how to divide the cost.

In a troubling coincidence, the impasse came a day after North Korea ? the main reason American troops are there ? slapped down Mr. Trump¡¯s tweet urging Kim Jong-un to revive talks on ending the North¡¯s nuclear weapons program, which the president concluded with a playful, ¡°See you soon!¡± Mr. Trump even postponed a scheduled joint Air Force exercise with South Korea to entice Mr. Kim to meet with him again. North Korea responded dismissively that it had ¡°no intention to sit at the table with the tricky U.S.¡±

Talks with North Korea may yet resume, and the American troops in South Korea will not be leaving anytime soon, thanks in part to bipartisan congressional resistance to Mr. Trump¡¯s dumping on allies while hobnobbing with dictators.

The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, whose name boldly proclaims its intent, includes a requirement that the president justify any sanctions relief to North Korea before Congress. And the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 bars using any military funding to reduce American forces in South Korea below 22,000, unless the secretary of defense can certify that allies have been consulted and that the reduction won¡¯t harm their, or America¡¯s, security.

Still, Mr. Trump¡¯s mercantile approach to stationing American troops abroad is highly detrimental to America¡¯s role in the world, and to its own security and prosperity. In effect, he reduces the Americans abroad to a for-profit mercenary force, willfully ignoring the fact that they have been stationed in South Korea since the end of the Korean War not only to protect the South Koreans, but as the front line of the free world. Their presence affirms America¡¯s position as a bulwark against the ambitions of suspect actors, including China, a role that pays concrete dividends in peaceful trade. How the waning of American influence could play out was demonstrated by an announcement Sunday that the defense ministers of South Korea and China had signed an agreement on improving their security ties.

And South Korea is not getting a free ride, even by Mr. Trump¡¯s abacus. Seoul pays almost half the cost of maintaining American troops in South Korea and spends much of its arms budget in the United States. Those same troops would cost far more to maintain on bases in the United States, and their duties in South Korea provide real-world training that exercises at home could never duplicate.

Perhaps most damaging, Mr. Trump¡¯s unreasonable compensation demand undermines yet another alliance. South Koreans have consistently shown overwhelming support for their alliance with the United States, whether under dovish or hawkish presidents. Mr. Trump¡¯s demands, however, have provoked outrage.

There is never a good time to squander political capital or weaken alliances, but this is an especially bad one in Asia. For all the hype about Mr. Trump¡¯s meetings with North Korea¡¯s dictator, the North is continuing to test missiles, while China is rapidly growing as a powerful and ambitious rival in Asia. And South Korea is entangled in a nasty feud with America¡¯s other major Asian ally, Japan. Not surprisingly, Mr. Trump is also demanding that Japan fork out four times more than it has for American troops, though those negotiations are still some time off.

South Korea is wealthy, and should increase its share of the cost of American troops, as it has every five years for decades and would most likely do again in normal negotiations. But Mr. Trump¡¯s outrageous demand, coming out of thin air and far beyond anything the South Korean government or Parliament could countenance, is an insult that serves only to alienate a critical ally, weaken America¡¯s standing and raise more questions about America¡¯s reliability as an ally or partner.
The winners? North Korea and China.


Rabid Dog Must Be Beaten to Death: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 14 (KCNA) -- A rabid dog in the U.S. has another fit of spasm, being greedy for power.
Biden bereft of elementary appearance as a human being, much less a politician, again reeled off a string of rubbish against the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.

A crow is never whiter for often washing. Biden, still going reckless, not coming to his senses though he was censured and rejected by all people, must be a rabid dog only keen on getting at others' throats.
Such rabid dogs are second to none in their craftiness in seeking their own interests.

A typical example is in 2011 when he, as the then vice-president, categorically rejected the preparations being pushed forward in the U.S. to kill Osama bin Laden.
He reportedly called for reconsidering the operation, because in case the operation goes futile, Obama will not be able to come to power and he will also have to say goodbye to his comfortable life in the White House.

Such a profiteer who ran for the two failed presidential elections has now gone zealous in another presidential election campaign, wandering about like a starving field dog.
He even forgot the name of Obama, whom he had served, and called him his senior, a sign of the final stage of dementia. It seems time has come for him to depart his life.

No wonder, even the Americans call him "1% Biden" with low I.Q., "mad Biden", and "Biden not awakened from a sleep".
Such a guy had the temerity to dare slander the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK. It was the last-ditch efforts of the rabid dog expediting his death.

Baiden, listen carefully.
Anyone who dare slanders the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK, can never spare the DPRK's merciless punishment whoever and wherever. And he will be made to see even in a grave what horrible consequences will be brought about by his thoughtless utterances.

Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about. They must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late.
Doing so will be beneficial for the U.S. also. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Military Provocation of South Korea

Pyongyang, October 26 (KCNA) -- The military of south Korea has gone beyond the red line in its reckless act of belligerency.
The commander of the missile command of the south Korean army announced at the "National Assembly" that it would conduct a ballistic missile firing drill again this year and regularly stage Hyonmu-series ballistic missile firing drill every year.

This is just an open declaration of war to open fire at the compatriots in the north and an intentional provocation to throw the Korean peninsula into lingering tensions.
As known, Hyonmu-series ballistic missile was developed to target the DPRK and its capacity for preemptive attack has been drastically increased for decades since its introduction.

The military of south Korea has constantly threatened the DPRK, screwing up tensions by ceaselessly conducting ballistic missile launching drills behind the curtains of dialogue and peace.

Billing it as a "missile with a longer range and stronger power than the north's", the military of south Korea has conducted its firing drill more than ten times this year. Not content with this, it has gone the lengths of openly calling for staging such drill on a regular and annual basis.
Such military provocation will doubtless escalate tensions in the Korean peninsula.

The situation clearly proves who wrecks peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and adds fuel to its tensions.
The hard-won phase of peace on the Korean peninsula is facing difficulties and the north-south relations plunged into deadlock. This is because the south Korean authorities are still seeking their way out in escalating the danger of war, failing to drop their confrontational posture.

It is just the south Korean warlike forces who talked about "reconciliation" in public and staged a north-targeted war games with foreign forces afterwards, touting "unchanged pressure offensive against the north," and lavished a fabulous amount of money on introduction of modern military hardware despite the public opposition inside and outside.

The south Korean regime has gone so shameless as to term the entirely just measure of the DPRK for self-defense "provocation" though it has been crazy about war drumbeats for confrontation with the latter.
Anachronistic confrontational military racket will add fuel to escalating tensions and the south Korean bellicose forces will never be able to endure its consequences.

The military of south Korea should drop its foolish dream for bringing the north-south relations back to the past when the relations were distressed with extreme confrontation and danger of war. -0-


KCNA Commentary Criticizes S. Korean Crooked Politicians' Farce

Pyongyang, October 11 (KCNA) -- Crooked politicians of south Korea persist in provoking the DPRK.
The riff-raff in the south Korean "National Assembly" recently orchestrated a farce of adopting a "resolution for denouncing the north's accelerated development of nukes and missile provocation and preventing its recurrence, asserting that the DPRK's step for bolstering its capabilities for self-defense poses a threat to global peace and stability and goes against the idea of the north-south agreement in the military field.

This is just an intolerable insult to the DPRK and an unpardonable crime that pushes the deadlock in the present north-south relations to a catastrophe.
As already clarified, the DPRK's step for bolstering up its state capabilities for self-defence is an entirely just one for exercising its physical power, which pertains to independence of a sovereign state, and no one is entitled to find fault with it.

The U.S. and the south Korean authorities are wholly to blame for compelling the DPRK to take countermeasures for removing potential and direct threats to its state security.
The war-like forces of south Korea, though they were well aware that their moves would certainly provoke a strong reaction by its dialogue partner, have persistently staged joint military drills irritating and threatening the DPRK and introduced offensive military equipment.

Behind the scenes, they conducted more than ten ballistic missile tests targeting the compatriots in the north. They are mulling conducting such test even abroad.
This being a hard fact, political racketeers of south Korea cooked up a "resolution" taking issue with and criticizing the DPRK, just like a man shouting wine and selling vinegar. It is a political farce reminiscent of a thief crying "stop thief!"

As a saying goes that the leopard cannot change its spots, it is not surprising that the conservative coteries of south Korea including the "Liberal Korea Party", which have desperately disturbed national reconciliation and unity and national reunification, are spouting rubbish inciting confrontation with the compatriots in the north and adding fuel to the escalating tensions.

What cannot be overlooked, however, is the fact that the ruling party of south Korea, which talked more than any others about improvement of the north-south relations and reunification, actively took part in the fabrication of the provocative "resolution" in collusion with the LKP labeled as a treacherous party.

This goes to clearly prove that its rhetoric of dialogue and peace is just hypocrisy.
It is self-evident that it is not possible to discuss the destiny of the nation with those who unhesitatingly throw away the north-south agreement and commit high treason for the sake of their partisan interests and policy.
The DPRK will never pardon any political forces of south Korea provoking it. -0-


KCNA Commentary Censures U.S. Senator's Anti-DPRK Remarks

Pyongyang, September 5 (KCNA) -- Some time ago, Ted Cruz, senator of the U.S., dared to slander the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.
His mud-slinging is a politically-motivated provocation to the DPRK as it represented the perspective of the conservative lawmakers on the DPRK, not just his own personal view.

His remarks made at an acute time when the DPRK-U.S. dialogue is in a stalemate and nobody is sure whether the situation will keep going on the path of detente or go back to the origin of confrontation are, indeed, very dangerous ones just like adding fuel to the flames.

As a descendent of a renegade who fled his motherland Cuba, Cruz took the lead in branding the former U.S. administration's plan to recover the relations with Cuba as a "tragic mistake". When a resolution demanding the lift of the U.S. blockade against Cuba passed the UN General Assembly session by an overwhelming majority in October 2016, the human scum asserted that the policy on sanctions on Cuba must remain a must policy and law of the U.S.

When he was competing for the presidency on the Republican ticket in 2016, he spouted the rhetoric that the nuclear pact with Iran dramatically damages the interests of the U.S. and that if he becomes president, he would immediately mount a military attack on Iran, only to be called a war maniac.

When there occurred a terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium in March 2016, he called for immediately stopping the plan of receiving evacuees from Syria, while treating Muslims as "criminals" and also called for tightening patrol and guard in the Islamic settlements, only to be branded as a radical racist in the U.S. political circle.

No wonder, heavyweight lawmakers from the Republican Party contended if he becomes a presidential candidate from the Republican Party, it will be a big disaster.
He, therefore, has become notorious not only in the U.S. but even in the Republican Party as "an ultra-rightist detested by everyone", "a liar" and "a demon in human shape".

His behavior is sure to make everyone take him as a remnant of Nazis with extreme misanthropy or a hysteric psychopath bereft of reason.
We will never pardon whoever provokes the dignity of the supreme leadership of our country but will make those pay dearly for what they have done by all means. -0-


KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Drop Bad Habit of Faulting Others and Redress

Pyongyang, August 23 (KCNA) -- "Specified missing persons", who were suspected "to have been abducted by north Korea," have been found one after another in Japan.
The police of Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan recently announced that a man in his seventies who had gone missing in 1974 was found and that the findings ruled out the possibility of being abducted.

The man who, Japan asserted, had been "abducted" by the DPRK was found to live in his own country for decades, which leaves no excuses for Japan to defend itself. It clearly shows once again that "the issue of Japanese abducted by north Korea" much touted by Japan was an absurd make-up.

It comes to be another occasion to vividly expose the sinister intention of Japan persisting in the already worn-out "abduction issue", bringing a disgrace on Japan drawing the international community's ridicule.

The "abduction issue" is one of the most flagrant means exploited by the Japanese reactionaries to stifle the DPRK.
It is a stereotyped trick of Japan to groundlessly connect suicides and missing persons, inevitable products of its social evils, with the DPRK and spread "rumors about suspicion of abduction by north Korea."

Years ago, a member of the House of Representatives of Japan was so angry with the Japanese team's defeat in a World Cup qualifier against the DPRK team to say that if Japan had won, the Japanese players would have been abducted and that the coach did much for preventing the abduction. Such reckless remarks show the absurdity of Japan's clamor for "abduction".

The Abe group has become all the more desperate in the "abduction issue" campaign with each passing day.
Setting "the settlement of abduction issue as its most important task," the Abe group is concentrating all the efforts of the government, the Diet and non-governmental organizations on it and, at the same time, is going to internationalize and politicize it.

The Japanese reactionaries tried to put the "abduction issue" on the DPRK-U.S. negotiating table, which was snubbed only. Their despicable behavior is a manifestation of the cunning nature of islanders who are accustomed to care only for their own interests by pulling up others.

Japan's cheat never works on anyone.
Clear is the aim sought by the Japanese authorities in misleading the world public opinion with the already settled "abduction issue".
It is their sinister intention to defame the dignified DPRK by branding it as a "terrorist state", act the part of "victim" in the eyes of the international community and thus get rid of the responsibility for the past crimes.

As acknowledged by the international community, the unethical crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists in the last century are the heinous ones to which no statute of limitations is applicable.
In particular, the hideous abduction of Koreans by Japan can be buried in oblivion.
Japan must clearly understand that the liquidation of the past is its unavoidable responsibility.

Japan's desperate efforts to cover up its past crimes with the deceptive "abduction" farce will only double the will of the Korean people to settle accounts with it.
Japan had better abandon its bad habit of faulting others and properly liquidate its dirty past. -0-


KCNA Commentary Blasts LKP "Theory of Nuclear Armament"

Pyongyang, August 12 (KCNA) -- The south Korean conservative forces are openly crying out for the "theory of nuclear armament" such as "NATO-style nuclear sharing," "redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons" and "nuclear self-development", faulting the DPRK with its just military steps.

In particular, the "Liberal Korea Party" (LKP) bluffed that they would put the said theory under public discussion through the people's petition movement, all-people signature movement and seminar.
This is a traitorous reckless act to bring a horrible nuclear disaster to the fellow countrymen and another farce showing the baseness of the conservative forces obsessed with the idea of confrontation with fellow countrymen and the ambition for power.

One can easily imagine the consequences the conservatives' "nuclear armament" will bring to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, the region and the world.

The peninsula will be put in a touch-and-go situation, the whole of south Korea will be put in the ranges of the preemptive nuclear strikes by big powers and the peace process in the region will become hopeless.
The "theory of independent nuclear armament" touted by the conservatives comes under fire even by the international community, to say nothing of the public in south Korea.

Kyunghyang Daily News in an editorial on July 30 said that "if south Korea goes nuclear, it will bring about a nuclear domino effect in Northeast Asia, thus posing a more serious threat. The tactical nuclear redeployment is also the same." The paper also said that the assertion of the LKP is unreasonable and impossible.

Then what are the conservatives seeking through their noisy trumpeting about the theory?
Lurking behind this is the sinister ambition to improve the LKP's image as "security party", rally the conservative forces and come back to power by deteriorating the situation in the peninsula by inciting the danger of a nuclear war.

The LKP is an "instability political party" and a "disaster party" that will bring a self-destructive nuclear disaster as it is crying out for the theory, bereft of elementary thinking and judging power.
The vile acts of the conservatives seeking the sinister political interests through the reckless "security racket" that threaten the destiny and peace of the fellow countrymen now invites bitter protest at home and abroad.
The south Korean conservative forces should clearly understand that the absurd theory is just self-destructive one with which they will cut their own political lifelines. -0-


Japan's Ambition to Reinvade Korea Will Only Ruin Its Future: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) -- Japan is getting more and more undisguised in the moves to fulfill its ambition to become a military power.
Japan recently launched an Aegis ship, the eighth of its kind of the Japan Maritime "Self-Defense Force," in Yokohama City.
Against this backdrop, Japan dispatched the "Self-Defense Forces"(SDF) to the Australia-U.S. joint military exercises so as to make them proficient in the landing and attacks in the sea and on the coasts.

In the meantime, demands for "enacting a new law" over the dispatch of troops to the Middle East have become openly vocal in the political circles.
This clearly shows the black-hearted intention of the Japanese reactionaries to regain the position of the suzerain state by becoming a military power and achieving its ambition for overseas expansion.

Japan has emerged as a dangerous force of war and aggression, challenging mankind desirous of peace after its defeat.
Japan pressed ahead with improving the SDF both in quality and quantity, disregarding the legal restrictions banning Japan from having the right of belligerency, the right to participate in a war and the right to have a regular army. As a result, it is now capable of carrying out war everywhere at any time.

Not content with this, it earmarked 50 billion U.S. dollars for military preparedness every year for the coming five years. The sum of money is more than those in the UK and France. The Japan Maritime SDF has more naval forces than those of the said countries but keeps purchasing many ultra-modern offensive weapons.

The south Korean MBC, recently commenting on Japan's arms build-up, called Japan's military forces too great ones for a country with the constitution banning war and offensive forces, not defensive forces.
Japan intensifies military drills with various countries in an all-round way outside its archipelago. Its aim starts from its deep-rooted aggressive ambition and its first target is the Korean peninsula.

Even at this moment, the Japanese authorities go ahead with deploying Aegis Ashore which upsets the strategic balance in the region while threatening with every effort the peaceful atmosphere on the Korean peninsula and the region. And they don't bother to make such warlike reckless remarks that "they can intercept missiles from north Korea".

They are trying to find their way to the Korean territory in the future under the guise of a "state offering war service" i.e. necessary combat staff and equipment in case of emergency on the Korean peninsula.
This clearly proves that although the general trend changes, Japan remains unchangeable in its ambition for reinvasion to achieve the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" by hastening the drive for turning Japan into a military power.

Japan must listen to our warning that the end of its useless ambition just means a ruin.
As the result of the recent election of members of the House of Councilors shows, the people's mind in Japan also hopes that Japan will develop into a peaceful and normal state, not a war state.
Japan's daydream to shape the future of mankind again with its past yardstick full of greediness will bring about only a self-ruin of the island nation. -0-


Japan Can Not Flee from Atonement for Past: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) -- Days ago, civic organizations in Saitama Prefecture held a rally on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of "the July 7 incident" provoked by the Japanese imperialists.
At the rally, the participants denounced the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists in the past and demanded that the present Japanese government have correct perceptions of the history of aggression and honestly reflect on it.

It shows that time is not a medicine for people's curse and hatred against the brutal aggression by militaristic Japan.
The thrice-cursed crimes Japan committed in the last century were unprecedented in terms of brutality, atrocity and unlawfulness.

On July 7, 1937, Japan engineered the "Lugou Bridge incident" to provoke a general war against China. It plunged China into sea of blood and committed all sorts of atrocious crimes including slaughter, plunder and arson for nearly 3 000 days.
Earlier, in 1905 the Japanese imperialists illegally occupied Korea and enforced brutal colonial rule in a bid to turn the Korean Peninsula into a springboard to invading the continent.

They abducted and forcibly drafted 200 000 Korean women and over 8.4 millions of young and middle-aged Koreans to reduce them into sexual slaves, bullet-shields and talking labor tools, and massacred more than one millions of innocent Korean people. Such heinous crimes committed by Japan still evoke towering anger of the Korean nation.

So, Japan should make thorough apology and reparation for inflicting untold misfortune and pain upon the Korean people and other peoples of Asian countries.
However, the behavior of the island country is too shameless.
While justifying the war of aggression, Japan still denies the thrice-cursed crimes it committed against humanity.
Far from drawing a lesson from the filthy and disgraceful history, it is keen on revision of laws and arms buildup for reinvasion.

In fact, Japan has already turned itself into a war-capable state and is waiting for a chance of reinvasion.
But, Abe group's moves sharpen the vigilance of the international community over Japan and harden the will to settle accounts with Japan.

Mankind will never pardon those posing grave threat to global peace and security and trying to bring miserable disaster to the region again, and will force them to dearly pay for it.
Japan can never flee from the atonement for the past. -0-


KCNA Commentary Blasts Japan's Invariable Ambition for Reinvasion

Pyongyang, June 28 (KCNA) -- Japan has become all the more bigoted in its acts against the trend in the region.
Recently the Japanese government allowed the additional deployment of the U.S. RC-135S in a U.S. military base in Japan under the pretext of reinforced monitoring against "missile threats from north Korea". It is now mulling the independent possession of an early warning satellite.
This clearly points to Japan's invariable ambition for reinvasion.

The international community is speaking highly of the pro-active efforts made by the DPRK to turn around the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region inching close to a war to dialogue and reconciliation.

But the Japanese reactionaries have gone wretched enough to draw derision with their push for militarization, backed by a string of rhetoric about "threat". It is none other than Japan that harasses and destroys regional peace.

Japan that earned the ill fame of a defeated nation together with the end of the Second World War has long made desperate efforts for militarist revival with its old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" to avenge the defeat.

It has worked hard for the retrogressive revision of the "Pacifist Constitution that deters it from advance to a war state and for arms buildup, citing "change in security environment due to threats from north Korea" and "a prerequisite to tightened Japan-U.S. alliance". It, on the other hand, has kept to the path of overseas military expansion under the signboard of "international contribution", "active pacifism" and "protection of lives and living of people".

What matters is that this dangerous move has feigned indifference to the advent of the trend of peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region.
At the end of last year, the Japanese politicians in their "defence program guidelines" and "mid-term defence capability buildup outline" described the DPRK as "crucial and urgent threat", openly revealing their aim to expand the sphere of military operation of the "Self-defence Forces" to space, cyber space.

Accordingly, Japan's military spending has now reached an all-time high of 5 257.4 billion? and foreign arms and hardware find their unrestricted way to Japan, and getting into full swing are the moves for the organization of new units and development of sophisticated weapons for the buildup of "multi-faceted integrated defence capabilities".

The independent development of the earlier warning satellite recently announced by the government of the island country is just an extension of the moves.
The situation proves that the descendents of Samurais can never change their ambition for reinvasion and their nature as the harasser of peace.

It is truly foolhardy for the Japanese reactionaries to get intent on such thoughtless moves, with blind eyes turned to the prestige of the DPRK and the trend of the times.
Such wild act will only trigger off stronger rebuff from the world people loving peace and justice, and bring another defeat.
If Japan has an iota of perception, it will clearly see without the help of the earlier warning satellite the "missiles" blasting off toward it from different parts of the world, carrying hatred, curse and resentment against it. -0-


Does Japan Want to Be Defeated Again: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, June 6 (KCNA) -- The military overseas advance of Japan has gotten into strides.
The frequent military actions of the "Self-Defense Forces" render the Asia-Pacific region truly restive.

In early May the biggest warship Izumo of the Maritime "Self-Defense Force" carrying an amphibious task force conducted a joint drill with naval forces of three countries including the U.S. in the South Sea of China. In mid-May it was involved in the military drill with France, Australia and the U.S. in the Indian Ocean.

Japan is going to kick off joint military drills with the U.S. in the Pacific Ocean. To this end, the Ronald Reagan nuclear aircraft carrier task force of the United States left the Yokosuka Base on May 22.

Japan's sphere of military operation is not confined to the region only.
The Japanese government recently decided to extend the presence of SDF in South Sudan for a year under the pretext of UN peace-keeping activities.

In April it dispatched SDF personnel as members of the multinational army and surveillance group to the Sinai peninsula of Egypt by invoking the "security legislation." It thus secured the pretext and precedent for taking part not only in peace-keeping activities controlled by the UN but also U.S.-led multinational military operations.

Military moves of Japan targeting the whole world are just a wanton violation of its constitution whose keynote is "exclusive defense" and the international pacts stipulating the status of Japan as a war criminal state and a defeated nation. It is also a manifestation of the policy of aggression being pursued by the Japanese reactionaries to put the overseas advance of the SDF on a regular basis and realize the wild ambition for overseas expansion at any cost.

By calming down the vigilance and concern of the international community through frequent overseas dispatch of SDF under various pretexts and thus making it daily occurrence, the Japanese reactionaries are seeking to turn Japan into a war state and revive its military forces with ease.

Expressing deep concern over Japan's moves to scale up its military role with no proper reflection done for the militaristic aggression in the past century, the south Korean newspaper Hangyore reported as follows on May 30:
"Japan's moves to emerge as a military giant are being emboldened by its conformity to the U.S. strategic aim to contain the growth of China. But there is a strong possibility that it will cause China's additional military buildup and give rise to arms race in Northeast Asia by focusing the public opinion in south Korea on arms buildup. Japan should make a sincere reflection and apology for the past aggression before becoming a 'normal state eligible to fight a war.'"

As seen above, the international community including the Asian people who had been suppressed by the Japanese imperialists in the past century will never overlook the unlimited overseas dispatch of SDF.
Japan should be mindful that its reckless overseas expansion ambition can bring about the second day of defeat.
Does Japan want to be defeated again? -0-


KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Remember Lesson from Defeat

Pyongyang, May 21 (KCNA) -- Computer virus is to be used as a military weapon in Japan.
The Japanese Defence Ministry formally decided to develop computer virus and include it in defence equipment within 2019.
It is nothing but a dangerous project of a war-thirsty state and aggression-minded nation.

Kyodo said it is the first time that computer virus for disturbing rivals' information and communication network has been included in defence equipment.
As a result, the cyber unit inaugurated in the "Self-Defence Forces" in March, 2014 will be readied to go into action as the attack armed forces within a few years.

This shows that Japan gets more undisguised in its war hysteria with each passing day, and the capacity of the SDF for fighting a war has been boosted in a diverse way.
Military giant and overseas expansion are the invariable ambition of Japan.
Japan with huge annual military spending has now emerged as a military entity and a dangerous force enough to fight a war of overseas aggression.
This being a fact, Japan is getting over-heated in the development, purchase and deployment of ultra-modern weapons this year, too, instigated by its invariable ambition for turning it into a military giant.

Shortly ago, the Japanese government expressed its intention to take an active part in the discussion of the application of artificial intelligence weapon and declared the research and development of the new Aegis radar system together with the U.S. under the open pretext of coping with the threat from updated missiles of big powers. It is mulling purchasing "radar for defending territory", part of interceptor missile system, from the U.S. by 2025.

What should not be overlooked is that the SDF is boosting its capacity to fight a war and going busy advancing into other countries.
Warship Izumo of the Japan Maritime SDF also known as sub-carrier is being involved in a months-long joint military drill aiming at containing China while sailing around the waters of the Indian-Pacific perimeter with the amphibious task force aboard. Japan dispatched members of the SDF even to the Sinai Peninsula under the excuse of the "security law".

On May 8, the House of Councilors of Japan approved the conclusion of the "agreement on mutual offer of material and labor" meant to interchange food, ammunition and labor between the SDF and the French and Canadian forces.
What matters is that Japan describes them as the ones for "defense" and is openly stepping up the preparations for a war of aggression.

Japan cites "security" and "defence" to justify the development and reserve of computer virus, but they are little short of poor excuses for concealing its aggressive nature as shown by the reality.
Japan's aim behind its desperate efforts to boost the SDF's capacity of fighting an actual war is to revenge its defeat in the Second World War after becoming a war-capable state at any cost, not to ensure security.

Japan's moves for military expansion arouse great concern and vigilance from the international community including regional countries as they seriously threaten peace and security in the Korean peninsula, region and the rest of the world.
Has Japan forgotten a bitter lesson from its defeat yet?
It should remember that the international community is keenly watching its every action. -0-


Japan Can Never Conceal Its Nature with Poor Trick: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, May 2 (KCNA) -- It is the unanimous view of the international community that the trend of peace created on the Korean peninsula and the region thanks to the pro-active efforts exerted by the DPRK while exercising patience has to be valued and no act hurting it should be allowed.

But Japan recently made a decision to purchase a total of 1.15 billion USD worth SM-3 Block 1B missiles from the U.S. The excuse behind the act was the story of "missile threats from the north", a far-fetched assertion which can never stand to reason under the present situation.
This is just a typical example corroborating Japan's sinister ambition for becoming a military giant, notwithstanding the situation.

Japan, which regarded the aggravated situation on the peninsula as a golden opportunity for arms buildup, has set a record high defence spending of 5 257.4 billion yen for this year, indifferent to the present trend of peace.

In defiance of the domestic and international rebuff, it is getting itself ready for the deployment of ground interceptor missile defence system Aegis Usher and has now become intent on building up preemptive capabilities of the "Self-Defence Forces" including the possession of carrier and development of long-range cruise missile, after casting away the veil of "exclusive defence".

The Japan Defence Ministry reaffirmed its will to massively deploy more than 100 F-35As, despite the crash of F-35A in the waters off Aomori Prefecture for an unaccountable reason.
This can not but be a senseless frenzy.

What is utterly irony is the "threats" from the DPRK cited by Japan to cover up its "huge" military arms buildup plan spanning space and cyberspace, to say nothing of the sky, the land and the sea.
The Japanese reactionaries' worn-out rhetoric about "threats from the north" is meant to create regional instability, justify their reckless military frenzy as a legitimate self-defence of a victim and destroy peace on the Korean peninsula and the region in its entirety and thus use it as a pretext for reinvasion.

Japan's bluffing about "naval blocking operation", "international cooperation for pressure" and "solution to the abduction issue" is nothing but a smokescreen to cover up its attempt for becoming a military giant that is now in tatters with the advent of the trend of peace.

The international community is turning a wary eye on Japan adamant on threatening the hard-won peaceful atmosphere on the peninsula and the region and seriously disrupting the strategic balance in the region.
A question we'd like to ask Japan is that does it think it can cover up its nature with such tatters. -0-


Introduction of War Means Is Open Denial of and Threat against Fellow Countrymen: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, April 13 (KCNA) -- The south Korean authorities brought two F-35As of the U.S. origin to the Chongju air force base, North Chungchong Province some time ago.
They envisage the introduction of more than 10 stealth fighters by the end of this year and all 40 under plan by 2021.

This serious provocation that can lead to flared-up tension on the Korean peninsula amounts to an open challenge to the desire of humankind including the Korean nation to live in a peaceful world free from a war.

As known, in the historic joint declarations the north and the south committed themselves to exert joint efforts to ease acute military stand-off and to effectively remove the danger of war, and also to follow through on the agreement in military field specified in the Panmunjom declaration, in particular.

The south Korean authorities are under responsibility and obligation to suspend all acts that can strain the situation on the peninsula including the shipment of war means.
But the present "government", reneging on its promise to its fellow countrymen and the world, massively shipped foreign arms and equipment.

What matters more is the fact that the introduction of the contentious F-35A is all about mounting a surprise attack on the fellow countrymen in the north under the pretext of "increasing operational capabilities of the air force".

The recent shipment of stealth fighters is just the execution of 40 F-35A introduction plan drafted by the military warmongers during Park Geun Hye rule to shape Kill Chain, north-targeting preemptive attack system.
Instead of taking out war means like THAAD rejected inside and outside, the present authorities introduce even stealth fighters. Question is if there is any difference from the Park Geun Hye regime that was actively engaged in stoking confrontation with the fellow countrymen while touting preemptive attack.

The situation is a clear reminder of the south Korean authorities' diehard intent on military stand-off despite their outwardly hand-shake for reconciliation.
The introduction of sophisticated lethal means may stir up tension on the peninsula.

It is by no means accidental that the south Korean media and experts comment that "introduction of 'F-35A' will touch off fierce rebuff from the north and it may work as a 'dangerous leverage' in south-north relations".
Non-stop introduction of war means is regarded as a total denial and threat and blackmail against the dialogue partner.
The south Korean authorities should be aware of catastrophic consequences their thoughtless acts will bring, and exercise discretion. -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-


KCNA Commentary on Japan's Hostile Policy towards DPRK

Pyongyang, March 25 (KCNA) -- Japan is desperately persisting in its hostile policy towards the DPRK.
The Japanese government recently said that it is necessary to keep on pressurizing the DPRK as no progress has been made in the "north Korean issue", revealing its intention to renew "its own sanctions on the DPRK" the term of which expires on Apr. 13.

Great irony is that the Japanese reactionaries are foolish enough to regard their sinister act as the only means to "neutralize" the DPRK and the way out to join the trend of the regional situation.
It constitutes a foolish act of those who have no elementary ability to judge the reality and are unable to perceive their miserable status.
If Japan thinks that they can prevent the advance of the DPRK by sanctions, they are sadly mistaken.

Does Japan expect that it can do harm through the sanctions campaign to the DPRK vigorously advancing towards a powerful socialist country by itself and with the self-reliance as a driving force for the leap forward.

Contrary to their expectations, it is Japan which suffers loss from their hostilities.
As known already, Japan is experiencing the estrangement from the diplomatic trend regarding the DPRK in the world.

As Japan has persistently pursued the hostile policy towards the DPRK to make itself a military giant and realize the overseas expansion and to enforce other criminal ultra-right policies, there is no qualification and justification for Japan to take part in the regional peace process now underway centering on the DPRK.

Japan should have opted to make a policy switchover after drawing a lesson from their circumstances.
But Japan is continuously resorting to "its own sanctions on the DPRK" as part of its reckless and invariable hostile policy, which is a frontal challenge to the trend of the detente in the Korean Peninsula and the region the world people desire.

The campaign to renew the sanctions will invite the world community's bitterer condemnation and rejection of the Japanese reactionaries, peace wreckers running counter to the trend of the times, and make the desolate Japan undergo extreme and unprecedented political and diplomatic isolation.

The Abe group is little short of blind guys and the group who leads the country to ruin through foolish reckless acts, as it has done nothing but engendered antagonism with the international community.
The Japanese reactionaries are well advised not to resort to the unnecessary sanctions, but to make an apology and reparation for the extremely hideous crimes committed against the Korean people in the past for the sake of Japan's future. -0-


Rodong Sinmun on Dangerous Military Move in S. Korea

Pyongyang, February 25 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, the flagship of the U.S. 7th fleet Blue Ridge dropped anchor at the Pusan naval base in south Korea under the pretext of "promotion of exchange, cooperation and friendship". In this regard, south Korean media reported that the ship called at the port after the lapse of three years.

It is also reportedly said in south Korea that some of U.S. reinforcements to take part in the Key Resolve joint military drill slated for early March arrived in south Korea and such procedures as deployment of troops and checking of drill scenario are being taken.

Commenting on this, Rodong Sinmun Monday says that the arms buildup and war exercise in south Korea are dangerous moves against the trend towards the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations and inter-Korean relations that took a significant first step.

Noting that the resumption of war drill with the shipping of military hardware into south Korea while talking about detente and peace spark off concern at home and abroad, the commentary goes on:
Dialogue, peace and improved relations can never go together with war drill and military hostility and pressure.

Rough handling of the inter-Korean relations and DPRK-U.S. ties may incur grave consequences.
It is necessary to recollect the past when the atmosphere of peace created in the Korean peninsula with much efforts ended in a failure owing to the military hostilities against the partner.
It is necessary to behave with discretion, pondering over consequences to be entailed by the dangerous military moves. -0-


Rodong Sinmun Blasts S. Korean Military for Running High Fever in Arms Buildup

Pyongyang, February 6 (KCNA) -- Days ago, south Korean Defence Ministry made public "2019-2023 mid-term defense program" under the pretext of "coping with military threat and security change" expected at present and in the future. Under the program south Korean military is trying to spend military spending 13.6% more than the previous program. And it is seeking to launch into large-scale arms buildup after renaming "triad strike system" "system of countering nuclear and weapons of mass destruction". The south Korean military has already made public a plan to deploy Stealth F-35As for an actual war and introduce all kinds of foreign-made arms and equipment.

Rodong Sinmun Wednesday says in a commentary that the moves of the south Korean military are a challenge to the desire and aspirations of all Koreans for permanent and durable peace of the Korean Peninsula and undisguised provocation against the DPRK.

The joint military exercises with foreign forces incessantly staged in south Korea in the past and large-scale arms buildup including the introduction of war hardware from other countries have been a source of tension on the Korean Peninsula, the commentary says, and goes on:

The entire Korean nation and the international community want to see practical measures to remove north-south military hostility on the whole of the Korean peninsula including the land, sky and seas.
The public at home and abroad asserts that the south Korean military should sharply cut surplus arms and equipment under the present situation.

The south Korean military's redoubled efforts for arms buildup is a revelation of its intention to seek a showdown with the fellow countrymen. -0-


Japan's Future Rests with Liquidation of Its Past: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, January 16 (KCNA) -- Japanese Prime Minister Abe in the New Year news conference on Jan. 1 said that he would devote himself to the settlement of the "abduction issue", talking about the complete clearing of the postwar diplomacy of Japan.

This is nothing but an impudent one peculiar to Japan to cover up its past heinous crimes against humanity at any cost and evade the liquidation of them under the pretext of the "abduction issue".

There is no "abduction issue" as it had been already settled long ago thanks to the sincere efforts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Those who are said to be "abducted" by the DPRK are being discovered one by one across Japan. Such fact proves that the abduction issue has nothing to do with the DPRK and it is only showing inferiority of the society of Japan.

Japan forcibly links up the issue spawned by its social evils with the DPRK and slanders the latter. This behavior only gives the world the impression that it is seeking a sinister purpose, not an intention to settle the pending problems between the DPRK and Japan and promote friendship.

Japan is the abduction kingdom and heinous criminal state against humanity.
After illegally occupying Korea in the last century, the Japanese imperialists pursued the barbarous policy of forced conscription and labor drafting, took more than 8.4 million young and middle-aged Korean people to battlefields and slave labor sites, reduced 200 000 Korean women into sexual slavers for the Imperial Japanese Army and mercilessly killed more than one million innocent Koreans.

In consideration of the fact that the Japanese imperialists invaded many Asian countries in the past, it is not difficult to guess how serious damage and pain they inflicted on the people of Korea and other Asian countries.
Nevertheless, Japan has not yet made a reflection and apology for its past heinous crimes, to say nothing of reparation for them.

It is making desperate efforts to build world public opinion about the "abduction issue" and thus mislead it and get rid of responsibility for its past crimes, far from drawing a lesson from the daily-increasing denunciation and criticism by the international community.

Japan is, indeed, the immoral and impudent country.
It is sadly mistaken if it thinks it can become a normal state under the pretext of the nonsensical "issue".

First of all, it should have proper views on justice and injustice.
It is very self-evident that a country, which justifies the historical fact it inflicted great damage and pain upon mankind without making a sincere recognition and reflection, keen apology and thorough reparation for it, can never become a normal state.

Farewell to the history of despicable crimes is the only way of Japan to improve its dirty image in the international community.
Future of Japan rests with liquidating its past. -0-