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KCNA Commentary Blasts Japan's Denial of History

Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- The Japanese government made public a report on the "results of a review" of the 1993 Kono statement in which he admitted the coercion involved in the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army.

Reading the face of the international community, Japan refrained from formally denying the Kono statement, claiming that it was a diplomatic mistake in the past and the like. However, Japan went the lengths of announcing the report on the "results of review" recently. This was a clear revelation of Japan's wrong view on history.

The sexual slavery enforced by the Japanese imperialists was a hideous crime against humanity unprecedented in history and it, therefore, can hardly be written off no matter how persistently Japan may deny it.

The Japanese imperialists forcibly drafted, lured and abducted 200 000 Korean women and many women of different other countries as sexual slaves to gratify the carnal desire of their soldiers. This crime was unprecedented in the war history.
The gravity of the sexual slavery was that it was committed by the Japanese military in an organized manner with the government involved.

The Japanese imperialists regarded it as one of the important jobs of the military authorities to provide soldiers with "sexual comfort" as a measure for raising the combat spirit of the aggressors and set up even a department for handling the issue after igniting the Pacific War.

As a result, a "comfort station" management system was established from the upper echelon to the lowest units of the Imperial Japanese Army and sexual slavery was enforced by it under its unified control and supervision.

As the Sino-Japan War dragged on and areas under the Japanese troops' occupation expanded, the Japanese military saw to it that all the problems related to the sexual slavery were settled under its direction.

The Japanese military directly provided the units stationed in the relevant areas with funds necessary for drafting and transporting sexual slaves and their passage and transport to the areas concerned were directly arranged by it or conducted under its supervision.

During the Pacific War the head of the Japanese government concurrently held the post of "supreme commander of the armed forces." This was undeniable evidence proving that the government was directly involved in the above-said sexual slavery.

This being a hard fact, Japan is persistently distorting and denying the sexual slavery. But this will only invite international isolation and political frustration.

International public had already warned Japan that its moves to deny the Kono statement would bring self-destruction to Japan, holding that its act of tearing off the pages of the blood-stained history would not help write off the evils perpetrated by it in the past.
If the present Japanese government fails to rectify its wrongdoings in the past, the responsibility for them will rest with the next generation.
Japan should face up to the trend of the times and stop at once the moves to distort and deny the Kono statement.


Rodong Sinmun Lays Bare Aim Sought by U.S. in Talking about ¡®Threat¡¯ from DPRK

Pyongyang, June 9 (KCNA) -- The vice-chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in a seminar on missile defense blustered it is a top priority task of the U.S. MD to defuse the "missile threat" from the DPRK.

He said the U.S. is increasing combat readiness with all possibilities taken into consideration though north Korea has not yet test-fired an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and that cooperation among south Korea, Japan, Australia and other allies to cope with "threat of ballistic missiles" is very important.

Rodong Sinmun Monday observes in a commentary in this regard: The accusation made by the U.S. against the DPRK over its war deterrence is nothing but a poor excuse to justify its MD.

The above-said outbursts let loose by the U.S. betray its cynical ploy to knock into shape a military bloc of NATO style in Northeast Asia in a bid to upset regional stability and strategic equilibriumand contain big powers in the region.
Washington is vociferating about non-existent "threat" from the DPRK to justify its pivot to Asia-Pacific strategy for aggression. But it will get it nowhere.

The DPRK has fulfilled its responsibility and role for peace and security on the Korean peninsula which is directly linked to the peace and security in Asia and the rest of the world.
It will as ever do its utmost for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region.

The U.S. criminal scenario to cook up the Asian version of NATO and dominate the Asia-Pacific region with it as a tool can never be justified but will certainly meet a fiasco.


KCNA Commentary Blasts Reckless Remarks Made by Spokesman for S. Korean Defense Ministry

Pyongyang, May 15 (KCNA) -- Spokesman for the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense Kim Min Sok talked this or that about the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and its political system at a news briefing on May 12.

He found fault with the just demand raised again by the DPRK to clarify the story behind the "north's involvement" in the drone case and to start a joint investigation just like a guilty party filing the suit first. He went the lengths of calling the DPRK a "country telling a lie" and a "country that should not be allowed to exist".

This is an intolerable insult to the sovereignty of the DPRK, the most independent, popular and dignified country in the world, and a declaration of an all-out confrontation of the social systems.

Kim Min Sok's nonsensical talk is a last ditch effort vividly revealing the true nature of the puppet group making a desperate bid to tide over the ever-deepening ruling crises.
The Park Geun Hye group is finding itself in the worst crisis due to the unprecedented ferry sinking tragedy and other disasters.

People of all social standings wage an unflinching action demanding the resignation of the incompetent and irresponsible Park Geun Hye regime. The people's resentment against Chongwadae is running high in south Korea.

Thrown into extreme horror and uneasiness, the Park group is working hard to calm down the public anger and get rid of the pretty fix even by pulling up the DPRK just as what her preceding dictators did.

This is clearly proved by the behavior of Kim Min Sok, a yes man of Park and a trumpeter of the puppet Ministry of Defense.
At a news briefing on April 22 Kim jabbered that "south Korea is closely following the north's moves for a nuclear test" and "there will happen something alarming before April 30." On April 29 he cried out for "resolutely countering" while talking about a "provocation" by someone.

The whole of south Korea has turned into a mayhem in the wake of the ferry Sewol sinking disaster. How can the spokesman for the "Ministry of Defense" which oft-repeats its care for the people's lives and security let loose such outbursts?

The ferry disaster is a hideous man-made one for which the Park Geun Hye regime and the puppet Defense Ministry are wholly to blame.

The April 12th issue of the south Korean Kyunghyang Daily News in an article titled "Quick involvement of maritime police could have saved all passengers aboard" said the maritime police had 47 minutes enough to have access to the ferry and rescue the passengers right before the sinking, adding a person concerned of the prosecution-police joint investigation headquarters for the sinking of ferry Sewol clarified that at 9:30 on April 16 when the maritime police arrived at the scene first, the ferry was tilted about 45 degrees, and if the maritime police had immediately started the rescue operation, all passengers on board could have been rescued.

If the ministry equipped with huge troops as well as diving outfit essential for rescue operation, to say nothing of rescue aid gears had taken timely measures, such a big disaster would not have occurred.

But not only Park who has full command of the armed forces but the puppet Defense Ministry were keen to evade the responsibility, far from starting the rescue operation. Moreover, they tried to divert elsewhere the public criticism by pulling up the DPRK.

It was by no means fortuitous that the Chinese Huan Qiu Shibao on April 23 commented that "the south Korean Defense Ministry at a news briefing on April 22 diverted the attention of the outside world to the areas north of the 38th parallel."

The DPRK has already clarified that it would settle accounts with those who hurt the dignity of its supreme leadership and the sacred political system in it whoever he or she may be and wherever they might be.

Kim Min Sok is seriously mistaken if he thinks he can get rid of the precision strike range as he has already been put on the list of targets.

Those who are engaged only in hideous provocative acts of hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and slandering its political system will be forced to pay a very high price.


KCNA Commentary on Obama's S. Korea Visit

Pyongyang, April 29 (KCNA) -- U.S. President Obama visited south Korea on April 25-26.
Early in April, an official for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the U.S. State Department claimed, to justify Obama's Asia visit, that there should be no doubt about the U.S. commitment to protecting its Asian allies. Then, was his visit prompted by a good intention for regional peace? It's not at all.

Obama's recent junket to south Korea is censured as a crime because it egged on the treacherous Park Geun Hye regime to aggravate the unstable situation of the Korean Peninsula and the region.

This visit, the fourth after the emergence of his administration, is bringing dark clouds of conflict and nuclear arms race to the region, as part of the implementation of the U.S. pivot to Asia-Pacific strategy.
Its reactionary purpose was fully revealed by Obama's remarks that the U.S. would cooperate with its allies and partners to tighten the pressure on the DPRK.

During his junket, he had confabs to further strengthen the U.S- Japan-south Korea cooperation under the pretext of "threat" from the DPRK. The keynote of confabs was that the three parties would continue intensifying their political, diplomatic and military cooperation and deepen their "alliance" in aspects of joint military exercises and missile defense.

Obama also inspected the U.S.-south Korea "Combined Forces Command" in Ryongsan, Seoul, with Park. It was the first time for the U.S. president to visit the "command" since its birth in 1978. During the inspection, he said the U.S. would not hesitate to use the military strength in order to defend its allies and the way of its life, and called for the "powerful U.S.-south Korea combined defense capability".

His assertion is little different from an awful logic that a gangster protects the owner of a house.
Nevertheless, Park, a witch, was engaged in confrontation with the fellow countrymen, slandering the DPRK more viciously than her master, Obama.

At the "summit" and "joint press conference", she took issue with the DPRK over its nuclear deterrence with the assertion that the "line of simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force would be bound to failure", keeping mum about the U.S. nukes.

She even went the length of crying out that Obama's trip to south Korea would be a "resolute message to the north's provocation", calling on its neighboring countries to take stronger measure against it.

The U.S. made a "promise" to reexamine the period of transfer of wartime operation control, scheduled to be expired by late 2015, in the plea of jointly countering "threat" from the DPRK as demanded by the south Korean puppets.

The south Korean puppets asked the U.S. to further postpone the period, talking about what they called "security environment".
Such disgraceful behavior of Park Geun Hye in league with the outside forces is a treachery that declared the all-out confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north while disregarding the opportunity presented by the nation.

Park is doomed to the same miserable destiny met by the "Yusin" dictator.
The U.S. and the south Korean puppets can never evade the blame for the serious consequences to be entailed by their anti-DPRK plot laid with Obama's trip as an occasion.


Minju Joson Accuses U.S. and S. Korean Authorities for Increasing Danger of War

Pyongyang, April 22 (KCNA) -- The Foal Eagle, the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises, clearly proved that the U.S. and the south Korean authorities do not want to improve the relations with the DPRK even a bit.

Minju Joson Tuesday says this in a commentary. It goes on:
From the outset of the year the DPRK has made sincere efforts with the noble patriotic will to open up a turning phase for independent reunification, peace and prosperity by improving the deteriorated north-south relations at any costs.

The practical measures and sincere efforts of the DPRK provided an opportunity for improving the north-south relations.
Pressurized by the U.S., the puppet warmongers staged the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises in collusion with the U.S., chilling the atmosphere for the improvement of the north-south relations and pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula to an extreme pitch of strain.

This fully revealed the belligerent nature of the U.S., the very one wrecking peace, escalating tensions and increasing the danger of a war on the Korean peninsula, and the puppet forces kowtowing to it.
The Foal Eagle clearly proved once again that it is the most correct option for the nation that the DPRK has bolstered its self-defensive war deterrent under the unfurled banner of Songun.


U.S. "Human Rights" Racket against DPRK's Sovereignty Is Doomed to Failure: KCNA Report

Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The U.S. anti-DPRK smear campaign over the human rights issue has gone to an extreme phase that can be no longer overlooked.

In this regard, the Korean Central News Agency issued a report on Tuesday, which says:
The U.S.-led "Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK" made public a "report on human rights in the DPRK" at the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council now under way in Geneva, which slandered the DPRK for no ground.

This "human rights racket" is little different from modern-style declaration of war as it represents a new mode of aggression the U.S. has employed in realizing its anti-DPRK policy.
Terming the U.S. call for "human rights protection" a new slogan for war at present, the report further says:
Peace and stability can be hardly found in any part of the world, due to the "Sept. 11 incident", "color revolution", "Arab spring" named "democracy revolution" in the Middle East and other challenges over human rights issue provoked by the imperialists from early in the new century.

At present "human rights" and "democracy" have become synonyms for the imperialists' global disturbance.
The U.S. gained much profit from the wars conducted in the 20th century. It is now again making fabulous profits by such wicked war acts as instigating insurgents, seized with lust for power, to tribal strife and rebellion in those countries and regions related to its interests.

Styling itself the "world's human rights judge", the U.S. has annually estimated the world human rights situation in an improper manner. The U.S., in its recent "report on human rights situation in the world", slandered nearly 200 countries and regions over the human rights performance as it pleased.

Advocating the theory of "priority to human rights", the U.S., kingpin of human rights abusers, has blatantly engaged itself in violating sovereignty of other countries and toppling their governments.

The "regime change" in other countries, aimed to set up pro-American governments, has been the keynote of the U.S. foreign policy over the past 100 years.
The U.S. expends one billion dollars every year in its moves to overthrow governments in other countries.
The imperialists' interference in other countries under the pretext of "human rights protection" reaches to all spheres of state policies and social life.

The spearhead of the U.S. "human rights" offensive is directed mainly to the DPRK. Regarding the nuclear and "human rights" issues as the two mainstays for its anti-DPRK policy, the U.S. is now making desperate efforts to "change" the socialist system of the DPRK under the pretext of "human rights situation".

Today the DPRK advances toward the final victory of the Juche revolution by dint of the great ideology, the invincible military strength and the might of single-minded unity, and its overall national power is remarkably rising.

Upset by this advance, the hostile forces are getting hell-bent on the human rights racket to overthrow the socialist system of the DPRK invariably going along the road of independence against imperialism, destroy its history and traditions and grab its wealth of victory.

Among the scenarios for attack on the DPRK, worked out by the U.S. Defense Department, is OPLAN 5030 the keynote of which is to make a Northeast Asian version of "color revolution" through a psychological warfare. This scenario is aimed to shake the faith and will of the DPRK servicepersons and people by creating terror-ridden atmosphere and confusing ideology in the country.

After adopting it as its state policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK in the plea of "human right issue", the U.S. has taken every practical step for its implementation.

It cooked up "North Korean Human Rights Act", spending colossal state budget for its enforcement. Allegedly to improve "human rights records" in the DPRK, it has allocated tens of millions of dollars of the government budget to anti-DPRK organizations and individuals every year.

Calling for "free network" in the DPRK, the U.S. seeks to infuse the American-style political value concepts and ideals into its people.
So, it has persistently pulled up the DPRK over its strict control on such impure publications as pornography, in an intention to instigate alien elements. It went the lengths of claiming that the DPRK's strict step of removing the modern-type factionalists who seriously violated popular masses' human rights, construction of sports facilities and sport enthusiasm are contrary to the "human rights standard".

Recently the U.S. CIA gave an order to conduct offensive intelligence activities against the DPRK over the "human rights issue". There's no guarantee that the U.S., taking no account of international law, won't launch aggression on the DPRK anytime by invoking the "human rights act".

Sovereignty is what keeps a nation alive, the report stresses, adding:
The U.S. "human rights" offensive can never work on the DPRK whose people have experienced the fact that the human rights are insignificant if they are not guaranteed by the state power.

Stateless people are more miserable than a dog in a house of grief. This is the lesson of history the Korean people have drawn through 40-odd years of the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule over Korea and nearly 70 years of the territorial division and sanctions and blockade by foreign forces.

Witnessing the prevailing jungle law, the people in the DPRK came to keenly realize the truth that the human rights are just national sovereignty and this sovereignty is guaranteed by powerful deterrent.

Northeast Asia with the Korean Peninsula as the center is a region interwoven with the interests of big countries. If it were weak in national strength and thus its sovereignty had not been defended, the DPRK would have already been in the crisis worse than the "color revolution" or the Mideast situation and its people would have found themselves in a miserable fate of modern-type slaves in the 21st century.

The DPRK's socialism centered on the popular masses came to being in the course of its party and people's great struggle, and it exists and develops in keeping with the country's specific conditions and by the option and requirement of the working masses.

It is the true picture of human rights performance in the DPRK to give priority to the popular masses' interests, reliably guarantee them with the dictatorship for people's democracy and protect its citizens and their vital rights from aggression and interference by outsiders.

The DPRK's righteous human rights law shows no mercy with the sharpened sword of dictatorship to those who violate the working masses' rights, do all sorts of wrongs openly and covertly waiting for a chance for violence or commit violent crimes.
It is no more than a daydream to think that the political and economic system of the DPRK may be changed to suit the American standard.

The army and people of the DPRK have turned out in the struggle to reliably defend its sovereignty with their strong mental power and inexhaustible strength. The sovereignty of the DPRK, ensured by the great ideology, social system and people, can never be bartered.

The policy-makers of the U.S. should clearly see and know about the DPRK. They are advised to be mindful that any "human rights" challenge to the DPRK vigorously advancing toward rosy future is as good as a suicidal act of implanting a time-bomb in the heart of Washington.

The U.S. should judge the situation in a reasonable way and make a policy decision suited to the trend of the times. This will be a right option beneficial to itself at present.
Its hostile policy toward the DPRK can never be tolerated and it is doomed to failure in the long run.


KCNA Terms U.S. Worst Human Rights Abuser

Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) Friday released a report disclosing the true colors of the U.S. as the worst human rights abuser in the world.
The report noted that the U.S. society has turned into a veritable hell where all human rights are violated and stamped out.

The report went on: The U.S. Census Bureau in its statistical data on Sep. 17 last year noted that there were about 46. 5 million impoverished people throughout the U.S. in 2012. This is 0.3 million more than the number of those in 2011.

According to a nation-wide opinion poll conducted by the U.S. opinion poll institution GALLUP on March 26 last year, 43 percent of its respondents regarded the issues of starvation and housing as serious social problems.

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Sep. 17 last year said that about 48 million inhabitants were not able to receive proper healthcare in 2012, unable to afford to insure themselves.

FBI announced that 1 214 464 cases of high profile crimes occurred across the U.S. in 2012.
Due to the worsening economic crisis, the number of unemployed reached 10 200 000 as of January this year, 3.6 million of them being long-term jobless people. (U.S. Department of Labor Feb. 21, 2014)

The turnout rate in the 2012 presidential election was just 57.5 percent.
The election in the U.S. is characterized by a competition for spending money.

More than 2 billion dollars were spent for the election campaigns towards the end of October, 2012, which were conducted by Obama, the present chief executive of the U.S., and Romney, the then governor of the Massachusetts State. This was recorded as all-time high in the U.S. history. (The final report on election campaign funds submitted to the U.S. federal election committee)

The U.S. National Security Agency illegally monitored and snooped e-mails and internet information of inhabitants. This numbered a total of 56 000 cases in 4 years until 2011. (Document of the U.S. Court Aug. 21, 2013)

Judicial authorities are taking the lead in abusing human rights.

Inviolable classrooms look like war theatres and young people are becoming mentally and physically corrupt due to excessive drinking of alcohol, etc. This is a social tragedy produced by U.S.-style "liberty", "democracy" and "civilization".

Inequality is prevailing in all fabrics of politics, economy and social life due to extreme discrimination in race, nationality, sex and age.
According to the 2013 January-February issue of Boston Review alone, more than 2 million African Americans are deprived of their right to vote.

A statistical data of the U.S. Department of Labor noted that jobless rate of the white was just 7 percent but that of African Americans and Hispanic Americans was 14.3 and 10 percent in October, 2012.

The Court of the Florida State gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman who shot a defenseless black boy to death when he was on his way home on July 14 last year.

Americans who were arrested by police numbered 685 000 in New York in 2011, more than 85 percent of whom were African and Hispanic Americans. (Reuters website on July 3, 2012)
According to a survey published in the U.S. in April last year, more than 67 000 women are sexually assaulted every day.

Sexual violence against women is serious in the U.S. forces.
The number of poor children stood at about 16.1 million in the U.S. till the end of 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau Sept. 17, 2013)

Over 670 children were abducted in 2012 alone and 100 000 children are falling victim to the flesh traffic every year. (USA Today on Sept. 27, 2012)

The U.S. has established eavesdropping facilities in at least 80 parts of the world to perpetrate espionage.
Under the signboard of "counter-terrorism" the U.S. has perpetrated aggression and intervention against various countries and regions of the world. These are the worst state-sponsored crimes including human rights abuses.

The U.S. has wantonly trampled down religions of other nations and freedom of religious belief.
An anti-Islamic film was posted on an internet website of the U.S. on September of 2012, lashing the whole Islamic world into fury.

Washington has also zealously kicked up the racket of imposing sanctions against other countries and perpetrated actions to topple their governments. These are also serious infringement upon their sovereignty and human rights abuses.

All facts go to clearly prove that the U.S., tundra of human rights, is a criminal state which should be brought to the court for trying human rights abuses.

The report called on the international community to heighten vigilance against the despicable human rights campaign of the U.S. aimed at stifling sovereign states by building up public opinion on their fictitious "human rights issues" and internationalizing them, and to resolutely reject and foil it.


Rodong Sinmun Lays Bare U.S. Dangerous Move to Frame Up Asian Version of NATO

Pyongyang, February 18 (KCNA) -- U.S. experts on international and military affairs are asserting that the U.S. should have a "leading position" in ensuring "peace" and "security" in the Asia-Pacific region as its situation remains very unstable and, to this end, it is necessary to work out a new strategy and carry it out, and it is most ideal to set up the Asian version of NATO.

The U.S. authorities, expressing their positive stand toward this, are talking about the justification of close military cooperation and alliance with their allies in the region. The U.S. is busying itself doing so.

Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday observes in an article in this regard:
What the U.S. seeks is to set up the Asian version of NATO and, on its basis, dominate the region.
In the past period the U.S. had made alliance with some forces following it in the Asia-Pacific region while laying stress on Europe only.

It considers that it cannot dominate the region, Northeast Asia in particular, through such alliance. So, it is trying to fake up an integral military bloc to contain big powers in the region. The core of the scenario is to round off the bilateral alliance between the U.S. and south Korea and between the U.S. and Japan as a triangular military alliance and develop it into a multinational military alliance comprising Australia, etc.

It is needless to say that the Asian version of NATO is an aggressive military bloc for realizing the U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy.
What matters is which is the primary target of attack of this Asian version of NATO. It is the DPRK. The U.S. calculates that only when it puts the Korean peninsula under its control, can it contain neighboring big powers with the peninsula as a springboard.

If a new aggressive military bloc is knocked into shape with the huge U.S. forces as an axis in the region, arms race, confrontation, military conflict and war in the region will be inevitable.


Rodong Sinmun Slams U.S. Arms Buildup in Asia-Pacific

Pyongyang, January 27 (KCNA) -- The U.S. arms buildup in the Asia-Pacific region is aimed to dominate the region, not for peace and defence, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in an article. It goes on:

The DPRK is the primary target of the U.S. arms buildup in the region. It is the strategic goal of the U.S. to invade the DPRK, bring its neighboring countries under its control with it as a stepping-stone and, furthermore, dominate the whole Asia-Pacific region.
The U.S. is amassing huge forces including nuclear weapons in south Korea and its vicinity, asserting that the Korean Peninsula is a place vital for carrying out its pivot to Asia-Pacific policy.

The aim of the U.S. arms buildup in south Korea is not confined to this. It is the U.S. scenario to ignite a nuclear war through beefed-up forces.
The U.S. is working hard to kick off large-scale joint military drills this year, too, for the purpose of mounting a preemptive nuclear attack upon the DPRK.

These U.S. moves are creating such a dangerous situation on the peninsula that a nuclear war may break out at any moment.
If the nuclear war breaks out on the peninsula, it will be bound to rapidly spill over to vast areas of the region.

With no rhetoric can the U.S. evade the responsibility for having escalated tension in the region or justify its arms buildup for invading and dominating regional countries.


[KyongHyang Editorial] Abe Pays His Respects at the Yasukuni Shrine: An Insult to History

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise visit to the Yasukuni Shrine yesterday and paid his respects. The Yasukuni Shrine is a place where the souls of those with the greatest responsibility for war crimes against humanity are laid. The Japanese prime minister burned incense and bowed for those very souls. His actions are incompatible with his speech, which had claimed to have been reflecting on the mistakes of war. Perhaps Abe is admitting that the two cannot go together. In the end, he revealed his ambiguous true self. Abe's latest action has decisively damaged the efforts of apology and reflection which the Japanese politician had expressed so far.

Given that he had been cautious on the issue of visiting the shrine aware of the eyes of neighboring countries, Abe's latest action is surprising. He had put off discussions on constitutional amendments and had postponed allowing the right to collective self-defense based on a new interpretation of the Constitution until next year. He had already changed his mind on the fact that he could revise or refuse to acknowledge the Murayama Statement, which expressed Japan's responsibility and reflection on colonial rule and aggression, and the Kono Statement, which acknowledged and apologized for forcing women to become comfort women for the Japanese soldiers. He had proposed a South Korea-Japan summit on several occasions and mentioned the need to restore the relations between the two countries.

Abe's actions cannot be explained by any reason except perhaps some urgent matter which might have forced Abe to put priority on the situation in domestic politics over neighboring countries and the international community. The Japanese prime minister may have planned the latest visit targeting the conservatives with the purpose to pull his approval ratings up, for they had plummeted after he pushed ahead with a secrecy bill. President Lee Myung-bak once tried to attract domestic support by visiting Dokdo. It appears the leaders of the two conflicting countries engaged in the same behavior to save their approval ratings.

The lesson that one should not provoke one's opponent in order to attract domestic support should apply to the political leaders of both South Korea and Japan. As long as the two countries outwardly express concern for their relations with each other yet engage in actions which provoke their opponents, and as long as a structure where they receive political rewards for these actions rather than political disadvantages prevails, we cannot expect a fundamental improvement in the relations between the two countries.

At last, there was a movement forming in Korea urging for an active improvement in the relations between the two countries next year. Public opinion was moving in favor of a summit between South Korea and Japan, as well as a summit among the three countries, South Korea, Japan, and China, which failed to go through this year. Voices were raised urging the government to stop letting territorial and past issues hold back cooperation in foreign affairs and security, and to continue joint efforts in these fields.

But Prime Minister Abe shocked his neighbors with his visit to the shrine and his actions have silenced all these voices. Actions provoking nationalism in neighboring countries often give power to the hardliners and this in turn brings the conservatives within Japan together, leading to a vicious cycle where conflict intensifies. In fact, the situation in Northeast Asia was already tense due to China's declaration of its expanded air defense identification zone. At a time when Abe should have refrained from disturbing the situation in Northeast Asia, he chose to light a fire in the powder magazine.

The positive image and reputation which Japan had built as a peaceful country, the awareness on ethics and human rights of the Japanese people will now face criticism from the world. The United States as well as South Korea, China and Taiwan criticized Prime Minister Abe's actions. The world will watch to see how the Japanese citizens accept this situation and to listen to what they have to say. The Japanese people will have to clearly voice their views on the attitude of Prime Minister Abe, who left a dent in Japan's dignity.


KCNA Commentary Decries Japan's Suspension of Subsidies to Korean Schools

Pyongyang, November 20 (KCNA) -- The Tokyo Metropolitan authorities and the Yokohama City Educational Committee of Japan decided not to pay subsidies to Korean schools in Japan.
Citing the reason, they said it is because "north Korea threatens Japan's peace with nuclear weapons and missiles" and "facilities of Korean schools have been used for activities of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon)."

This is a mean act of those steeped in bitterness toward the DPRK and Chongryon and chauvinist idea to the marrow of their bones.
The reason cited by the Japanese reactionaries when suppressing the Korean schools is sophism to justify their crimes against humanity.

Once they cried out for imposing sanctions on Korean schools, citing "abduction issue" and "contents of education". This sparked off denunciation and rebuff by the public.
Now they label Korean schools as "ideology schools" and "institutions for operation against Japan", not content with taking issue with the war deterrence of the DPRK.

As was reported by CNN broadcasting journalists' travelogue on a Korean school in Japan this year, Korean schools in Japan are educational institutions as same as those in other parts of the world.
This proves the absurdity of the reasons cited by the Japanese reactionaries.

Clear is the aim sought by the Japanese authorities in kicking up the wholesale suppression of Korean schools in Japan.
We cannot but take note of the fact that the reasons for discrimination against Korean schools have something in common with the anti-DPRK and anti-Chongryon moves which have so far been conducted by the Japanese right-wing forces.

Politicians of the island country have been angered by their anti-DPRK racket proving futile despite their loud call for "pressurizing the DPRK to abandon nuclear program".
They seek to use Korean students in Japan for realizing their hostile policy toward the DPRK.
The Japanese ultra-right forces' racket for imposing sanctions on Korean schools is a hideous crime against humanity.

The international convention on abolition of all forms of racial discrimination adopted at the UN in 1965 defines as racial discrimination any form of differentiation, rejection and restriction attributed to lineage and nationality and brands organizations encouraging these acts and those affiliated to them as international criminals.

Moreover, students of Korean schools are descendents of Koreans who were subject to all kinds of hard work after being forcibly taken to Japan during the Japanese imperialists' fascist colonial rule.

The Japanese authorities are under obligation to provide Korean students with the right to learn from international legal point of view and in the light of historical facts.
Japan has so far officially approved the operation of Korean schools in Japan and could not but conduct activities supporting them till a few years ago because it owned legal and moral obligations for its past crime-woven history and it feared strict opinion of the international community.

With nothing can Japan justify the act of using foreign students in the country as political bargaining chips for realizing its reactionary foreign policy.
The Japanese reactionaries' hideous political terrorism to achieve their aim by suppressing rising generations and campus will result in pricking their own eyes.


S. Korean Regime's "Theory of Adhering to Principle" Is Theory of War against DPRK

Pyongyang, November 14 (KCNA) -- The south Korean authorities' "theory of adhering to principle" is a dangerous theory of confrontation with compatriots in the north, a theory of war of aggression against the north aimed to harass peace, escalate tensions and ignite a war on the Korean Peninsula, says a commentator's article of Rodong Sinmun Thursday.

The article says: The puppet regime of south Korea put forward "hard-line" and "pressure" as another "principle to be adhered to in dealing with the north" while calling for "firm security posture", "solid south Korea-U.S. alliance" and "strong deterrence against the north" in its bid to provoke a new war.

"Security" and "deterrence against the north" touted by the puppet warmongers are just the pronoun for military confrontation and war moves and it is just a trick to cover up their aggressive nature.
They are talking about "nuclear threat" and "provocation" by the north while getting desperate in their moves to provoke a war. This is sophism that can never work on others.

The puppet regime argues that "the north must be prevented from using nukes". Even a mere child knows that it is a crafty trick to invade the north by forcing it to disarm itself.
The regime is taking issue with the just nuclear deterrence of the north while defending the nuclear weapons and nuclear war moves of the U.S. This is like a guilty party filing the suit first.

The present south Korean conservative forces' nuclear war racket against the DPRK far surpasses that of the Lee Myung Bak regime of traitors in its reckless and dangerous nature.

It is the south Korean present regime which frequently brings more nuclear war means to south Korea and in its vicinity, turning those areas into exhibition of the U.S. nuclear weapons and theatre of anti-DPRK nuclear saber-rattling. It is also the present regime which has actively pursues the U.S. nuclear war moves.

Traitor Lee Myung Bak signed with the U.S. the war scenario dubbed "nuclear posture" to go under his master's "nuclear umbrella". The present group of conservatives adopted "tailored deterrence strategy" aimed at "preemptive nuclear attack" on the north and even joined the U.S. missile defense system by soliciting it for cooperation.

When atmosphere of detente was temporarily created on the Korean Peninsula thanks to the DPRK's peace-loving efforts for dialogue, the puppet regime clung to the coattail of its U.S. master, begging it not to get embroiled in the north's "tactics for engaging the U.S. and blocking south Korea" but "steadily put across consistent and clear message".

The regime even solicited for international cooperation against the north in several foreign countries while kicking up unprecedented racket of suppressing "forces following the north" in south Korea as part of its fascist suppression whirlwind for stamping out democratic and progressive forces, thereby stunning the world.

After taking power the present regime has done nothing but plunging north-south ties into a deadlock and increased the danger of war through anti-DPRK war moves and smear campaign and the crackdown on the reunification movement forces.

All facts prove that the "theory of adhering to principle" touted by the puppet regime is the revised version of the theory of sycophancy toward the U.S., theory of confrontation with fellow countrymen and the theory of war against the north.


¡®Confidence-Building Process¡¯ Is Source of North-South Distrust, Confrontation -Rodong Sinmun

Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- The "confidence-building process", the "policy toward the north" touted by the south Korean authorities, is the anti-reunification policy aimed to fan up the distrust and hostility between the north and the south and escalate the confrontation with compatriots.
Rodong Sinmun Wednesday says in an article in this regard:
The puppet forces alleged that "confidence-building process" is based on "firm security" and "substantial deterrence forces". This goes to clearly prove that the "policy toward the north" pursued by the south Korean authorities is, in a fact, a war policy to justify the military provocation and showdown with the use of force.

Dialogue between the north and the south suspended and distrust increased owing to the puppet forces' deliberate and premeditated moves of using the dialogue for escalating confrontation with compatriots under the "confidence-building process".

The attitude toward the north-south declarations is a touchstone distinguishing whether they want to improve the inter-Korean relations or not.
In view of this, the "confidence-building process" goes quite contrary to the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration.

The declarations call for multi-faceted dialogue and cooperation but the "confidence-building process" refuses full-scale dialogue and cooperation under the pretext of the nuclear issue.
The situation clearly proves the anti-reunification nature of the "confidence-building process" as the source of escalating confrontation with compatriots.

The puppet authorities let loose a spate of vituperation to give impression that they are concerned about improving the inter-Korean relations while talking about the "confidence-building process". This is an unpardonable mockery and insult to all the compatriots at home and abroad aspiring after independent reunification, peace and prosperity.