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KCNA Slams Japan for Denying Its Past Crimes

Pyongyang, July 18 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, Germany finished the first-stage project for joint edition of the history textbook which has been pressed ahead with Poland since 2006 and held a book-releasing ceremony of Vol. 1 of the textbook dealing with the periods up to the Middle Ages.

The two countries decided to wind up the joint edition of the textbook dealing with the modern history by 2020.
Germany jointly edited the history textbook dealing with the periods after the Second World War with France and is editing the textbook dealing with the European history during the periods before the 20th century.

These developments go to prove that Germany which inflicted the untold misfortune and pain upon other European countries through two world wars is striving to liquidate its inglorious past and promote reconciliation with its neighboring countries and ensure peace in Europe.

On the contrary, Japan which imposed tremendous damage and sufferings upon the Asian people in the last century is getting more frantic in its moves to distort history, far from making an apology and reparation for its past crimes.
Japan's behavior is quite different from Germany's one.
Japan is now openly distorting history to deny its past crimes and justify them in the eyes of the world and getting more frantic in its moves for reinvasion to repeat its crime-woven history.

In last December, Japan concluded a deceptive "agreement" on the issue of the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army with the south Korean puppet forces with a petty amount of money in a bid to twist the essence of the issue of the sexual slavery a proper solution of which is demanded by the world and evade the responsibility for its hideous crimes.

Not content with this, Japan kicked up much fuss, distributing the book which totally denies the sexual slavery among scholars across the world and letting the foreign ministry open to public a document which claims that "no evidence proving the forcible drafting of the comfort women by the Japanese army or under the control of the state has been confirmed".

In the so-called "statement issued in last August seven decades since Japan's defeat from the Pacific War", the present ruling forces openly clarified their criminal stand that there should be no apology for the past history, asserting that "Japan should not oblige the postwar generations to make an apology as they had nothing to do with the war ". Of late, they invited the U.S. president, their master, to visit Hiroshima in an effort to justify Japan's despicable history of crimes before the world and paint it as a "victim."

By shamelessly working to distort history the Japanese reactionaries seek to implant militarism into all fabrics of the Japanese society and thus create a climate favorable for realizing their ambition for reinvasion.

It was against the backdrop of the mounting campaign for distorting history in Japan that the new security legislation was put into force in Japan to pave the way for launching a war of aggression and to further step up arms buildup for reinvasion.

The Japanese reactionaries' moves for distorting history are, indeed, a blatant challenge to the desire of mankind for peace and security and criminal acts that deserve denunciation.
The Japanese ruling quarters are sadly mistaken if they calculate they can realize their ambition for reinvasion through such ridiculous campaign as that for tampering with history.

History teaches that those who fail to feel ashamed of their wrong past and draw a lesson from it and those who are keen to dominate the world by invading other nations are bound to meet ruin without exception.
Japan would be well advised to stop acting recklessly, bearing in mind that its wrong attitude to cover up its past crimes only precipitates its self-ruin. -0-


KCNA Slams U.S. Anachronistic Policy of Strength

Pyongyang, June 13 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is getting ever more frantic in its moves to develop ultra-modern weapons despite the opposition and rebuff by the international community.
The U.S. recently opened to public the test of new electromagnetic-orbit gun (Electromagnetic Railgun) in the wake of its long-diving test of the double-mode submarine not long ago.
Electromagnetic Railgun which fires a shell without powder explosion by using the character of the electromagnetic field was developed by the U.S. Navy with an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars. It is a weapon of mass destruction as it is called a "weapon capable of intercepting missiles of China and Russia" in the territory of the U.S.

The U.S. frantic development of the above-said weapons amid global nuclear arms race is a revelation of its anachronistic policy of strength to contain its major rivals with an unchallenged military edge and prevent its position as a "superpower" from sinking.
It is long since the position of the U.S. as the "only superpower in the world" sank owing to its criminal moves for world domination.

When the U.S. was saddled with huge national debt and in the grip of the crisis caused by economic slump due to its reckless "anti-terrorism war" and moves for establishing the system of unipolar domination, the Asia-Pacific region rapidly emerged a hub of world development in the 21st century.

The U.S. should have given up its ambition for domination which is precipitating its doom.
However, it is foolishly trying to contain China making rapid economic growth in Asia and Russia which recovered the position as a power and to dominate the Asia-Pacific region, far from drawing a lesson from its difficult position, blinded by its scenario for world domination.

Against this backdrop the U.S. came out with the pivot to Asia-Pacific strategy in which it adopted large-scale arms build-up in the region as its policy. It is part of its scenario for carrying out this strategy to step up the development of ultra-modern weapons while modernizing nuclear weapons.

This is clearly proved by the fact that on Feb. 25 the U.S. deputy secretary of Defense blustered that in the wake of test-fire of ICBM Minuteman 3, it was aimed to send a message that the weapon is capable of making a nuclear strike at big powers in the Asia-Pacific region, and U.S. reptile media are billing the electromagnetic-orbit gun as a "weapon of dream" for containing Russia and China.

It is as clear as pikestaff that the arms race and political and military tension are bound to escalate in the Asia-Pacific region due to the U.S. development of WMDs and arms build-up.

The U.S. policy of strength remains unchanged. Consequently, the moves for multi-polarization against it are sure to be stepped up.
It is self-evident that the U.S. ridiculous policy of strength can never help realize its "dream" of conquering the world.
The U.S. anachronistic strategy for domination is bound to go bust. -0-


Rodong Sinmun Accuses S. Korean Authorities of Their Moves to Increase Capability for Preemptive Attack upon DPRK

Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- The south Korean warmongers are mulling deploying four transport planes for special infiltration until next year, while seeking to secretly introduce special warfare forces and equipment in a bid to make a "surprise preemptive attack" upon the nuclear and missile facilities of the DPRK.

Meanwhile, they disclosed their intention to gradually introduce four ships supporting a special warfare for naval infiltration and 20 special infiltration crafts from 2020 while talking about operation for "disabling nuclear and missile facilities."
They are also mulling introducing global hawk while trumpeting about the "quick detection" of signs of "nuclear and missile provocations".

Rodong Sinmun Monday in a commentary denounces this as an impudent provocation to bolster up the capability for a preemptive strike at the DPRK.
The reality clearly proves that the south Korean ruling forces do not want detente and peace on the Korean peninsula and stability in Northeast Asia but work hard to lead the situation to an extreme phase of a nuclear war, the commentary says, adding:

The DPRK has stood for the peace and security on the peninsula and made positive efforts to achieve them.
But, the south Korean warmongers have resorted to military provocations while challenging the DPRK's will to preserve peace.

It is not hard to guess the consequences to be entailed by them.
The south Korean authorities should drop a foolish daydream and stop at once reckless provocations to escalate the tension and ignite a nuclear war. -0-


Nuclear Arms Race Hot among Big Powers-KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, April 26 (KCNA) -- A nuclear arms race is getting hot among big powers to gain a strategic edge worldwide.
Recently U.S. media and military experts claimed that a new Cold War era is in the offing due to the imbalance of nuclear force among big powers including Russia and China as the Obama administration is putting increased spurs to the development of ultra-modern supersonic delivery means, while miniaturizing nuclear warheads.

According to the New York Times on April 17, the U.S. scenario to bolster up the nuclear force is to produce smaller nuclear warheads and improve the stealth capacity of delivery means and strike accuracy. Pursuant to this scenario, the U.S. is pressing forward the plan to develop five types of new nuclear warheads including the development of supersonic warheads and their delivery means.

The U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report released last year that the U.S. should have in place nuclear warheads of diverse power fit for use at every phase of increasing nuclear threat.
The U.S. publicly declared that it would put greater spurs to the modernization of nuclear weapons including nuclear warheads-tipped missiles, nuclear strategic bombers and nuclear-powered submarines by investing 1 trillion dollars in 30 years to come, sparking off a new nuclear arms race.

The U.S. has been loudmouthed about the "nuclear disarmament" so far. This was nothing but a hypocritical slogan to weaken its strategic rivals, while covering up its moves to modernize nuclear weapons.

Russia is not hiding the fact that it is not interested in the unilateral nuclear disarmament any longer and goes its own way, now that it has become clear the U.S. has an axe to grind while playing a trick as regards the issue of nuclear disarmament.
Russia has begun to deploy long-range ballistic missiles of the new generation tipped with four smaller nuclear warheads and the Russian Navy is going ahead with the development of submarine nuclear strike means capable of reducing coastal cities to debris through radioactive contamination by exploding smaller nuclear weapons in coastal waters of the rival forces.

China has also mounted several smaller nuclear warheads on many long-range ballistic missiles and is stepping up the development of "ultra supersonic glider" capable of mounting a nuclear attack on any target in any place on the earth within one hour.
This means the start of a hot nuclear arms race in the 21st century among the U.S., Russia and China.

Recently the director of the CIA testified at the Senate Armed Services Committee it is highly likely that the nuclear arms race will be under way among the above-said countries in a manner similar to that in the Cold War era.
The prospect of the denuclearization of the world is becoming dimmer because the U.S. trumpeting about "nuclear disarmament" turned out to be hypocritical and a new nuclear arms race has become hot among big powers. -0-


KCNA Commentary Condemns Japan for Rushing Headlong into Militarism

Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) -- Japan obsessed with the ambition to revive militarism and launch overseas expansion has finally entered the phase of enforcing the "security legislation" on March 29 despite the strong protest and denunciation at home and abroad.

This means unhesitatingly embarking upon the road of overseas reinvasion, oblivious of the lesson taught by its defeat more than 70 years ago. It is a serious threat to the world peace and security and an unpardonable war crime.
Japan's enforcement of the "security legislation" in total disregard of the just voices demanding the abolition of the war law reveals before the world its true colors as a war state after completely discarding the mask of "peace-loving state" which it has worn for form's sake.

The ruling forces of Japan are now vying with each other to claim that the enactment of the law helps tighten the "Japan-U.S. alliance" and provides "a guarantee for the consolidation" of the defense system of Japan and "it is indispensable for Japan to prevent a war."

Japan, a state for aggression and war, is now driving the chariot of militarism at breakneck speed to reemerge "greater Japanese empire," backed by the U.S. keen to world domination.
It is the consistent ambition pursued by Samurai Japan to launch reinvasion to conquer the world with the backing the U.S. since its defeat in World War II.
Right after the defeat the Japanese reactionaries have made desperate efforts to remove legal and institutional mechanisms obstructive to overseas aggression.
Especially the present ruling authorities have become more undisguised in their moves to revise laws for justifying overseas aggression while talking about the "departure from the postwar system" and the revision of the "Pacifist Constitution".

They not only officially raised issues of turning Japan into a major military power and launching overseas aggression as state policies but also worked in real earnest to form the National Security Council and map out a strategy of the national security modeling after the U.S. war mechanism.

Abe, after naming a new Cabinet the "Cabinet challenging the future", dismissed 10 cabinet ministers from offices at a time and appointed his confidants to those posts in a bid to adopt the "security legislation".

It is by no means accidental that the public opinion at home and abroad is terming Abe's Cabinet the one which has realized the ancestors' long-cherished desire, branding it as the "war cabinet" and the "cabinet aimed at long-term office".
The present Japanese ruling forces are shouting "bravo" for the fact that they can further boost the military cooperation with the U.S. by enforcing the law.

But Japan is sadly mistaken.
The U.S. which Japan so deeply trusts is not the only superpower in the world and its bluffing is nothing but an ill-advised bravery of Hitler who brought about ruin by himself in return for going against the trend of the justice of history.

Only death and doom awaited Japan which has entered the road of world domination backed by the U.S. through the conclusion of "Katsura-Taft Treaty".
What is deplorable indeed is that Japan is rushing headlong into overseas aggression with outcries for the tightened alliance with the U.S., failing to discern between what is right and what is wrong in the past and properly understand the trend of the present situation.

What matters is that Japan is making profound confusing of right and wrong to mislead public opinion in a bid to create impression that the enforcement of the "security legislation" is to cope with the DPRK's "threat".
What should not be overlooked is the fact that Abe blustered the cooperation between Japan and the U.S. would be developed whenever the north Korea launches ballistic missiles by enforcing the law and the chief Cabinet secretary claimed the enforcement of the law helped guarantee the people's life and peaceful living under serious security environment surrounding Japan.

Japan has infringed upon the sovereignty of other countries so far but no country has invaded or threatened Japan.
Even now there is no country threatening Japan.
It is unpardonable that Japan turns a blind eye to such a reality and openly tries to join in the aggressive military moves of the U.S. which is technically at war with the DPRK under the pretext of coping with someone's "threat".

The DPRK's service personnel and people will never tolerate Japan keen to launch militarist reinvasion without liquidating the past crimes before the Korean people.
Japan which enacted the war law obsessed with the anachronistic ambition for reinvasion will meet a miserable war disaster again and will have to regret it forever. -0-


KCNA Commentary Blasts Most Shameless U.S. DPRK Policy

Pyongyang, March 12 (KCNA) -- The U.S. test-fired Minuteman-3 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on February 25.
The U.S. impudently branded the DPRK's satellite launch for peaceful purposes as a long-range missile launch. This brought to light the true colors of the U.S. as the arch criminal harassing global peace and security.

It test-fired ICBM while incriminating the DPRK's exercise of the right to use space for peaceful purposes. This is little short of an open declaration that it is the U.S. only in the world which can enjoy all rights and humankind should be dominated by it without condition.
Pursuant to such brigandish logic, the U.S. conducted ceaseless nuclear tests of various types in a concealed manner despite the opposition of the international community and has conducted ICBM tests 15 times since 2011.

These facts made clearer the fact that the U.S. scenario to block the space development by the DPRK is truly aimed to stifle and dominate it.
World media are unanimous in calling on the international community to approach the confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S. from a fair viewpoint, greatly stunned by the U.S. test-fire of new-type nuclear strike means and its trumpeting about the use of nuclear weapons.

The U.S. newspaper The World Post in its internet homepage said that those countries which had been increasingly critical of the DPRK over its satellite launch in early February reacted partially to the U.S. recent test-fire of ICBM, expressing concern over the present trend of the world where injustice stalks.

Media of various countries commented that some countries are failing to reason out the origin of the issue and the key to its solution while exaggerating the "threat" from the DPRK and that the U.S. has undisguisedly posed a nuclear threat to it since the Cold War era and paid no heed to its demand for stopping the joint military drills and building peace-keeping mechanism. This is a problem, they added.

The Korean peninsula is not free from the Cold War-style confrontation chiefly because some countries are refusing to give up their goal to bring down the socialist state and their military position in Northeast Asia, they noted, stressing that the confrontation has escalated on the peninsula owing to sustainable blockade and military pressure.

This indicates that the U.S. DPRK policy is by no means "a policy for defending peace" to cope with "threat" from the DPRK.
The said policy, from A to Z, is an unjust policy to "bring down" the social system in the DPRK and accelerate the world supremacy and the most shameless policy to stifle and dominate the sovereign state as it leaves no means untried such as taking issue with its legitimate right for its implementation.

Humankind will never escape from the miserable fate of being trampled down by the U.S. imperialists unless a sledge-hammer blow is dealt at the U.S. high-handed policy characterized by extreme arrogance and impudence.
This is evidenced by the fact that the U.S. openly threatened to mount a nuclear attack on other countries, conducting the recent ICBM test-fire.

The DPRK will fight to the last to defend the sovereignty of the country and the nation and their right to live and global justice and truth now being mercilessly trampled down by the U.S. double standards.
The U.S. moves to stifle the DPRK and dominate the world are bound to go bust thanks to the indomitable struggle of the DPRK. -0-


Korea: Paranoia Escalates Up North

February 28, 2016: The problem with North Korean officials fleeing to China has gotten worse in an embarrassingly obvious way. In January 2016 rumors began to surface in northeast China of a small team (it turned out to be three people) of North Korean secret police trying to discreetly find and bring back three senior North Korean officials who had fled to China. Actually, one of the three was working in China when he disappeared. Apparently the North Korean government wanted to keep this incident quiet but the three men the agents sought were known to some of the Koreans and Chinese questioned and that was eventually made the investigation too interesting to keep quiet about. It was also noticed that the three agents seemed increasingly desperate as time went by with no results. That was probably because North Korea, in fear of secret policemen defecting to China, only sends those who have something to lose (like wife, parents, children) back in North Korea. Moreover these agents are often told that failure is not an option. This has led to some agents fabricating evidence to satisfy their bosses back home. If that led to innocents being punished, so what. Getting away with that sort of things is what secret police do. China cooperates with all this as it has done for decades.

In mid-2015 China allowed North Korea to expand the use of North Korea secret police in China as long as these agents spoke fluent Chinese and wore Chinese police uniforms and tried to act Chinese. By the end of 2015 there were believed to be over a hundred of these agents in China looking for North Korean illegally in China. When such people are found Chinese police must be called in to make the arrests and then send the escapees back to North Korea for punishment. The North Korean agents are also expected to report anything of interest (to local police or intelligence) to China and to behave themselves. In return these North Korean agents are allowed to go anywhere in China, which allows the agents to pursue North Koreans travelling south to get to an South Korean embassy in Southeast Asia when enables the one to ask for asylum and be moved to South Korea.

Apparently the three defecting North Korean officials have still not been found. The three were probably involved in some corrupt deal that was in danger of being found out. For senior officials the punishment for this sort of thing is death. Another possibility is that China is only cooperating here in the hopes of being contacted by the defectors with an offer of much insider information in return for protection. If such a deal were made it would be done so quietly.

Another response to the disappearance of senior officials are new rules requiring senior officials (about 200 people) to report their locations on an hourly basis and submit reports on daily activities. The secret police monitor this data for suspicious behavior and act accordingly. Suspicious activities include corruption, defecting, working for foreigners or plotting to overthrow the government. Not reporting on these activities by other officials is also an offense. In addition all government officials must now have approval from the secret police before speaking with any foreigner. Violating this rule will be punished with loss of employment or worse (imprisonment or execution).

Over the last few years loyalty has become an obsession with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But his secret police report that disloyalty continues to increase at all levels. The government has ordered more loyalty lectures for all North Koreans but secret police informants note that these additional mandatory lectures make people angry and decrease loyalty to the government. The recent atomic bomb and long range missile tests were meant to increase pride in North Korea and loyalty to the government. That did not happen and most North Koreans are more concerned about getting more food and fuel (for warmth, transportation and electrical power). What most North Koreans really want the government can¡¯t deliver. And the threat of new economic sanctions means less food and fuel.

China Changes Sides

A major worry for North Korea recently China agreeing increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. This includes no more sales of aviation fuel. Other petroleum products will be sold. China stopped gifts of oil back in 2013. China is also reducing some North Korean imports, like coal. North Korea also gets half its food imports from China. There is also the threat of interfering with smugglers getting forbidden goods into North Korea. This includes large quantities of luxury goods to keep senior officials loyal and the Kim clan comfortable. North Korea will now be looking for illegal aviation fuel as well. While Russian smugglers can supply whatever China blocks, it costs more and takes longer to route smuggled goods through Russia. In part this is because Russia is also under a growing list of sanctions. Then again this makes Russia more willing to tolerate smuggling into North Korea.

China is also cracking down on North Korean use of Chinese banks. China has long tolerated North Korea using Chinese banks to avoid a growing list of international sanctions. In northeast China, where a lot of this illegal banking takes place, North Korean bank accounts are being emptied. Some of the cash is being switched to accounts owned by locals who have no obvious connection to North Korea. But a lot of the cash is staying cash and despite the risk of theft or getting caught by the Chinese police, North Korea is preparing to use cash transactions despite China now enforcing banking sanctions.

The fact that China is openly agreeing to actually enforce more sanctions has long been a worst-case scenario for North Korea. China long refused to back the strict UN sanctions on North Korea believing it could persuade North Korea to behave and fix its economy and foreign relations. The United States has been increasingly public in its criticism of the Chinese approach. Since 2015 China has, with little fanfare, been agreeing with the Americans. This included more public criticism, via state controlled media, of the North Korean leadership. China quietly cracked down on some of the illegal trade with North Korea resulting in overall trade declining 15 percent in 2015. That did not seem to have any impact on North Korean behavior. Then in late 2015 China announced that if North Korea continued work on its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs North Korea could no longer depend on support from China if North Korea got involved in a war. To emphasize that point China quietly increased cargo checks and border security on the North Korean border with an emphasis on stopping the North Korean smuggling of weapons and technology that is normally tolerated. North Korea may be able to ignore Chinese criticism but they cannot ignore the special kinds of economic pain China can inflict. So far in 2016 North Korea has responded with another nuclear test and another long range ballistic missile test. There are limits to what can be done. China could cut off all trade, which would cause a major economic crisis in North Korea and China would have to clean up the mess if there were a political collapse in North Korea. Chinese trade is essential for North Korea. While that trade only amounts to about five billion dollars a year, it is over 80 percent of North Korean foreign trade.

North Korea apparently fears that the only option the Chinese have left is to take over North Korea via a coup or outright invasion. Both options are expensive, embarrassing and risky. China and North Korea are both socialist police states and they go way back as allies. It would be embarrassing to the Chinese government to take over its ¡°socialist brother¡± and that will be avoided until the North Korean nukes become a more immediate threat to China. The Chinese also advise Americans, and Westerners in general, to take into account that with China now unfriendly, North Korea has no useful foreign allies. There are countries like Iran and Cuba but there are not very useful. North Korea is still obsessed with the United States and China long believed that when the North Korean leadership got desperate enough they would be willing to do a real (enforceable) nuclear disarmament deal with America. Unfortunately China now seems to side with the U.S. and is seeking a unilateral solution.

South Korean Suspicions

As a side effect of the North Korean mess the United States has changed its attitude towards South Korean missiles defense, now saying there is no need to hurry the deployment of THAAD to South Korea. Because of the latest North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests South Korea sped up its efforts to obtain and put into service the American THAAD anti-missile system. China, Russia and North Korea have long opposed THAAD. South Korea wants THAAD for protection from North Korean missile attack and always resisted Chinese objections, even when China hinted that failure to drop THAAD might result in less trade with China. That was a signal to South Korean voters to carefully consider the cost of defying China. The Chinese will not come right out and say it but they object mainly because THAAD would also make South Korea less vulnerable to intimidation by Chinese ballistic missiles. South Korean voters understand that so the economic threats are having less impact that China expected. South Korean public opinion polls show voters are even more enthusiastic about the high tech and very expensive (over $100 million per launcher and associated equipment) THAAD system now that North Korea has launched another ballistic missile. Chinese leaders, as South Korea has long feared, made a deal with the Americans to back sanctions in return for delay or cancellation of the THAAD sale to South Korea. The Americans have denied this and China has openly said it still objects to THAAD but agrees that South Korea has the right to do what it considers best to defend itself against North Korea. South Koreans won¡¯t feel better about this until THAAD arrives and is operational. That will still take a few years, without any new delays.

Much to the relief of China and disappointment in Russia American military commanders in the Pacific have gone on record that the United States considers North Korea, not China, the biggest military threat in the region. Russia comes second overall but China is second in the Pacific. China considers the United States a more immediate threat than North Korea which, no matter what it does, is still a miniscule military threat to China. Other nations bordering the South China Sea are more concerned about the Chinese threat and look to the United States for help.

February 24, 2016: China and the United States agreed on new sanctions against North Korea. This agreement was the result of meetings and negotiations that began shortly after the January 6th North Korean nuclear test. In the past China has made a show of reluctantly going along with more sanctions on North Korea but this time China is making it clear that it is behind the latest round of sanctions and responsible for suggesting some of them. The message to North Korea is that China will not look the other way on any of these new sanctions, or most of the existing ones either.

February 17, 2016: Off the west coast a South Korean patrol boat fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that had crossed the maritime boundary between the two countries. The North Korean boat quickly turned around and crossed back into North Korean waters. The North Korean government complained but that was all.

February 13, 2016: The U.S., Japan and South Korea agreed to expand the scope of the year old Trilateral Information Sharing Agreement. Just creating this deal took over a decade of effort. The agreement exists to better counter North Korean aggression. Creating, and expanding, this agreement was long believed impossible because of long-standing political obstacles to greater Japanese and South Korean cooperation. Despite the threat both countries faced from North Korea (and China) such cooperation has been impossible to achieve. Until 2014 South Korea turned down all Japanese proposals that both nations coordinate military policy against common enemies China and North Korea. Such cooperation is still very unpopular in South Korea because of continued anger over 40 years of brutal Japanese occupation early in the 20th century. This the Japanese consider self-destructive as it wallows in the past at the expense of dealing with current and future threats. Yet Japan continues to ignore the fact that its post-World War II policy (documented in decrypted Japanese diplomatic messages sent out right after the Japanese surrender in August 15, 1945) of claiming to be a victim in World War II and guilty only of trying to liberate all Asians from Western oppression is the obstacle. That ¡°Japan as victim¡± view was never very popular with Japan¡¯s neighbors, who saw Japan as no better (and often a lot worse) than Western imperialists. To the countries of East Asia Japan compounds these historical sins by continuing to insist that Japan is innocent of any wrongdoing. This made it difficult to unite to deal with threats from North Korea and China, but eventually both Japanese and South Koreans agreed to cooperate to protect their common interests.

February 12, 2016: Japan is imposing new sanctions on North Korea, including limiting money transfers (to $870) between Japan and North Korea. Japan will also ban all North Koreans from entering Japan. Exceptions can be made but they have to be negotiated. North Korean vessels can no longer dock at any Japanese port nor can any ships that have been to North Korea.

February 11, 2016: South Korea ordered South Korean firms to cease operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) because of the recent atomic bomb and long range missile tests. South Korea supplies the electricity and water to KIC and those were shut off today. South Korea noted that the North Korean government took 80 percent of the wages (about $150 a month) of North Koreans working at KIC and that money helped make possible continued work on nuclear weapons and long range missiles. Since 2005 the North Korea government has made at least half a billion dollars from the KIC.
North Korea responded to the closing by seizing all South Korean property there. KIC was financed and run by over a hundred South Korean firms employing (at the closing) 50,000 North Koreans and about a thousand South Koreas. This closure appears final and the South Korean firms will lose half a billion dollars in equipment and facilities and about $200 million in inventories. The property and inventory now belongs to the North Korean government which is selling it off for whatever it can get. Resuming production at KIC is difficult because there is already a severe electricity shortage in North Korea and water supplies depend on electrical power. Over 100,000 North Koreans are now out of work (KIC staff plus local businesses).
Despite the high government ¡°tax¡± on their pay KIC workers were making more than the average North Korean and, more importantly, had dependable electricity and water supplies. There was also free medical care and all sorts of other fringe benefits. That¡¯s all gone now and the North Koreans affected blame their government, not South Korea, for the loss. This is a major disappointment to the North Korean government, which now has lost $72 million a year in foreign currency plus the loyalty of several hundred thousand North Koreans who benefitted, directly or indirectly, from the KIC.

Similar tensions caused a five month closing in 2013. This cost the South Korean firms running KIC about a billion dollars and when KIC reopened it was running at only half its pre-closure rate. Many of the firms there have shut down completely. North Korea was demanding more money from the South Korean firms at Kaesong and caused more companies to leave. North Korea closed the facility to punish South Korea for trying to get the North Koreans to halt their nuclear weapons program. The northern leaders soon discovered that the foreign currency generated by Kaesong was sorely missed. Few of the senior people in North Korea know much about accounting or how the world economy works, but the cash shortage created by the Kaesong shutdown got their attention. This was seen as an opportunity by China who soon convinced the northern leadership to make up with South Korea and get Kaesong operating again. China also pointed out that Chinese firms in North Korea (especially mining operations) are major suppliers of foreign currency and that China could shut these down if North Korea does not become more cooperative.

February 10, 2016: South Korea has officially begun an effort to develop and build their own jet fighter (KFX) to replace its aging U.S. built F-4 and F-5 fighters. The KFX is intended to be an aircraft somewhere between the F-16 and the F-35 and will have some stealth capabilities. The KFX is expected to enter service in about ten years now that the government has found the cash and foreign partners to make it happen. Indonesia will be a partner in this effort by contributing 16 percent of the $8.5 billion required. South Korea will buy at least 120 KFXs while Indonesia will buy up to fifty as the first export customer. Indonesia will also get access to some of the technology and build some of the components.

February 3, 2016: General Ri Yong Gil, chief of staff of the North Korean army, was arrested yesterday at a major conference. He was later executed for corruption and conspiring against the government. His successor was announced several weeks later without any mention of his predecessor. This is normal up north in situations like this. There were reports in 2015 that Ri was one of the veteran generals complaining about the appointment of inexperienced (in military matters) civilians to general rank mainly because these men were considered more loyal to the Kim dynasty.


Human Rights Abuses in S. Korea Denounced by Int'l Community

Pyongyang, February 2 (KCNA) -- A special rapporteur of the UN called a press conference in Seoul on January 29 to make public the results of investigation into the human rights situation in south Korea.
The results of intensive survey of human rights abuses in south Korea including the authorities' suppression of assemblies and demonstrations, restriction of the three labor rights, etc. made me feel that the freedom of assembly and association has stepped back in south Korea in recent years, the rapporteur said.

The rapporteur expressed concern over the fact that the south Korean authorities are citing "security threat from north Korea" as a pretext for abridging the freedom of assembly and association.
Conveying the news of the press conference, the south Korean internet newspaper Voice of People in an editorial on January 30 said that the results of the investigation were important as they were international community's observation and diagnosis of the present regime's unilateral revival of dictatorship.

The editorial warned the authorities that if they persistently seek excuses, defying recommendations of the international organization, they will suffer international disgrace, leaving a serious stain. -0-


KCNA Commentary Terms U.S. Harasser of Peace

Pyongyang, December 26 (KCNA) -- An American political critic who was a former member of U.S. Congress in a recent interview spoke ill of the present U.S. administration's foreign and human rights policies.
Referring to the U.S. military provocations in different parts of the world which plunged not a few countries into wars, the critic commented that it is not an exaggeration to say that the third World War has already started due to the U.S. foreign policy for aggression.

This is in denunciation of the arch criminal that escalated tension and harassed peace by plunging the world into the crucible of war to meet the ambition for world domination.

The U.S. fattened after the Second World War is causing wars and armed conflicts in different parts of the world nonstop to lord it over as "emperor". Under the signboard of "peace", it is committing aggression wars and armed intervention, harassing the world peace order and inflicting untold misfortune and disaster on the people.

Under the pretext of "war on terrorism" it has committed aggression wars against weak countries, typically Iraq and Afghanistan. Wherever the misanthropic U.S. forces set their boots there were a number of casualties and disputes between religious sects and tribes, throwing citizens into uneasiness and horror.
The "war on terrorism" that has lasted more than a decade has thrown the whole Mid-east into an evil cycle of terrorism and retaliation.

The military and political antagonism is getting serious among countries in the regions which the U.S. dark tentacles have reached, notably Ukraine which turned into the theatre of conflict and stand-off following its disintegration.

The U.S. moves to dominate the world find their vivid manifestation on the Korean Peninsula.
Calling the Asia policy a key in its foreign policy in the 21st century and the Korean Peninsula a focus in it, the U.S. has persisted in its moves to stifle the DPRK.

Finding fault with the just measure for self-defence taken by the DPRK to cope with the aggression threats as "provocation and threats", the U.S. has massively beefed up nuclear strike means around the Korean Peninsula, straining the situation in a planned and deliberate way.
Staging Key Resolve, Foal Eagle and Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises every year, the U.S. described them as drills for "defense" and the ones for "safeguarding" south Korea.

The U.S. is the chieftain escalating tension and chief culprit harassing peace as it flatly declined the DPRK's sincere proposals for replacing the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty and has brought the dark clouds of a war to hang over the peninsula through ceaseless joint military drills.

Due to the U.S. the world is being inveigled into the whirlwind of war and confusion reminiscent of the world wars in the last century and the hope of the peace-loving people to see peace and stability in the 21st century has not yet come true.
All the countries of the world loving peace have to see through the criminal nature of the U.S. and intensify the struggle to foil it. -0-


KCNA Commentary Accuses U.S. of Nuclear Proliferation

Pyongyang, December 5 (KCNA) -- The U.S. exchanged a diplomatic memorandum for officially putting into force the revised version of "atomic energy agreement" with the south Korean authorities on Nov. 25.
This has touched off censure at home and abroad as it is a serious and criminal nexus escalating the tension on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.

The effectuation of the revised version of the agreement would enable south Korea to more openly carry out the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel and uranium enrichment which they have so far carried out in secrecy, and justify the moves for the development of nuclear weapons.

In the final analysis, the U.S. openly loosened the "rope" which bound up south Korea for mere form's sake as regards uranium enrichment and reprocessing of spent fuel.

The south Korean authorities are shouting with joy that the "recent agreement paved a way for uranium enrichment and the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel after the lapse of more than four decades."

The U.S. is the chief culprit of nuclear proliferation as it has further increased the danger of nuclear arms race and a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.
The U.S. already signed deceptive "atomic energy agreement" with south Korea far back in the 1950s and has connived at the south Korean authorities' nuclear development under the signboard of "nuclear control".

When a sign of having extracted plutonium was detected in atomic reactors in 1998 and 2003 and when it was disclosed in 2000 that south Korea developed uranium enrichment facilities and extracted high-concentration uranium thrice, the U.S. shielded south Korea, claiming "it is not a matter of big concern as it is just an academic experiment."

The U.S. has put the nuclear development of south Korea under its control through annual meeting of the U.S.-south Korea joint atomic energy cooperation committee.
The recent effectuation of the agreement rendered south Korea's development of nuclear weapons legal. Through this the U.S. threw away its mask under which it has systematically transferred sensitive technology, personnel and hardware needed for the nuclear development to south Korea behind the scene and fully disclosed its true colors as a chief culprit of nuclear proliferation.

The aim sought by the U.S. is to let south Korea stand on the forefront of the nuclear stand-off with the DPRK and thus easily pursue its aggressive policy towards the DPRK and its strategy for dominating Asia.
In order to calm down the international community critical of the revision of the "atomic energy agreement" the U.S. is letting loose groundless rubbish that south Korea is "faithfully honoring its obligations, pursuant to the declaration on denuclearization" and south Korea's development of nuclear weapons is "technically impossible" under the "atomic energy agreement," etc.

But the international community is seriously concerned about the moves for nuclear development that is becoming a reality in several countries including Japan and Israel as well as south Korea and several regions including Europe at the connivance of the U.S and under its patronage.

The U.S. is now left with neither justification nor pretext to find fault with the nuclear program of others including the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula which surfaced and has become ever more serious due to its moves.
The U.S. can never evade its responsibility as a chief culprit of nuclear proliferation and nuclear arms race. -0-


U.S. Urged to Respond to Conclusion of Peace Treaty with DPRK

Pyongyang, November 11 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Federation of Koreans in the U.S. on November 7 released a commentary urging the U.S. to stop the war moves and respond to the proposal of the DPRK for concluding a peace treaty with the DPRK.

The danger of a war is escalating on the Korean peninsula and the warlike U.S. is watching for a chance of war while staging military drills by mobilizing all types of weapons defying the desire of the Korean nation for peace, the commentary said, and went on:

The only way of preventing a war on the peninsula is to replace the Armistice Agreement by a peace treaty.
The south Korean authorities at the persistent prodding of the U.S. are fanning up anti-north war fever. It is necessary to check the dangerous moves of the present regime of south Korea bringing disaster of war to the nation.

A war may break out by a single bullet-firing on the Korean peninsula fraught with the danger of war. The U.S. which signed the AA should opt for concluding a peace treaty as early as possible.
The U.S. would be well advised to give up the foolish dream of igniting another war on the peninsula and conclude a peace treaty with the DPRK. -0-


KCNA Commentary Slams Japan's Passage of "Security Bills" through Diet

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries recently railroaded the "security bills" through the session of the House of Councilors.
Many countries of the world expressed extreme uneasiness and concern over this reckless move, saying Japan has become a country capable of fighting a war 70 years since its defeat.

More than 100 media including ITAR TASS, Ria£­Novosti and Zvezda TV carried articles denouncing Japan's passage of the bills.
Xinhua, Kronen£­Zeitung of Austria, BBC and other world's major media referred to the severity of the passage, saying that the legislation made Japan a war state capable of attacking other countries first.

Voices categorically rejecting the legislation are growing stronger than ever before in Japan, too.
More than 70 percent of the people opposed the railroading of the bill through the Diet and opposition parties strongly slammed the authorities for ramming it. Dietmen from the ruling and opposition parties had even a body fight at the time of the adoption and tens of thousands demonstrated outside against the bills.

This is a vivid expression of the unanimous domestic and foreign denunciation of the Japanese authorities that adopted the "security bills", a war law for launching reinvasion and an evil law that paves a way for aggression against other countries.
The legislation means the Japanese reactionaries' development of the persistent militarist moves into a new higher stage as they have desperately worked to create political, military and legal conditions for launching overseas aggression with the U.S. backing any moment free from any legal restrictions.

This time Japan adopted the "law on institution of peace and security legislation", a comprehensive revision of 10 war laws, and the "law on supporting international peace" related to overseas dispatch of the "Self-Defense Forces," reducing the Pacifist Constitution to a dead document.
The adoption of the "security legislation" enabled the SDF to openly join the U.S. in fighting a war as aggression troops.

The passage will invest the SDF that has already turned into an attack force with the right to hold military operations anywhere in the world.
This clearly proves to what extent Japan has reached in its hegemonic ambition as a war state that sustained a bitter defeat while trying to dominate the world under the signboard of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere."

Japan's militarist moves are posing serious threats to the peace and stability in Asia and the rest of the world.
Japan is seeking to actively join the U.S. in its military actions for aggression, regarding the DPRK as the first target of aggression, and launch continental aggression with Korea as a springboard.

The army and people of the DPRK can never tolerate Japan's aggression moves.
The Japanese reactionaries have to clearly understand that the institution of the war law being seized by the anachronistic ambition for reinvasion as part of the dangerous moves for becoming a military giant will only precipitate self-destruction. -0-


KCNA Commentary Holds U.S. Entirely Accountable for Tense Situation on Korean Peninsula

Pyongyang, August 1 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is busy with diplomacy to evade its responsibility for the tense situation on the Korean peninsula.
The special envoy of the U.S. Department of State to the six-party talks, during his visit to south Korea and its neighboring countries from July 25, was so ridiculous as to assert that the U.S. keeps the door of dialogue for denuclearization open but the DPRK has not yet responded to its offer and that the U.S. would flexibly deal with the latter if it decides to dismantle its nukes.

Dialogue for denuclearization being oft-repeated by Washington recently is no more than a cynical ploy to shift the blame for the ever-increasing military tension on the Korean peninsula on to the DPRK.
As known, the Obama administration is finding itself in an embarrassing position due to its almost failed policy toward the DPRK.

It is being censured and derided by the public at home for its hostile policy toward the DPRK while the international community is becoming vocal favoring the latter's access to nukes.
It is as plain as a pikestaff that such public criticism would create an atmosphere unfavorable to the Obama administration seeking to dominate Asia and stay in power.

The U.S. is sadly mistaken if it thinks that it can cover up its true colors as an aggressor and evade its responsibility for the tension through its brazen-faced trumpeting about dialogue for denuclearization.

The root cause of the unending evil cycle of tension on the Korean peninsula is Washington's hostile policy toward the DPRK, notably joint military drills.
The unprecedented hostile policy pursued by the U.S. to stifle the DPRK has aroused its service personnel and people to the confrontation with the U.S. for decades and compelled them to further bolster up their strategic deterrent.

The U.S. is wholly to blame for the ever-increasing tension.
The U.S. should abandon its hostile policy and show its will to mend its relations with the DPRK through a practical action.
This is the only way of defusing the tension and settling the nuclear issue on the peninsula. -0-


KCNA Commentary Dismisses S. Korean Conservative Media's False Propaganda

Pyongyang, July 8 (KCNA) -- The conservative media of south Korea are playing the role of a shock force in the puppet regime's anti-DPRK false propaganda.
They are busy floating wild rumor about "instability of the social system in the north," talking sheer nonsense that "a deputy chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army fled to Seoul" and "somebody was executed."

These are no more than sheer lies.
The general officer whom the conservative media of south Korea described as "a defector from the north" is now commanding a construction project at the Masikryong Ski Resort to spruce up it better so that more cheerful laughter of people is heard.

The story about "execution of someone" being floated by them as a "news from Ryanggang Province" is also sheer sophism.
The false propaganda of the south Korean puppet conservative media is a foolish and base politically-motivated conspiratorial farce and an act of treachery aimed to create impressions in the world community that there are uneasiness and horror in the dignified DPRK in a bid to tarnish its image and break its solid single-minded unity.

The conservative media of south Korea were reduced to experts on telling lies long ago as they put into the shade Nazis, the world's most wicked tricksters. They are no more than a group of traitors without equals keen on letting loose invectives blocking the improvement of the north-south relations, disturbing national reconciliation and unity and hurling mud at compatriots.

Their vitriol disclosed their true colors as the worst swindlers and hack media persons who besmirch the world with lies and fabrications by discarding the mission of the press whose life and soul is justice and truth.

The south Korean puppet Intelligence Service (IS) is behind their false propaganda against the DPRK.
It is the trite method of the puppet authorities including the IS to orchestrate such poor farce by mobilizing reptile media in a bid to attain their despicable purposes.

Typical examples of their false propaganda are the fictions that "Vice Department Director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea Kil Jae Gyong sought asylum in the U.S." though he died long ago and his remains are buried in the Patriotic Martyrs Cemetery of the DPRK and its nuclear scientists "fled to a foreign country" though they are engaged in normal researches in their field. The conservative media vied with each other to float such fictions, pursuant to scenarios of the IS. They only became a laughing stock of the world.

The recently floated fictions are part of their false propaganda.
The Park Geun Hye group is busy conducting such propaganda against the DPRK on the basis of sheer lies fabricated by ultra-right conservative media persons in a sinister effort to create misunderstanding of the DPRK in the international community and thus justify the confrontation and "human rights" smear campaign against it.

This time they hurled even conservative media women into the false propaganda to impair the dignity and social system of the DPRK. This is, however, nothing but a daydream of confrontation maniacs.
The IS and ultra-right conservative media of south Korea will have to pay a high price for this ridiculous ruckus. -0-


Minju Joson Slams U.S. for Gambling over Fate of Mankind

Pyongyang, June 28 (KCNA) -- Recently the Russian Foreign Ministry lashed out at the U.S. for perpetrating dangerous bio-chemical crimes under the pretext of "research," expressing deep concern over the fact that a medical research unit of the U.S. Army infiltrated even into Georgia and set up a medical and biological laboratory. It was recently disclosed that the U.S. has introduced active anthrax germs into south Korea, Australia, Canada and then into UK and Japan for the past decade, sparking uproar of the world community.

Commenting on this, Minju Joson Sunday says this clearly proves that the U.S. is having a dangerous gamble over the fate of mankind in a bid to carry out its scenario for world domination.

As known, anthrax germ has 95 percent fatality rate.
The U.S. shipped active anthrax germ to south Korea this time and committed the same crime as in UK and other countries in the past period.

Speaking explicitly, the U.S. deliberately introduced active anthrax germs into other countries in a bid to verify the ensuing consequences.
Such suspicion is markedly increasing when recalling the fact that MERS rapidly spreading in south Korea recently is the result of the U.S. deliberate moves for bio-chemical warfare.

What the U.S. seeks is to hold an edge in the field of bio-chemical weapons in a bid to create conditions favorable for realizing its ambition for world domination.
The U.S. will never be able to go scot-free after committing grave crimes against mankind as long as there are international law and justice.


Park Geun Hye Group Accused of Conniving at U.S. Introduction of Anthrax Germs

Pyongyang, June 2 (KCNA) -- Kim Song Mi. chairperson of the Zhongnan Regional Association of the Federation of Korean Young Nationals in China, issued an article on June 1 in the wake of the disclosure of the U.S. secret introduction of anthrax germs into south Korea.

The article pointed to the recent disclosure of the fact that the U.S. introduced active anthrax germs into the Osan U.S. air force base in south Korea. It went on:
The U.S. had already set up facilities for testing anthrax germs in the Osan U.S. air force base and has made sustainable preparations for germ warfare against the Koreans.

The Park Geun Hye regime talkative about "nuclear threat from the north" whenever a chance presents itself is not in a position to confirm the U.S. introduction of anthrax germs into south Korea, which poses a direct threat to the life of the nation, far from making an inspection bound to the unequal SOFA.

If all the Koreans in the north, the south and abroad do not disclose the criminal moves of the Park Geun Hye group to bring clouds of a war to hang over the Korean peninsula by relying on the U.S., the chieftain of aggression, and fail to stage a nation-wide struggle to cope with it, the peace of the country and the life of the nation will be exposed to permanent threat.


KCNA Commentary Accuses U.S. of Posing Nuclear Threat and Sparking Arms Race

Pyongyang, May 11 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is persistently spreading the story about "nuclear threat" from the DPRK, asserting it has "violated the NPT and harassed global peace and security."
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry at the recent "2015 NPT Review Conference" held in New York, pulled up the DPRK over its non-existent "nuclear threat, " blustering that it should take an action without fail to dispel the concern of the international community over its nuclear program.

What Kerry uttered is nothing but a cynical ploy of the U.S., the world's biggest nuclear weapons state chiefly responsible for nuclear proliferation, to divert the world public opinion critical of it to the DPRK.

The U.S. should be more responsible than other countries for the issue of nuclear disarmament as it is just the war criminal state which inflicted a nuclear disaster upon mankind for the first time in history.

Nevertheless, it has persisted in pursuing its aggressive nuclear policy in disregard of the NPT and its obligation required by international law.
It is going to spend a trillion US dollars for modernizing its nukes for the 30 odd years to come.
It is stepping up the development and updating of its nuclear weapons while putting up the signboard of denuclearization.

It has allotted for research, development, test and manufacture of nuclear weapons the hugest funds ever since the 1950s. It is going to spend 355 billion US dollars for modernizing its nuclear warheads for a nearly decade to come.

It has built bases for producing new type weapon grade plutonium and nuclear test bases in New Mexico State and started enriching uranium in a new facility in Tennessee State.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State recently asserted that it is in line with the NPT for the U.S. to deploy nuclear weapons in NATO member states and get familiar with the technology of using them together with its non-nuclear member states.

After deploying nukes in member states of NATO in the Cold War era, the U.S. has kept them there since its demise and staged joint nuclear war drills with non-nuclear states in Europe.
No NPT provisions allow a nuclear weapons state to share nuclear weaponry and stage drills with non-nuclear states.

This not withstanding, the U.S. has insisted that the nuclear weapons deployed in NATO member states in Europe are under its permanent control and they will never be transferred to other countries, staging joint military drills with non-nuclear states of NATO for decades.

Washington's nuclear policy sparked a race for nuclear development and manufacture in the international arena.
The director of the Department for Non-proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry said at the above-said New York conference claimed that the U.S. has laid a stumbling block in the way of nuclear disarmament. He accused Washington of refusing to sign the CTBT while pushing forward the establishment of global MD system and working hard to translate its "conception of prompt global strike" into a reality.

This clearly shows what the U.S. seeks in actuality through its call for building "a world without nuclear weapons."
This being a hard reality, it is claiming that the DPRK's self-defensive nuclear deterrent to cope with its high-handed practices to stifle the DPRK by nukes is "posing a nuclear threat" to the world. This is the height of hypocrisy to mislead the world public opinion.

With no sleight of hand can the U.S. evade the responsibility as the very one which has posed a nuclear threat to the world and sparked off worldwide arms race.


S. Korean Authorities Denounced for Driving Inter-Korean Relations into Catastrophe

Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) -- The south Korean authorities are so impudent as to bluster that "south-north relations would be improved" and vociferate about "dialogue" though they have driven the inter-Korean relations into the worst catastrophe by staging frantic war exercises against the north. And they are busying themselves working out a "scenario for south-north talks," crying out for "coping with full-dress south-north dialogue."

Rodong Sinmun Thursday observes in a commentary in this regard:
The south Korean authorities' talk about "dialogue" is nothing but a shameless behavior of those who deteriorated the north-south relations.

The puppet forces are talking about "dialogue" while pretending ignorance of their responsibility for bedeviling the north-south relations. This is not because they are sincerely interested in north-south dialogue and improved relations. This is a crafty artifice to evade the responsibility for creating the worst crisis on the Korean peninsula together with the U.S. and mislead public opinion at home and abroad critic of them and justify their joint military exercises against the north.

Dialogue is necessary for improving the north-south relations as aspired by the nation for independent reunification but it is not a smokescreen to justify hostile acts toward the other party and persistently resort to the war moves against the north.
Improvement of the north-south relations is a daydream as long as the south Korean puppet forces persist in the moves for confrontation and war against the north in league with outside forces. -0-


Secretariat of CPRK Slams S. Korea's Massive Introduction of U.S. Made Weapons

Pyongyang, April 9 (KCNA) -- The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) Thursday released information bulletin No. 1089 assailing the south Korean puppet authorities for squandering s stupendous amount of funds for purchasing U.S. made weapons.

It said: Some days ago the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute of Sweden said that south Korea tops the world list of purchase of U.S. made weapons.
According to it, the south Korean authorities spent 80 percent of annual weapon imports for purchasing U.S. made weapons and the amount of funds spent for this purpose from 2009 to 2013 reached astronomical figures.

Since Park Geun Hye came to power the expenses have sharply jumped.
In two years of their office the present south Korean authorities spent more than hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars for purchasing U.S. made weapons such as various type missiles, copters and tactical aircraft. They are talking volumes that they will spend a huge amount of funds for purchasing high-altitude drones, ground-to-air interceptor missile system, Aegis destroyer combat system and others.

The successive south Korean ruling quarters have been keen on purchasing U.S. made weapons, but no traitors have so desperately worked to buy U.S. made weapons at high prices irrespective of types and performances as the present puppet regime did.

Now the south Korean people are suffering from dire destitution.
According to information made public, there are more than 4.5 million fully unemployed and at least 10 million semi-unemployed in south Korea at present.
Over 8.5 million families lead a vagabond life without shelter and more than one million people are wandering in streets. South Korea tops the world list of suicide due to abject poverty.

The funds the Park Geun Hye group pays to its master for U.S. made weapons are enough to give jobs and houses to millions of the unemployed and many homeless people and save the poor from a miserable life.

The reality goes to prove that the south Korean people will never be free from misfortune and pain and all Koreans can never escape disasters as long as such hordes of traitors as the puppet group are allowed to pursue flunkeyism, confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and war moves against it.

The south Korean people from all walks of life should severely punish those pro-U.S. lackeys keen on purchasing U.S. made weapons, utterly indifferent to the people's living. -0-


Preemptive Attack Is Not Monopoly of U.S. and S. Korean Puppet Forces: Rodong Sinmun

Pyongyang, March 15 (KCNA) -- The on-going U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle are typical offensive drills and a test nuclear war aimed to mount a surprise and preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK from A to Z, says Rodong Sinmun Sunday in an article.

The main purpose of those exercises are to enhance the combined and joint operational capabilities of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces and the south Korean puppet army and finally round off the overall war preparation, pursuant to the scenario for preemptive attack on the DPRK, the article notes, and goes on:

This year's saber-rattling is aimed to acquire the capabilities for preemptive nuclear strike at strategic depth and important bases of the DPRK.
As it has been clear that the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces made it a fait accompli to unleash a nuclear war and are putting spurs to it, the DPRK cannot remain a passive onlooker to it.

The servicepersons and people of the DPRK are sharply watching the saber-rattling by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet military gangsters with the greatest vigilance.
The powerful Paektusan revolutionary army keeps within their sight not only all forces involved in the drills but military bases in south Korea and other parts of the world, White House, Chongwadae and other bases for aggression and provocation.

If the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces drop a bomb over the inviolable waters, air and territory of the DPRK, it will wipe them out with merciless blow.
Preemptive attack is not a monopoly of the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces.

The DPRK will mount merciless just strike at objects it needs at the necessary time, unrestrained, without any warning and advance notice. This last warning is not hot air.


KCNA Commentary Blasts Japanese Dietman's Reckless Remarks over Central Hall of Chongryon

Pyongyang, February 26 (KCNA) -Maehara, member of the House of Representatives from the Japan Democratic Party, at the House Budget Committee on Feb. 20 picked up the issue of the Central Hall of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and charged it with "evasion of law".

This was an intolerable and despicable act to stop Chongryon from using the hall by misleading the public opinion in Japan as it was revelation of an ulterior intention to prevent the long controversial issue from being smoothly solved.

Maehara let loose such string of invectives at a time when everyone admits that the legal procedures and steps on the issue of the hall by Chongryon is not a breach of law. This makes one cast doubt about whether he has elementary thinking faculty as a human being, to say nothing of qualifications as a politician.

He claims to have graduated from the law faculty of Kyoto University and held the post of foreign minister during the Democratic Party rule. But he found fault with the hall though it poses no problem from the legal point of view. This only proves that he is a political illiterate devoid of elementary international common sense and concept of law.

The advance sale of the hall and its lease are a universal transaction pursuant to procedures recognized by law and, therefore, everything is done in a legitimate manner free from any "violation and evasion of law".

Not only the legal circle but the political and media circles of Japan admit this.
It is free for anyone to sell or lend a real estate which one purchased through auction. On the contrary, it is illegal to interfere in it without any justifiable reason.
There were precedents in which purchaser of a real estate lent it to the debtor, its original owner, and such a precedent still exists at present.

What merits a serious attention is that Maehara groundlessly attributed the bankruptcy of the Credit Association of the Korean Bank to the "remittance of funds to North Korea" and "the organized use by Chongryon of the DPRK", while crying out for tightening watch and investigation into it and demanding relevant data.

This is an absolutely intolerable malignant accusation against the DPRK and Chongryon.
As known, the bankruptcy of the Bank was caused because it failed to set up proper management strategy to cope with the bubble economy just as was the case with lots of banks and credit associations that went bankrupt in Japan.

The then Prime Minister Koizumi on Dec. 2001 made it clear in a "reply to questions regarding the issue of Korean Bank operation fund" that "the government has not admitted the flow of fund to the North Korean authorities from the Credit Association of the Korean Bank and that there has not been information about a grant of fund."

Even a "report by a person in charge of financial management" at the time of bankruptcy of the Bank mentioned insufficient counteraction and heavy loans but not the admittance of "organized use" when referring to the major causes of the bankruptcy.

However, Maehara claimed that the "Resolution and Collection Corporation and the reserve insurance organization could seize lease fee by exercising all mandates and Chongryon should not be allowed to continue to use the Central Hall", a hysteric frenzy of a man steeped in bad blood towards the DPRK and Chongryon to the marrow of his bones.

Such a despicable aim to physically deprive Chongryon, an organization defending the democratic national rights of Koreans in Japan, of the base for its activities and to stamp out the legitimate activities of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan can never be achieved.

Maehara's reckless remarks reflect his foolish attempt to fuel atmosphere of bitterness towards the DPRK and Chongryon in the Japanese society, chill the climate of the DPRK-Japan inter-governmental talks and improve his clout as a politician from an opposition party.

By nature, he is an imbecile political philistine bereft of any political idea and ability and is like a political migratory bird who stoops to any infamy to gain his popularity in the political camp.
As for the issue of improving the relations between the DPRK and Japan, he blustered that "no chance should be given to the former."

He is a henchman and war servant for the U.S. steeped in sycophancy toward the U.S. While extolling the U.S. as a "guardian of peace" and "stability" in the Asia-Pacific, he said the U.S. sub-critical nuclear test was not in contravention of the "Prague address" made by the U.S. chief executive and voiced "understanding of it".

He was also forced to step down as foreign minister as he violated the laws and regulations on political funds which ban the acceptance of political fund from foreigners.
Such a human reject questioned the DPRK-Japan inter-governmental talks while raising the Central Hall issue and made remarks chilling the atmosphere of the talks, a vivid manifestation of his sinister political purpose to check the advance of the DPRK-Japan relations.

Explicitly speaking, Chongryon is a genuine overseas Koreans' organization active for defending and realizing the democratic national rights of Koreans in Japan, and the Central Hall of Chongryon is an inviolable base for its activities as it plays the role of foreign mission in the absence of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Japan.
Maehara had better face up to the trend of the times and stop such folly as hurting his image. -0-


KCNA Commentary Blasts S. Korean Channel A Broadcasting Service's Anti-DPRK Accusations

Pyongyang, February 15 (KCNA) -- The south Korean puppet forces let the pseudo Channel A Broadcasting Service make accusations against the DPRK only to be rebuffed by the public.

They let the Channel A denounce the DPRK's revelation of the U.S. imperialists' despicable germ and chemical warfare during the past Korean war as "sheer propaganda" and "one for fostering hostility toward the U.S."
This is disgusting behavior of turning black into white and dirty rubbish conniving at the master.

The U.S. crimes of dropping germ bombs and spraying poisonous gases over the heads of the Korean nation were brought to light at the time when the war was at its height through the testimonies made by American pilots who had been captured and through the activities of the investigation teams of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the Women's International Democratic Federation and an international group made up of authoritative scientists.

It was mentioned in a confidential document that was declassified from the U.S. state archives in 2010 that the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff issued an order of large-scale actual test of specified pathogens in the Korean war to find out their effects.

The U.S. atrocities are unpardonable crimes against humanity denounced and censured by not only the Koreans but the world progressives as they have become irrefutable fact.
Under this situation the puppet forces are working hard to cover up the truth, a clear proof that they are resorting to smear propaganda campaign.

One who is steeped in serving the master to the marrow of one's bones is bound to become shameless.
The puppet forces who stake their fate on servitude to the U.S. find themselves in a plight of sharing their lot with it.

They are obliged to do wrongdoings to serve the U.S.
It is for this reason that they are defending the germ warfare that inflicted huge damage and pain on the Korean nation, not content with working as a shock brigade executing the master's war moves.

In other words, they seek to shift the blame for escalating tension on the Korean peninsula on to the DPRK, quench anti-Americanism of south Koreans and prolong their dirty remaining days.

The south Korean conservative forces are matchless sycophants and traitors and confrontational maniacs who find their way out in working as a shock brigade in following the master's policy of stifling the DPRK and keeping south Korea as its colony and furthermore, realizing the world domination strategy.

No matter how desperately the puppet forces may try, they can never evade the poor fate of rushing headlong into the grave of doom along with their master falling into ruin.
The unreasonable moves will only hasten destruction. -0-


UN "Human Rights Resolution" against DPRK Should Be Retracted: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, February 4 (KCNA) -- It has been fully disclosed that the UN "human rights resolution" against the DPRK railroaded in December last year was a product of the "human rights" racket being kicked up by the U.S.-led hostile forces.

Sin Tong Hyok, who had appeared as a main "testifier" for working out the "report of the Commission of Inquiry" on the human rights performance in the DPRK, which served as a basis of the "resolution", confessed that his "testimonies" were false ones and pledged not to be involved in the "human rights campaign" against the DPRK any longer. This clearly proved that the "resolution" was a politically-motivated false document and a fabrication.

It also clearly proved that the "human rights" campaign kicked up by the U.S. at the UN and other international arenas is an illegal and brigandish act of wantonly infringing upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK.
Now that the falsity and reactionary nature of the "resolution" have been fully disclosed, the U.S. is persistently insisting on the "validity" of the "report" in a bid to justify the "human rights resolution" at any cost, far from apologizing to the DPRK for its wrongdoings.

The former chairman and the "special rapporteur" of the CI are busy claiming the validity of the "report", asserting it is based not only on the "testimonies" made by Sin but also on those made by other "witnesses" in various countries.

The DPRK would like to ask them whether there was even a single citizen of it among those 300 odd "testifiers" they brought to make the "report" sound plausible and whether any of them has ever visited the DPRK.
The countries visited by the members of the CI are the countries hostile to the DPRK such as the U.S. and Japan and those met by them are either citizens of the hostile countries or "defectors from the north" under the control of the south Korean authorities.

In the early period of its establishment, the CI announced that it would conduct an inquiry on the basis of testimonies made by "defectors from the north" and satellite photos. The former chairman of the Commission, when interviewed by an Australian broadcasting service on May 7, 2013, told that there were various pieces of information on "human rights abuses in north Korea" but problem is lack of information to confirm them. Such utterances should not be overlooked.

Nevertheless, Washington formed the "Commission of Inquiry" with Kirby, Biserko and Darusman as its core members and instigated them to fabricate a false document. As far as those guys are concerned, they are all political swindlers who had been involved in the operations of the CIA.

After all, the "report" which they claimed comprehensively "judged" and "estimated" the human rights performance in the DPRK and contain even pieces of "recommendations" was worked out in a matter of less than a year. On the basis of it the UN forcibly adopted the anti-DPRK "resolution" bereft of scientific accuracy and credibility.

It was none other than the U.S. and its followers that let Sin appear as a leading "testifier" at the UN and other international arenas in a bid to forge the document peppered with frauds and lies.

Nevertheless, those who played a main role in working out the resolution are now asserting that Sin is just one of "many testifiers" and the "testimonies made by him are of no particular value." This is, indeed, the height of brazen-facedness.
This is not only a wanton challenge to the DPRK highly dignified for its independence as it guarantees genuine human rights of its popular masses but shameless hypocrisy and mockery of the fair-minded world public calling for total nullification of the anti-DPRK "human rights resolution."

With no rhetoric can those hostile forces misrepresent the true human rights performance in the DPRK.
Truth is bound to be revealed any time for history and the world public.

After Sin made an apology for his false testimonies, Blaine Harden, author and publisher of a book dealing with the story told by him about "the experience he gained while defecting from the north", contributed an article to a newspaper in which he admitted he was "deceived by Sin" and "Sin was an incredible guy from the very beginning and there would be more misinformation except for the one confessed by him."

It is by no means fortuitous that an Italian lawmaker, who had visited the DPRK, told Radio 24 of Italy that "all what defector from north Korea Sin Tong Hyok uttered at press conferences was lies meant to make money." "Books containing his lies are being sold and I, therefore, don¡¯t buy book falsifying facts," he added.

What matters is that the UN, forgetful of its mission and duty, danced to the tune of the U.S. conspiratorial moves and was abused by it for its anti-DPRK racket.
What the UN did seriously hurt its honor as it was the most disgraceful case in history.

It is a shame on the UN that it is being abused as an unlawful mechanism of mocking at the justice and truth under the control of a specified country called the U.S.
The UN should retract the above-said anti-DPRK "human rights resolution." -0-


U.S. Is Chiefly to Blame for Disturbing Security of Cyber Space: KCNA

Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- The public in different countries and regions of the world and cyber experts of the U.S. are becoming increasingly vocal censuring it for perpetrating criminal acts abusing cyber space.

Snowden, former contractor of CIA, disclosed at a press conference that it was none other than the U.S. which started the state sponsored hacking attack in the world. The founder of McAfee, American information security company, refuted the U.S. administration's claim that cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment was made by north Korea. He noted that it could be done by those inside the U.S., adding that he knew hackers but would not mention them.

As data show, the U.S. attached importance to the cyber war worldwide and has invested a huge amount of funds in it.
The U.S. set up a huge cyber command at the U.S. Defence Department and has augmented its position and authority.

The Washington Post reported that in 2013 the Defence Department decided to enlarge the cyber command more than five times that in the past and beef it up as a cyber force capable of mounting hot attacks.

At present the U.S. regards cyber space as a means for preemptive attack on other countries. The U.S. administration and Pentagon consider cyber space as the fifth sphere for dominating the world and are seeking hegemony over it.
Having totally transferred the U.S. forces' actions in cyber sphere to offensive cyber strategy, the U.S. is working hard to realize its ambition to dominate the world at any cost.

The U.S. singled out not only those countries opposed to it including the DPRK and Iran but also regional powers, including Russia and China, and even its allies, its rivals, as targets of its cyber strategy which involves vast fields of politics, economy, military, education, culture, etc.

The development of weapons for cyberattack has been stepped up and a huge amount of funds have been spent for its purpose with the approval of the U.S. Administration and its Congress.

The U.S. became the first in the world to mount state-sponsored cyberterror attack on other countries.
A typical example of the above-said attack was the attack on Iran's nuclear facilities by dint of vicious virus of Stuxnet in 2010.
2011 alone witnessed over 230 cyberattack operations of the U.S. targeting different countries.

Recent reports released by software companies making virus vaccine said that it is the United States where the development of software for computer hacking and vicious code for cyber attack is more rampant than any other countries.

The U.S. is abusing its latest scientific and technological successes as war weapons for realizing its ambition for world domination. It is a serious and undisguised challenge to the development of human civilization and to the international community desirous of the world's peace and stability.

The United States is a disturber of the world's peace, an arch criminal disturbing the security of cyber space and chieftain of cyberterror attack and cyberwar maniac.
The U.S. scenario to dominate the world through a cyberwar is nothing but a foolish daydream.
The U.S. would be well advised to properly understand that today's latest IT is not its monopoly. -0-


Statement from The Carter Center on Conviction of Republic of Korea National Assembly Member

The Carter Center notes with concern the conviction of Republic of Korea incumbent lawmaker, Lee Seok-ki, a member of the National Assembly, by the Seoul High Court on a charge of insurrection conspiracy based on taped remarks he made to his political followers and for which he has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The Carter Center will not comment on the merits of the facts presented in this case, which is currently on appeal before Korea's Supreme Court or interfere in any other way in the internal affairs of the Republic of Korea. We note, however, that Mr. Lee's conviction is taking place under the provisions of a highly restrictive National Security Law, established during the pre-1987 era of autocratic military rule, that appears to contradict both the Republic of Korea's international human rights treaty obligations and the nation's global reputation as a highly successful prosperous democracy.

"If Korea is to extend its essential role as a human rights leader in Asian and world affairs, there should be a fully transparent democratic debate open to all Korean citizens about current and potential risks to human rights under the terms of the National Security Law," said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

At a time when Americans are urgently debating congressional findings on the official use of torture, The Carter Center believes all nations are capable of protecting their national security while remaining faithful to their commitments under international human rights law.