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Japan's Reinvasion Ambition May Lead It to Ruin: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, December 20 (KCNA) -- Japan Prime Minister Abe at the recent budget committee of the House of Councilors voiced his opinion to refer the existence of "Self-defence Forces" to article 9 of constitution and tolerate the exercise of the right to "collective self-defence".
This full-fledged revelation of the Japanese reactionaries to revive militarism constitutes a serious threat to the peace in the region and the rest of the world.
The military fanatics' ambition for reinvasion has now reached the phase which can no longer be overlooked.

Abe who set it as a goal to make Japan a "country capable of fighting a war" away from the postwar system which binds the country, has gone crafty enough to use such leverage as the exercise of the "right to collective self-defence".
In 2013 Japan adopted "state security strategy" as the first thing in Japan's political history and called for making "more active contribution" to peace and stability of the international community based on positive pacifism, thereby shaping a legal framework for theoretically supporting the exercise of the "right to collective self-defence".

In April 2015, it revised the "U.S.-Japan defence cooperation guidelines" which designated the distribution of cooperation and roles concerning the operation, information and logistic support for the U.S. forces and "Self-defence Forces" in case of emergency after the lapse of 18 years, thereby expanding the scope of overseas military operation of the SDF to all directions.

In September 2015 Japan packaged eleven security bills for legally supporting the "U.S.-Japan defence cooperation guidelines" to adopt a "law on security" and put it into official effect from March 29, 2016.

Accordingly the SDF was invested with the right to conduct military operational duty in any area of the world under the pretext of the exercise of "right to collective self-defence".
What left to be done by the Japanese reactionary ruling forces who are pursuing overseas aggression now is to retrogressively revise the "pacifist constitution" and secure "validity" and "legitimacy" of the moves for becoming a military giant and launching overseas aggression.

A foreign media expressed concerns long ago that "the issue of collective self-defence is just an appetizer for the main course of constitutional revision for Abe".
At an event marking the 70th anniversary of the enforcement of constitution of Japan Abe said "the present constitution has to be modified as the security environment has undergone a change due to the north's nuclear and missile development". It is clear that this was aimed to create a pretext for constitutional revision and create an excuse for overseas advance of the SDF.

The wild act of the Japanese right-wing forces led by Abe is leading the Japanese archipelago to the danger line.
To look back on history, all Japan's aggression attempts at Korean peninsula and the Asian continent ended in bitter defeat and left wound that is hardly healable even to the Japanese people.
Japan has to draw a serious lesson from its past history of aggression.
If the present ruling quarters of Japan follow in the footsteps of the predecessors, not waking up from the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere", they will only face final ruin. -0-

KCNA Commentary on U.S. Farce of Re-listing DPRK as "Terrorist Sponsor"

Pyongyang, December 4 (KCNA) -- The U.S. farce of re-listing the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism" has touched off the derision of the public at home and abroad.
U.S. media such as Fox News, New York Post, Wall Street Journal and other western media said that placing north Korea back on the list of "state sponsors of terrorism" is illogical, adding if the nuclear and missile development should be preconditions for getting listed as a "terrorist sponsor", all those countries developing nuclear weapons and missiles including the U.S. must be regarded as terrorist sponsors.
Even officials of the U.S. administration and experts in the Korean issue cast doubt on the "legal standard in listing north Korea as a terrorist sponsor".

In the meantime, French internet homepages said that "if there is a country sponsoring terrorism, it is the U.S.", "the U.S. is telling a lie", "the country to be blamed for the world's biggest crimes is trying to act like gendarme". Articles derisive of the U.S. and Trump that were posted on websites showed an explosive increase in their numbers, drawing attention of the public.

As acknowledged by the international community, the U.S. is the world's worst terrorist sponsor and the hotbed of international terrorism.
To look back on history, the U.S. has benefited from terrorist acts and man-slaughter.
The label of "terrorist sponsor" which the U.S. attaches and detaches at its will is nothing but a means for enforcing the U.S.-style high-handedness.

The U.S. has attached the label of "terrorist sponsor" to those countries not subservient to it since 1979. It de-listed Iraq and Libya which yielded to its pressure and, as for the DPRK, it had attached the label in 1988 and detached it in October 2008.
The U.S., kingpin of all sorts of terrorism, is attaching and detaching the label of "terrorist sponsor" to other sovereign countries as if it is an "international terrorist judge" even though it fails to stop terrorism taking place even inside the country. This is the height of folly and a mockery of the international peace and security.

The U.S. act of listing countries as "terrorist sponsors" is a sordid method of international terrorism aimed to list independent countries not yielding to it as "devils", and a hideous act against humanity insulting the human desire for world peace and stability.

The biggest victim of the U.S. act of terrorism is the DPRK.
The racket of re-listing the DPRK as a "terrorist sponsor" is part of state-sponsored terrorism which assumes complicated nature along with the biggest-size military blackmails and sanctions and pressure racket against the country.
Through the re-listing the U.S. revealed in public that it is trying to stifle the ideology and social system in the DPRK with the mobilization of all means and methods.

The U.S. call for "anti-terrorism" although it is branded as a top-class terrorist criminal will invite bitterer censure and derision of the world people.
No sanctions and high-handedness will prove effective before the great might of the people of the DPRK united single-mindedly around their leader.
The will of the Korean people to finally settle accounts with the group of gangsters becomes stronger as the U.S. gets all the more frantic in its racket for stifling the DPRK. -0-

KCNA Commentary Urges U.S. to Stop Nuclear Threat to DPRK

Pyongyang, November 24 (KCNA) -- The U.S. has gone mischievous nowadays to stop the DPRK from making advance as the nuclear force of Juche Korea has almost reached the phase of completion.
As the DPRK's action for completing its state nuclear force is becoming a fait accompli, the Trump group is floating the story of "nuclear attack" on the DPRK, trying to make it sound plausible.

By putting forward those soldiers who retired from service of the nuclear force, the U.S. is opening to public every procedure for executing the nuclear attack. The group is getting vocal that "President Trump would choose a plan already existing on table when he see it as a moment to use a nuclear weapon against north Korea" and that "it is almost impossible to stop the decision".

Meanwhile, the U.S. is setting afloat information that it is making actual preparations for a nuclear war with the DPRK as evidenced by the report about the August nuclear bombing drill targeting the DPRK which B-52 of its air force conducted with Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" in areas around the Korean peninsula.

Such movement of the Trump group is aimed to pressurize the DPRK from taking a measure for completing the building of a nuclear force at the final phase.
In conclusion, the U.S. had better clearly understand who its rival is.
If the U.S. is finally going to inflict a nuclear war on the DPRK, by finding fault with the DPRK's self-defensive measure for completing the national nuclear force, the DPRK will not hesitate to respond to it with the nuclear attack to wipe out the U.S., empire of evil, from the earth.

It seems that the U.S. has lingering attachment for the Caribbean crisis in the 1960s. It will be a grave miscalculation for the U.S. to think that it can revive the Caribbean crisis on the Korean peninsula and bring down the DPRK.
The Korean peninsula is not the Caribbean region and the Korean People's Army is not such a weak one who would put down its nuclear weapon at the nuclear threat and blackmail of the U.S. The KPA is the invincible and ever-victorious powerful army full of the spirit of annihilating enemies.

The KPA is a heroic army which wrested surrender documents from the U.S. without nuclear weapons in all forms of confrontation with the U.S. including the 1968 Pueblo incident and the 1976 Panmunjom case.
No force on the earth can bring into submission the DPRK whose leader, army and people have formed a harmonious whole and it is truth proven by the history of the DPRK-U.S. stand-off that the DPRK will always emerge victorious.

The DPRK is a dignified nuclear power and a world-level military power and gone are the days never to return when the U.S. used to threaten the DPRK with nuclear weapons.
Trump had better ponder over the saying that "Give measure for measure". -0-

KCNA Commentary Slashes Efforts for Revival of Conservatism in S. Korea

Pyongyang, November 13 (KCNA) -- The conservatives in south Korea are making desperate efforts to evade the total ruin and prolong their dirty remaining days.
The "Liberal Korea Party" has gone crafty to win public support through the publication of a "party renovation manifesto" and with such honey-coated words as "three renovations" while claiming "renovation is the only way out for conservatism".
They describe the measure taken to expel Park Geun Hye from the party and the pressure offensive to force leading pro-Park Geun Hye elements So Chong Won and Choe Kyong Hwan to leave the party as a bold and meaningful beginning for "renovation".

The "Parun Party" members who have faced the end in the wake of withdrawal of the coalition party members from the party are also struggling hard to maintain their existence while promoting such "reformist policies" as "economic democracy" and "narrowing the differences between the rich and the poor". They are eyeing political collusion with the "Kukmin Party" while professing differences from the "Liberal Korea Party" under the signboard of "clean conservatism" and "reformist conservatism".

The farce of "conservatives' renovation" and "conservatives' reform" staged by the conservative group in their search of a way-out is the last-ditch efforts of those who outlived their days.
Historically, the conservative forces of south Korea have been renowned as a group of traitors to the nation who took the lead in fostering national division and fratricidal war and bringing unspeakable misfortune, pain and disaster to the south Koreans.

Everyone knows that the LKP and the "Parun Party" are from the bankrupt "Saenuri Party" which had been in line with Park Geun Hye to pursue traitorous politics and corruption and irregularities.
Whatever sleight of hand the group of conservatives may resort to, nothing will change. This is the unanimous comment of the south Koreans who experienced the behavior of the conservative ruling forces for more than half a century.

The April popular uprising in 1960, the October resistance for democracy in 1979 and the June popular resistance in 1987 and the candlelight demonstration in October last year for the elimination of Park Geun Hye were stern punishment meted out to the conservative forces by the south Koreans.

But the group of traitors who were sentenced to death together with Park Geun Hye have now gone clumsy to call for "conservatives' renovation" and "conservatives' reform" just reminding one of a drowning man catching at a straw.
Imbeciles keen on meeting their greed for power only are trying to veil their ambition for the revival of conservatism and stay in power with such words as "renovation" and "reform" but their crimes fresh in the memory of the people can never be written off.

The nightmare of history will repeat, should conservatism is allowed to go roughshod, challenging the candlelight mindset.
The broad segments of the south Koreans should not tolerate the childish burlesque of the conservatives but courageously turn out in the struggle to abolish conservatism and evil administration and to achieve new politics, new society and new life. -0-

Peace in the Korean peninsula: An achievement possible only by Koreans By Moon J. Pak, M.D., Ph.D.

The year 2016 was epic for both North and South Korea. In South Korea, there was a people¡¯s uprising called the Candlelight Vigil (also known as the November Revolution), a peaceful daily protest that went on for many weeks against the corruption of the conservative regimes of past-presidents, Lee, Myung-bak, and Park, Geun-hye.

Hundreds of hours and millions of candles later, in April, Park was impeached, resigned and South Koreans voted in a liberal regime, and a new president, Moon, Jae-in. Among many other aspirations of a new age with this new government, Koreans hope that the Moon regime will end the long period of hatred and enmity against the North (the Democratic People¡¯s Republic of Korea or DPRK).

Also during this same time period, North Korea has developed a long-range missile delivery system for its nuclear warhead. Starting some years ago, North Korea conducted fission and fusion nuclear explosion tests. More recently, it also conducted multiple medium-range and long-range missile tests over international waters.

The appearance of U.S. President Donald Trump has had a significant effect on U.S.-Korean peninsula relations, mainly due to his unusual personality, as well as the unique relationship between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea).

The division of Korea, at the end of the World War II in 1945 was forced upon it. The allied forces, headed up the U.S. made an agreement with Soviet Russia, that it would control a southern zone of Korea, while the Soviets controlled a northern zone. Each imposed its own form of government in the area of its influence.
Subsequently, the Korean people endured the Korean War (1950-53), a war of proxy, where a civil war in Korea stood in for an ideological struggle between capitalism and socialism.

In 1953, the U.S. and DPRK signed an armistice treaty to end the fighting, which was not a full peace treaty. At the time, there was an agreement to convene in Geneva, Switzerland in three months to hammer out the full peace treaty. However, the promise of a treaty was never kept, due to the reluctance of the U.S.

Thus, the international relationship between the U.S. and North Korea can be characterized as a state of arrested war. This temporary status has persisted over 65 years, despite many requests by North Korea to normalize the relationship and restore diplomatic relations. North Korean leaders have frequently said normalizing relations and signing a peace treaty would allow it to reduce its defense spending and concentrate on building its economy.

From the perspective of the U.S., a continued status of arrested war with the DPRK enables it to maintain military domination of a broad region of Northeast Asia, rationalizing that a large military presence is justified due to the threat of war. Past presidents have made statements such as ¡°the Pacific is the Anglo-Saxon lake¡± (Ronald Reagan), and ¡°North Kore is part of an Axis of Evil¡± (George W. Bush) to strengthen their claim that the U.S. belongs in the Northeast Asia region. Barack Obama famously began an ¡°Asia Pivot policy¡± and claimed that his stance toward North Korea was to be one of ¡°Strategic Patience.¡±

For 65 years, the U.S. has attempted to further isolate North Korea, with a total of nine sanctions and embargoes. The U.S. has made multiple nuclear threats, by having strategic nuclear weapons stationed in South Korea and by having nuclear-armed bombers fly near North Korean air space from its base located in the island of Guam. It has also conducted multiple annual joint military drills with the South Korean military near the North Korean border. These drills have included mobilization of aircraft carriers, missile-carrying submarines and other naval ships. The joint maneuvers have included landing exercises, and more recently, an outrageous drill called the ¡°Decapitation Project,¡± practice run of an assassination attempt of the North Korean leader, a person who is revered by the people of the country with almost a religious fervor.

Looking at it from this perspective, it is understandable how the DPRK has become a tightly-knit, highly defense-oriented country. With only 25 million people, 1.2 million North Koreans are armed military personnel. A quarter of its GDP ($30 billion) is spent on defense. Percentage-wise, it is the highest defense-spending in the world.

This year, it took a big step in becoming a nuclear power when it managed, after years of effort, to miniaturize a nuclear bomb that can be sent on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) warhead. For North Koreans, this step represents better deterrence of the U.S. and a guarantee that its regime¡¯s legitimacy will be recognized. Hopefully, it is also a step which could lead to a more normalized and peaceful relationship with all of its neighbors, especially the U.S. and South Korea.

However, with Donald Trump in the White House, the calculus of international dynamics between the two countries has been altered. With extremely undiplomatic rhetoric, to say the least, Trump has threatened North Korea, and the situation is now at the verge of a full-blown military conflict. This rhetoric could endanger the lives of the 70 million Koreans in the peninsula under an unthinkable nuclear catastrophe.

Indeed, in addition to his irresponsible handling of the Korean issue, Trump¡¯s treatment of nearly every other issue of domestic and international diplomacy has been disastrous. There seems to be no connection between his brain and vocal cords. As a politician, he seems to have no modicum of philosophical conviction about love of his country. His election to the White House is truly an American tragedy. He could make the America great again, by removing himself from the White House!

What to do about Trump is on the minds of many serious diplomats and elected officials right now. What is the best we can hope for? It is obvious that the U.S.-DPRK relationship during the Trump administration has no chance of improvement. We cannot hope that any Trump initiatives will lead to peace on the Korean peninsula.

The Korea has nearly 5,000 years of written history. In its heyday, its territory included a significant part of Manchuria and current mainland China. However, due to its strategic geopolitical location, and being surrounded by many large countries, the country was invaded frequently, some historians have said it was attacked once every other year, when one includes minor invasions like attacks by Japanese pirates. In the sweep of history, the division of Korea since 1953 is a very recent and very short event.

South Korea¡¯s GDP is now the 11th in the world. It is fifth largest automobile producer, second largest ship builder, and among an elite few countries leading the information technology and electronics industry. Between the two Koreas, they have the fourth largest military, after India, China and the U.S., and of course, it is also one of nine nations with nuclear weapons.

The time has come for the two halves of Korea to unify and establish peace and normal relations. It is critically important to realize that such peace can only be achieved by Koreans themselves, with no outside influence. It is a given that none of its four neighbors, China, Japan, Russia or U.S., would welcome the emergence of a strong, unified and independent Korea in the peninsula. A strong Korea would be good for Korea, but not necessarily good for ambitious neighboring countries wishing to wield political and economic influence in that area.

The basic tenets for peace and unification of the peninsula were laid down between the two Koreas more than 17 years ago, on June 15, 2000, when South Korean President Kim, Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim, Jong-il signed the ¡°6-15 Joint Declaration.¡± The agreement was re-affirmed in a second document on October 4, 2007, the ¡°10-4 Joint Agreement,¡± by South Korean President Roh, Moo-hyun and North Korean leader Kim, Jong-il.

It is time for a new summit meeting between the two new heads of state, with an ongoing regular meeting schedule set for the future. The first agenda of the new summit meeting, should be the nullification of the 65-year hostility with a reaffirmation of the non-aggression pact, one of the key agreements of the original ¡°6-15 Joint Declaration.¡±

Now that the DPRK is a nuclear state, it is important that it declare that its nuclear arms are not aimed at other Koreans in the South. Furthermore, as the process of unification reaches its final stage, its nuclear weapons system, along with its delivery technology, will be placed under the joint control and ownership of the two Koreas.

It is also critical that the ROK take the necessary actions to become independent from the U.S. influence; militarily, politically, diplomatically and economically. It must abolish the so-called UN Command, which gives control of the U.S. military to a U.S. general in the event of war. It must also eliminate U.S. bases, which number more than 80 scattered all over the country including the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Base, and Gangjung Naval Base in Jeju Island.

There are now more than 28,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea and also many of their direct families numbering over 30,000. Most of them are stationed at a base located in Pyongtaek, safely away from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Nonetheless, plenty of U.S. military would be deployed in the event of military action in Korea. It is apparent how little Trump knows about the situation, when he blustered out recently that if and when a war breaks out in Korea between the U.S. and North Korea, most of the casualty would be in ¡°across the Pacific not in our States¡± thus, there is nothing to worry about! He should have known that the war death will not be just the ¡°poor and insignificant Korean people¡± only!

As part of a new, exclusively Korean agreement for peace, the South Korean military will not continue to be a part of the multiple annual joint military maneuvers conducted by the U.S. near the North Korean shores, and furthermore the privilege of receiving the U.S. nuclear umbrella will no longer be necessary since it will be provided by its North Korean partner. The End
(Korean Quarterly, Vol.20, NUM 04, Fall, 2017)

While the U.S. Talks of War, South Korea Shudders There is no war scenario that ends in victory. By HAN KANG

SEOUL, South Korea ? I cannot turn my thoughts from the news article I happened to see a few days ago. A man in his 70s accidentally dropped two thick wads of cash in the street. Two people who happened upon this bundle of money and shared it between them were caught by the police, made to give up the money and charged with theft.

Up until here, it is still an ordinary story. But there was a special reason this man was carrying so much cash on him. ¡°I¡¯m worried that a war might be coming,¡± he told the police, ¡°so I¡¯d just taken my savings out of the bank and was on my way home.¡± He said that it was money he had saved ? a little bit each month ? for four years, intended to send his grandchildren to college. Since the Korean War broke out in 1950, war would have been the enduring experience of this man¡¯s adolescence. I imagine what he would have been feeling, a man who has lived an ordinary middle-class life ever since, on his way to the bank to take out his savings. The terror, the unease, the impotence, the nervousness.

Unlike that man, I belong to the generation that never experienced the Korean War. Crossing the border to the North was already impossible before I was born, and even now it is forbidden for Southerners to meet or have contact with Northerners. For those of us of the postwar generation, the country known as North Korea is at times felt as a kind of surreal entity. Of course, rationally, I and other Southerners are aware that Pyongyang is only two hours by car from Seoul and that the war is not over but still only at a cease-fire. I know it exists in reality, not as a delusion or mirage, though the only way to check up on this is through maps and the news.

But as a fellow writer who is of a similar age to me once said, the DMZ at times feels like the ocean. As though we live not on a peninsula but on an island. And as this peculiar situation has continued for 60 years, South Koreans have reluctantly become accustomed to a taut and contradictory sensation of indifference and tension.

Now and then, foreigners report that South Koreans have a mysterious attitude toward North Korea. Even as the rest of the world watches the North in fear, South Koreans appear unusually calm. Even as the North tests nuclear weapons, even amid reports of a possible pre-emptive strike on North Korea by the United States, the schools, hospitals, bookshops, florists, theaters and cafes in the South all open their doors at the usual time. Small children climb into yellow school buses and wave at their parents through the windows; older students step into the buses in their uniforms, their hair still wet from washing; and lovers head to cafes carrying flowers and cake.

And yet, does this calm prove that South Koreans really are as indifferent as we might seem? Has everyone really managed to transcend the fear of war? No, it is not so. Rather, the tension and terror that have accumulated for decades have burrowed deep inside us and show themselves in brief flashes even in humdrum conversation. Especially over the past few months, we have witnessed this tension gradually increasing, on the news day after day, and inside our own nervousness. People began to find out where the nearest air-raid shelter from their home and office is. Ahead of Chuseok, our harvest festival, some people even prepared gifts for their family ? not the usual box of fruit, but ¡°survival backpacks,¡± filled with a flashlight, a radio, medicine, biscuits. In train stations and airports, each time there is a news broadcast related to war, people gather in front of the television, watching the screen with tense faces. That¡¯s how things are with us. We are worried. We are afraid of the direct possibility of North Korea, just over the border, testing a nuclear weapon again and of a radiation leak. We are afraid of a gradually escalating war of words becoming war in reality. Because there are days we still want to see arrive. Because there are loved ones beside us. Because there are 50 million people living in the south part of this peninsula, and the fact that there are 700,000 kindergartners among them is not a mere number to us.

One reason, even in these extreme circumstances, South Koreans are struggling to maintain a careful calm and equilibrium is that we feel more concretely than the rest of the world the existence of North Korea, too. Because we naturally distinguish between dictatorships and those who suffer under them, we try to respond to circumstances holistically, going beyond the dichotomy of good and evil. For whose sake is war waged? This type of longstanding question is staring us straight in the face right now, as a vividly felt actuality.

In researching my novel ¡°Human Acts,¡± which deals with the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, when the military dictatorship turned to the armed forces to suppress student protests against martial law, I had to widen the field to include documents related not only to Gwangju but also to World War II, the Spanish Civil War, Bosnia and the massacres of Native Americans. Because what I ultimately wanted to focus on was not one particular time and place but the face of universal humanity that is revealed in the history of this world. I wanted to ask what it is that makes human beings harm others so brutally, and how we ought to understand those who never lose hold of their humanity in the face of violence. I wanted to grope toward a bridge spanning the yawning chasm between savagery and dignity. One of the many things I realized during my research is that in all wars and massacres there is a critical point at which human beings perceive certain other human beings as ¡°subhuman¡± ? because they have a different nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideology. This realization, too, came at the same time: The last line of defense by which human beings can remain human is the complete and true perception of another¡¯s suffering, which wins out over all of these biases. And the fact that actual, practical volition and action, which goes beyond simple compassion for the suffering of others, is demanded of us at every moment.

The Korean War was a proxy war enacted on the Korean Peninsula by neighboring great powers. Millions of people were butchered over those three brutal years, and the former national territory was utterly destroyed. Only relatively recently has it come to light that in this tragic process were several instances of the American Army, officially our allies, massacring South Korean citizens. In the most well-known of these, the No Gun Ri Massacre, American soldiers drove hundreds of citizens, mainly women and children, under a stone bridge, then shot at them from both sides for several days, killing most of them. Why did it have to be like this? If they did not perceive the South Korean refugees as ¡°subhuman,¡± if they had perceived the suffering of others completely and truly, as dignified human beings, would such a thing have been possible?

Now, nearly 70 years on, I am listening as hard as I can each day to what is being said on the news from America, and it sounds perilously familiar. ¡°We have several scenarios.¡± ¡°We will win.¡± ¡°If war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, 20,000 South Koreans will be killed every day.¡± ¡°Don¡¯t worry, war won¡¯t happen in America. Only on the Korean Peninsula.¡±

To the South Korean government, which speaks only of a solution of dialogue and peace in this situation of sharp confrontation, the president of the United States has said, ¡°They only understand one thing.¡± It¡¯s an accurate comment. Koreans really do understand only one thing. We understand that any solution that is not peace is meaningless and that ¡°victory¡± is just an empty slogan, absurd and impossible. People who absolutely do not want another proxy war are living, here and now, on the Korean Peninsula.

When I think about the months to come, I remember the candlelight of last winter. Every Saturday, in cities across South Korea, hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered and sang together in protest against the corrupt government, holding candles in paper cups, shouting that the president should step down. I, too, was in the streets, holding up a flame of my own. At the time, we called it the ¡°candlelight rally¡± or ¡°candlelight demonstration¡±; we now call it our ¡°candlelight revolution.¡±

We only wanted to change society through the quiet and peaceful tool of candlelight, and those who eventually made that into a reality ? no, the tens of millions of human beings who have dignity, simply through having been born into this world as lives, weak and unsullied ? carry on opening the doors of cafes and teahouses and hospitals and schools every day, going forward together one step at a time for the sake of a future that surges up afresh every moment. Who will speak, to them, of any scenario other than peace?

KCNA Commentary on True Colors of An Chol Su

Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- An Chol Su, who was recently elected representative of the "Kukmin Party" at its congress, is in tune with the conservative forces, fully taking off the mask of "middle-of-the road politician".
He claimed that "the priority task given by the people is to contain arrogance and self-righteousness of the government," calling for directing efforts to holding in check the misbehavior of the government". He hatched a plot with those conservative opposition parties such as "Liberal Korea Party" and "Parun Party" in an attempt to seek "cooperation in parliament" and "policy solidarity".

He is trying to curry favor with the people in the Honam region by saying that the present government neglects the region at a time when "local self-government election" is set to be held next year. At the same time he openly reveals his intention to keep his remaining days in reliance on the conservative forces, spreading the fiction that solidarity with the ¡°Parun Party¡± in election and merger of parties would be possible.

In particular, he branded the ICBM test launch and H-bomb test in the DPRK as "act of those bereft of reason" and "delusion". He joined conservatives in claiming that "south Korea should not beg the north for dialogue but send a resolute and clear message like harsh sanctions based on the alliance with the U.S."

In this regard, south Korean media, experts and politicians say that An Chol Su betrayed himself and that the "Kukmin Party" is the second company of conservative opposition parties.
From the very day he went in for politics, south Koreans from different social standings branded him as an unidentified man, greedy power seeker and narrow-minded philistine.

Under the situation, he is trying to collude with moribund conservatives. This proves that he is a foolish politician and power-seeker without his own views and creed.
Now the conservative forces are on the verge of destruction with storm in a teacup.
His is a foolish act to give the conservatives a way to rebirth and betrayal of successes won through candlelight demonstrations.

The south Korean people keep a watchful eye on An Chol Su and the "Kukmin Party" the approval rate for which is no more than four percent.
A party forsaken by the people has no value and space to exist.
It is quite natural that south Koreans from all walks of life including the forces for democracy and reform should keep up vigilance against veer to the right-wing conservatism of the "Kukmin Party," a club of betrayals and a cloud of migratory birds.

An Chol Su and his clan obsessed with greed for power and partisan interests make no scruple of turning to the conservatives. They will not escape the stern punishment by history and people as the most despicable traitors. -0-

KCNA Commentary Discloses Aggressive Nature of Ulji Freedom Guardian

Pyongyang, September 2 (KCNA) -- The U.S.-south Korea joint military drill Ulji Freedom Guardian, which used to drive the situation on the Korean peninsula to the worst phase, sparked off serious concerns of international community this year, too, for its provocative nature.

Jorge Goffre, a Venezuelan analyst on international situation, when interviewed by Telesur TV of Venezuela, said that although it was billed as an "annual one with defensive nature," the DPRK termed the joint military rehearsal as a military threat and provocation because it was staged when the military tension between the DPRK and the U.S. reached its climax. If a country hostile to the U.S. conducts a military drill in the geographically near region such as Mexico and Cuba, the U.S. would noisily brand it as a military threat and provocation to itself, he added.
As the world knows, the excuse of the U.S. talking about "defensive nature" of the joint military drill cannot work on anyone.

The Ulji Freedom Guardian is a very dangerous nuclear war drill as its purpose is to easily "achieve" invasion of the DPRK by "neutralizing in the shortest period" the military commanding system of the DPRK, its nuclear and rocket bases, in particular, through toughest preemptive strike by all attack means of the three services.

Ahead of the military drill, the U.S. tried to mislead the opinion by claiming it was a military game while talking about "reduction of U.S. troops" and "computer war game orientation". But the south Korean KBS on August 18 confirmed that the priority of the drill would be to "early expel the north headquarters under the simulated conditions of a total war."

The operation for "preemptive attack" and "elimination of headquarters" in the joint military drill is just the same with war frenzy of the U.S. administration vociferating about "fire and fury". This clearly proves its aggressive and provocative nature.
Four American brass hats who are responsible for the operation of military attack on the DPRK flew into south Korea and directly supervised the joint drill on the spot during the period.

The reality goes to prove that the U.S.-south Korea joint military drill, held every year according to the U.S. strategy for world domination, is not for "defense" but for attack and real war.
The "annual and regular joint military drill" touted by the U.S. is the annual and regular hostile policy and nuclear threat and blackmail toward the DPRK. This fact shows that the U.S. admitted the responsibility for the escalated tension on the Korean peninsula.

The DPRK will never step back even an inch from the road of bolstering the country's nuclear force unless the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat are radically liquidated. -0-

S. Korean Regime's Sycophancy to U.S. Boomerangs on It: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) -- There recently witnessed a sharp fall of stock prices in financial markets of south Korea and foreign investors are removing their capital en masse from it, giving rise to economic unrest.
Foreign investors concerned about the deteriorating situation on the Korean peninsula removed their foreign currency amounting to 1.3 billion U.S. dollars from south Korea, jolting its financial markets. Stock prices of major big businesses of south Korea have declined by 3 to 5 percent while stock prices sharply dropped in almost every industrial sector including electricity, electronics, construction, manufacture and circulation.

This is just the inevitable product of the U.S. outrageous hostile policy and nuclear war hysteria against the DPRK and a disaster the south Korean puppet regime invited by zealously joining the U.S. in its fabrication of the utterly unreasonable UN "sanctions resolution" and war moves against the DPRK.

The puppet regime, talking about "independent sanctions" on the DPRK, made no scruple of plunging itself into a risky gambling by playing the role of a shock brigade for the U.S. in its sanctions racket to stifle the DPRK.
It asserted that the UN "Resolution" 2371 is of practical significance in blocking the north's financing channel for nukes development as it would curtail the foreign currency income of the north and deal a telling blow at it.

The conservative cults of south Korea went so far as to assert that they feel regretful about the degree of sanctions as they are not harsher than what they expected, not content with "welcoming" the "resolution." They even pressurized the regime to raise the degree of sanctions on the north, saying "it is not desirable that the regime goes against the UN sanctions by talking about dialogue with the north."

This is just an impudent act of those recklessly going mad in escalating confrontation with the compatriots in the north, failing to face up to the current situation.
Unless the sycophantic acts of the puppets to offer everything to the U.S. seeking to further exploit south Korea by tightening its control over it are terminated, the chaos and uneasiness of the south Korean economy will lead to a deeper quagmire.

It is as clear as noonday that if the present tensions worsen and a war breaks out on the Korean peninsula, the existence of the south Korean society will be put in peril.
The south Korean regime should judge itself what baneful consequences its pro-U.S. acts will cause on the north-south relations. -0-

KCNA Commentary Blasts U.S. Moves for Unchallenged Edge of Its Strategic Force

Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is now keen on arms and equipment modernization while crying out for tough counteraction against the "threat" from the DPRK.
U.S. Congressmen are trumpeting about arms and equipment modernization while suggesting the resumption of the "Star Wars Program" against the DPRK, and the U.S. Defence secretary instructed to examine in an all-round way the missile defence strategy.

The Washington Times on its internet homepage on July 12 put it that Pentagon plans to invest billions of U.S. dollars in updating missile defence system, to divert 1.5 billion U.S. dollars out of 7.9 billion originally planned for ground-to-air missile defence system and Aegis ballistic missile defence system for updating 36 ground-to-air missile defence system built across the U.S. and to stage long-term missile defence exercises on a regular basis to cope with "missile threat" from north Korea.

The U.S. Defence Department instructed the U.S. munitions monopolies to submit within two weeks the design for new air-to-air interceptor missile five times faster than the existing interceptor missiles, and ordered them to step it up so that they can be deployed for an actual war after going through manufacturing and test processes at an earliest possible date.

Australian lawyer James commented the key purpose that the U.S. repeats the excuse of "threat from north Korea" is to justify the presence of the U.S. forces in East Asia and contain and lay a siege to China, biggest threat to its hegemonic strategy.
The reason why the U.S. is talking about the resumption of the "Star Wars Program" and getting keen on modernization of arms and equipment is never because of the DPRK but to serve its crafty intention to ensure an unchallenged edge of its strategic force over China.

It is not a secret that the "Star Wars Program" was a space war scenario that the Reagan administration worked out with an aim at stamping out the Soviet system under the pretext of "military threat from the Soviet Union" far back in the 1980s.
The program, a tricky scenario to create the atmosphere of horror within the then Soviet Union and undermine its economy, has been raised by the U.S. again. The aim sought by it now is to hold a strategic edge over regional big powers including China.

The U.S. remains unchanged in its ambition for world domination.
The U.S. reactionary strategy for world domination aims at pressurizing and containing its rivals and challengers by force, and holding a hegemonic position.

The contradiction between China and the U.S. over THAAD deployment clearly proves that any development on the Korean peninsula and in the region would be enough to stir up the interests of big powers as big powers stand in acute confrontation in their strategic interests.
The moves for the expansion of military influence in Asia and the concurrent movement to contain it have escalated military tension between China and the U.S. and further accelerated arms race.
We will never remain an on-looker to the situation in which conflict caused by the U.S. may reach the dignified DPRK. -0-

Trump Should Behave with Reason: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 15 (KCNA) -- The Trump administration is going reckless, talking about "global action" against the DPRK over its successful ICBM Hwasong-14 test-launch.
Terming the test a "threat to the world" and crying out for "deadly counteraction" and "maximum pressure", it seeks to maximize the international sanctions and pressure upon the DPRK.

At a joint press conference with the Polish president on July 6 Trump called on all countries to "strongly react to the very big threat from north Korea." He urged the world to "make north Korea realize that bad consequences would entail its awful deed."
Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to Trump, when interviewed by a journalist of the on-line newspaper Breitbart News Daily on July 7, asserted that the U.S. is letting all its friendly, allied and colleague countries put collective pressure on north Korea, answering the question as to what the U.S. can do diplomatically against north Korea at present.

U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson recently stated that the U.S. will never accept the DPRK which had access to nukes. An official spokesman for Pentagon in a press conference said that the U.S. will never stop its military drills near the Korean peninsula.
To talk about "global action" accusing a sovereign state's entirely just self-defensive option is just a vivid manifestation of the Trump-style strong-arm policy designed to seek the U.S. interests by sacrificing others.

This is just a last-ditch effort of those who have lost their temper, stunned by the strategic position of the DPRK which has been put on a new higher level.
The U.S. brigandish attempt to mobilize the whole world to the campaign against an independent sovereign country for the reason that it incurs its disfavor can never work on today's world.

The successful test-launch of ICBM Hwasong-14 has helped remarkably increase the nuclear capability of the DPRK as a war deterrent and more creditably preserve peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region.
The DPRK has emerged a world-class nuclear and rocket power.

The U.S. should acknowledge the fact that the DPRK will never put its nukes and ballistic rocket on the table of negotiations unless the U.S. terminates its hostile policy and nuclear threat to the DPRK and dialogue discussing the DPRK's dismantlement of nukes can never happen.

The more desperately the U.S. works to break the DPRK's remarkably increased power and strategic position through sanctions and pressure, the more frequently the DPRK will send big and small "gift packages" to the U.S.
The Trump administration had better behave with reason, though belatedly. -0-

KCNA Commentary Urges S. Korean Authorities to Properly Behave: for Improved Ties or Pursuit of Confrontation

Pyongyang, June 27 (KCNA) -- These days the dreary situation in south Korea is stunning the public.
Days ago, the south Korean judicial authorities held the final hearing on an appeal at the Seoul High Court and demanded five years in prison for an inhabitant, who posted an article praising the peerlessly great men of Mt Paektu on websites and called for reunification through alliance with the north, on charges of violation of the "Security Law".

Earlier on June 13, they held a trial of a reverend and sentenced him to three years in prison on charges of espionage that he was linked with the north during the Park Geun Hye regime.
These are an unpardonable crime against the public yearning for a new politics and life and a reckless action of swimming against the trend of the times toward improvement of the north-south relations.

The present south Korean authorities came to power by winning support from the candlelight demonstrators with call for improved north-south relations in the "presidential election".
However, no sooner had they taken office than they turned to the confrontation racket, staging more madcap war drills against the fellow countrymen by introducing two nuclear carrier strike groups of the U.S., far from mending the north-south relations.

They would say that they represent the mindset of the candlelight demonstrators and stand for "democratic reform". But in actuality they are invoking the evil law of the confrontational era which defines the fellow countrymen in the north as "enemy", just like the Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye conservative groups.

It is not exaggeration to say that the present south Korean ruling quarters are victims of the modern "witch hunt". But they behave like a heir to the Park Geun Hye regime. This is a betrayal and open challenge to the candlelight demonstrators.
They outwardly call for "improved north-south relations," but inwardly crack down upon those who advocate independent reunification and support the dialogue partner. Such attitude is little short of declaration of their intention to go for confrontation with fellow countrymen.

It is high time that the south Korean authorities took a proper option; for improvement of the relations with the compatriots or confrontation with them.
If they really represent the candlelight demonstrators demanding the abolition of the evils in the old era, they should not enforce the anti-reunification confrontation evil law but take the lead in the struggle for its abolition and make a bold decision to promptly set free those who are detained on unreasonable charges.
Anyone failing to see the trend of the times and going against the public demand is bound to meet a miserable end finally. -0-

U.S. and Its Vassal Forces' "Sanctions" on DPRK Will Bring Only Disgrace and Ruin to Them: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, June 9 (KCNA) -- The U.S. and its vassal forces have gone desperate in their bid to apply sanctions and pressure on the DPRK.
Making public "independent sanctions" on the DPRK, the U.S. included businesses and individuals of the third country it believed to have links with the DPRK in the list of "secondary sanctions". And on June 3 it instigated the UN Security Council to cook up another "sanctions resolution" over the ballistic rocket launch of the DPRK.

U.S. Defence Secretary Mattis, at the 16th Asian Security Council session, bluffed that the U.S. would "continue diplomatic and economic pressure on north Korea until it gives up its nuclear program", saying "north Korea's nuclear and missiles are an evident and substantial danger and challenge to the whole world."

The U.S. sustained "sanctions" moves against the DPRK are vicious hostility aimed to prevent the latter from bolstering its nuclear force, disarm it and strangle its economy.

The reason that the U.S. is putting "sanctions" on the DPRK is not because of nuclear weapons and missiles. It is because the DPRK, which has towered tall as the fortress of socialism in the East, is proving the inevitability of the ruin of capitalism and putting a brake in the U.S. strategy for world domination.

The UN is not U.S. Congress and the U.S. intent can not be that of the former. Neither the UN Charter nor international code include any article stipulating the application of differing obligations and rights to big countries and small countries or any item investing the U.S. with special position.

As in the past, the recent "sanctions resolution" is for the U.S. as it was cooked up by the forces, pursuant to its high-handed and arbitrary practices, at the end of dirty bargaining.
Those who spearheaded the "sanctions resolution" would be greatly mistaken if they think they can delay or check even a bit the DPRK's nuclear development.

"Sanctions" will not work on the DPRK which is advancing with self-development as inexhaustible motive force with a firm hold on Juche in ideology, independence in politics, self-support in the economy and self-reliance in national defence as its invincible strategic line.
Self-development by which we create everything required with our own efforts and technology and our own resources is the fundamental principle inherent in our national economy.

No wonder the DPRK's economy is making rapid progress, not stagnation and doldrums as wished by the enemies, despite the consecutive application of vicious "sanctions resolutions" by the U.S. and its vassal forces.
Big countries claiming to be a nuclear power undermine the traditional fraternal relations, chiming in with the U.S. sanctions moves. This grim reality today clearly proves that the only force for averting nuclear disaster on the Korean peninsula and maintaining regional peace lies in the powerful military capabilities of the DPRK with the nuclear force as a pivot.

"Sanctions" against the DPRK would only reinforce the revolutionary faith and spirit of self-development of the Korean army and people thousand-fold and harden their will to counter the enemies' reactionary offensive with revolutionary one.
The U.S. and its vassal forces may wait as long as they can for the DPRK to collapse with hope pinned on the worn-out "sanctions" racket, but it will bring only shame and disgrace.

The army and people of the DPRK will shatter to the smithereens the U.S. and its followers' unprecedented "sanctions" and pressure racket with the great spirit of self-development and invincible military might. -0-

Japan Should Practice Self-Control: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, May 20 (KCNA) -- Japan is now on jitters after the DPRK's successful test-launch of strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.
Its chief executive, in his talk with Harris, commander-in-chief of the U.S. forces in the Pacific on May 16, agreed on closer solidarity through tightened alliance to tackle the "nuclear and missile threat from north Korea".

Earlier, Japan Finance Minister Aso and U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin in their talks on May 12 discussed "tightening economic sanctions" on the DPRK. Aso in a press conference later called the DPRK "a country bereft of common sense".

The foreign minister and other Cabinet ministers of Japan are heaping admonition on the puppet government in south Korea that "it is time to ratchet up pressure, not seeking dialogue".

This is an impudent and senseless act of those taken aback by the tremendous might and strategic position of the DPRK which has emerged a nuclear power in the East and a rocket power in Asia.
It is the Japanese reactionaries who feel more uneasiness than any others after the DPRK's launch of newly-developed rocket.

Japan has been hell-bent on its moves to impose sanctions on the DPRK, pursuant to the U.S., only to bring itself deeper into the striking range of the DPRK.
Today the U.S. mainland and the Pacific operational theatre are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike. This makes Japan which has committed lots of crimes suffer from extreme persecution mania.

In March there was a citizens evacuation drill, the first of its kind since the end of the Second World War, in Akita Prefecture and recent days saw the strengthened measures of the Japan government for emergency evacuation of more than 57 000 Japanese in south Korea in case of contingency.

The demand for underground air raid shelter and air purifiers resisting radioactive material is on an explosive increase among Japanese now, an indication of uneasiness prevalent in the Japanese archipelago.
Japan's bid to alleviate fear through the ruckus for more sanctions and pressure would only reveal the childish way of thinking of the political dwarf.

The Japanese reactionaries should not go reckless.
All the military attack means of the DPRK including nuclear weapons that have already been deployed for an actual war are leveled at the U.S. imperialist aggression forces' bases in Japan as well as the U.S. mainland. And they are waiting for the moment to launch annihilating blows.
Japan had better practice self-control, refraining from foolish act of inviting misfortune. -0-

KCNA Commentary Demands Probe into All Cursed Crimes of Park Geun Hye

Pyongyang, April 12 (KCNA) -- Crimes committed by traitor Park Geun Hye and her group of south Korea are being disclosed one after another by the prosecution's investigation. Park is now in custody, sternly punished by the people.
Eleven suspected crimes on eight charges against the former chief secretary of Chongwadae for civil administration, a chief accomplice of the scandal case, were clarified to be followed by the endless disclosure of bribes paid to Park by big businesses.

It has been revealed that various documents of Chongwadae were handed over to Choe Sun Sil at the instruction of Park Geun Hye, and Choe personally paid the price for the dresses of Park, giving further clarity to the "interests-sharing" Park Geun Hye-Choe Sun Sil relations.

Truth being disclosed nonstop is just a tip of iceberg of evidence proving the administrative records of the group of traitors full of unpopular and traitorous rule and anti-reunification crimes.
However, the traitor is denying all the crimes and behaving impudently while calling for reinforcing her defense counsel.

What should not be overlooked is the shameless act of a handful of the puppet group of conservatives.
They are creating an atmosphere of confrontation in society while crying out for "nullification of impeachment" and "opposition to detention". And they try hard to build up public opinion sympathetic with Park, while talking about "poor president Park" and "tears of woman".

This is, however, the last-ditch desperate effort of the conservative forces upset by the evidence proving crimes being revealed one after another, to hush up the crimes and turn the table in their favor and prop up the conservative regime at any cost.

However hard the remnants of Park may try, they can never get rid of the abyss of destruction.
The punishment of Park is not just a matter pertaining to criminal law that can be settled through detention and shackling but it is a task before the times that demands the abolition of all evils like sycophancy toward outsiders, confrontation with fellow countrymen, fascist rule and scandals so that they may serve as a lesson of history.

The south Koreans from all walks of life are calling "detention of Park just the beginning for abolishing evils" and asserting that "Park deserves life-long detention for all the crimes she committed". They strongly demand that all the crimes she committed be probed and she be severely punished.
The south Koreans who terminated the worst regime through candlelight actions of justice will never stand back from the struggle to root out all sorts of social evils. -0-

KCNA Commentary Snipes at U.S. Risky Scenario for Preemptive Attack

Pyongyang, April 3 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is getting frantic with its nuclear war drills targeting the DPRK in land and sky and at and under seas after openly revealing its scenarios for "special operation" aimed at hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and making a risky "preemptive strike" at it.

It let 20 F-35Bs make ten sorties from the Iwakuni Marine Base in Japan to stage drills under the simulated conditions of striking the key facilities of the DPRK from March 21 to 24.
Late in March its B-1B formations flew into the sky above south Korea one after another to stage five rounds of nukes-dropping drills at the firing ranges in Sangdong and on Jik Islet and in the East Sea of Korea, revealing its sinister design to make surprise preemptive strikes at the DPRK from various directions.

Nuclear strategic assets including Carl Vinson task force and the nuclear-powered submarine Columbus were hurled into the drill for a "preemptive strike" at the DPRK.
This is just a risky gambling of the present U.S. administration which failed to draw a due lesson from the failed DPRK strategy of its predecessors. Such act will only boomerang on it.

The U.S. administration is sadly mistaken if it calculates that such brigandish methods as "special operation" and "preemptive strike" which proved successful in other countries and regions can work on the DPRK.

Preemptive strike is not an exclusive option of the U.S. The DPRK is a sovereign state and the U.S. is just an aggressor.
As the U.S. declared that it would eliminate the supreme leadership of the DPRK and destroy its major strategic bases through "special operation", not content with escalating its nuclear threat and blackmail against it, it is an entirely legitimate exercise of the right to self-defence for the DPRK, a nuclear weapons state, to counter it with a preemptive strike.

The army of the DPRK is sharply following the moves of the U.S. with its nuclear strike means ready to open fire.
Once the "special operation" and "preemptive strike" are launched, they will lead to a historic event heralding the miserable final doom of the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces.

It is, indeed, a tragicomedy that the U.S. is still ignorant of how foolish and useless its reckless moves to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and encroach upon its sovereignty are, though it has stood in confrontation with the DPRK for the last several decades.

The army of the DPRK, standing in decades-long confrontation with the U.S., is an elite army which has always emerged victorious as it is equipped with powerful strike means and invincible war methods to proactively cope with any forms of showdown.
It is fully ready to launch strikes any time at its will to wipe out the hideous provocateurs hell-bent on sanctions, aggression and war moves to stifle the DPRK.

The moment of punishing the enemy the army and people of the DPRK have long waited for is drawing nearer.
They will never miss their golden opportunity to bring final doom to the hostile forces.
The U.S. had better behave with prudence and self-control. -0-

KCNA Commentary Brands U.S. Representative at UN as Political Prostitute

Pyongyang, March 11 (KCNA) -- The U.S. representative at the UN Haley known for her capricious political savvy has now gone helter-skelter.
At a press conference on March 8 that followed a session of the UN Security Council on discussing measures to counter the DPRK's ballistic rocket launch, she said they are not dealing with a man of reason, meant the supreme leadership of the DPRK, not content with such words as "blame" and "no negotiations".

Her wild words are just sophism of political and diplomatic half-wit devoid of the ability to analyze and judge things and express oneself. She is no more than a crafty woman who rose to the post of representing the U.S. at the international body for her worldly wisdom and disguise.

In the past she posed herself as a white for her political purpose and at the 2010 election of state governor she was fined for hiding the case of lobbying only to be branded as political swindler and criminal.
She is pointed as a political prostitute even from ordinary people for her chameleon-like nature.

At the presidential election last year she opposed the present owner of the White House, saying that certain is the point that no support will be given, and flattered Rubio, key election rival, saying only when he is elected, every day will be pleasant.
But no sooner had the present chief executive taken office than she twisted his arm to sending her to the UN to represent the U.S. She is, for sure, a matchless political prostitute.

She has only pursued successful career and financial benefits, with no heed given to conscience and morality. Now she has become an idiot unable to judge whether it is realistic and reasonable or not to trumpet about the "north Korea's denuclearization first".

We have no interest in dealing with such human rejects as Haley, wagging her tongue without elementary concept on the reason. -0-

KCNA Commentary on DPRK's Measures for Bolstering up Its Nuclear Force at High Level

Pyongyang, February 16 (KCNA) -- The hostile forces including the U.S. are making much fuss over the DPRK's test-fire of surface-to-surface medium to long range strategic ballistic missile Pukguksong-2.
Under the manipulation of the U.S., the UN Security Council made public a press release the day after the test-fire in which it vociferated about "breach of resolution" and "additional crucial measure".
This is a challenge to the legitimate right of a sovereign state and a wanton violation of universally recognized international law.

This year alone, the U.S. and many other countries vied with each other to test-fire all sorts of rockets including inter-continental ballistic rocket. When taking note of these facts, there would be no legal ground whatsoever to fault the DPRK's test-fire as it is part of the normal process it has to go through in implementing its state line, and a step for self-defence.

The unbiased international community does not forget the double-standards applied by the U.S. and the UNSC as they turned blind eyes to the test-fire of some countries while cooking up brigandish "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK over its every measure taken to bolster its defence capabilities, terming it "provocation" and "threat."

In the past the U.S., obsessed by frenzy for putting sanctions on the DPRK to strangle it, abused the UN to cook up harsh "sanctions resolutions" while faulting the DPRK's space development for peaceful purposes and measures for bolstering nuclear deterrence for self-defence, its legitimate right.

On Jan. 6, 2016 the DPRK conducted its first H-bomb test, thereby showing the U.S. keen on inflicting even nuclear holocaust, not content with sanctions, blockade and military pressure on the DPRK, its tremendous might to firmly defend the country's sovereignty and the nation's right to existence and reliably guarantee the peace and security of the Korean peninsula.

In its wake the DPRK opened to public its miniaturized nuclear warhead and succeeded in the underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile and the test-fire of surface-to-surface medium to long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-10, thus displaying the firm will of the country to retaliate against the U.S. resorting to reckless military provocation while talking about heinous "beheading operation" and "high-density strike".

It also succeeded in nuclear war head explosion test as substantial and stepped-up counteraction to foil the U.S. and other hostile forces' nuclear blackmail and sanctions racket aimed at blatantly challenging the DPRK's exercise of sovereign right while categorically denying its strategic position.

It is as clear as noonday how the U.S. sanctions and pressure upon the DPRK will end up as they are crimes against humanity designed to totally deny the DPRK's sovereignty and its rights to existence and development, check modern civilization and bring the society of the DPRK back to medieval dark world.

Nothing can undermine the strategic position of the DPRK which ranked itself with pride among the nuclear powers with a firm hold on the nuclear sword of justice for defending the nation's sovereignty and regional peace and stability.
Any anti-DPRK steps, the U.S. and its vassal forces are going to take again by abusing the UNSC, would mean a wanton violation of the legitimate right of a sovereign state and universally recognized international law and they will end up in smoke as in the past. This is our warning.
The escalating moves against the DPRK will compel it to drastically increase its nuclear attack capabilities. -0-

KCNA Commentary Slams "Education in Love for Country" Advocated by S. Korean Regime

Pyongyang, January 27 (KCNA) -- The south Korean conservative forces are mulling intensifying education in anti-communism and worship and flunkeyism toward America in a bid to tighten the "alliance" with the U.S.
The Patriots and Veterans Affairs Agency of south Korea made public a "report on business plan for 2017" on January 4 in which it revealed its intention to "intensify the education in love for the country" with a view to tightening the south Korea-U.S. alliance. It claimed that the alliance has played a key role in deterring war, developing the economy and achieving democracy for the last several decades in south Korea and, therefore, it would include in the contents of education the measure for boosting "south Korea-U.S. alliance" to cope with the "nuclear and missile threat from the north."

This is an unpardonable action to reduce the south Korean people to mental cripples obsessed with illusion about the U.S., the sworn enemy of the nation, and sycophancy and submission to it and drive them into confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north.

The U.S.-south Korea alliance which the south Korean conservative forces consider as "the mainstay of peace and stability in Northeast Asia is the alliance between the master and servant. It is nothing but a tool for strengthening the U.S. domination, interference and subjugation of south Korea.
The U.S. is neither "liberator" nor "helper" nor "guardian."

This is proved by the disgraceful history of the U.S. military occupation of south Korea and domination over it and the present miserable reality.
The U.S. calls south Korea, its colonial stooge, an "ally" but, in actuality, it is no more than a shock brigade for carrying out the former's strategy of domination over Asia-Pacific and realizing its ambition for world supremacy.
The U.S. concluded all kinds of humiliating treaties like the SOFA with south Korea by pressurizing its lackeys under the signboard "alliance".

Owing to the south Korean ruling quarters' "theory of giving priority to the south Korea-U.S. alliance" and regarding the "U.S. absolute", south Korea turned into a complete colony of the U.S. as its politics, economy and OPECON are left to outsiders' tender mercy.
Economic slump, deteriorated people's living, wanton violation of democracy and serious human rights abuses in south Korea are entirely attributable to the U.S.-south Korea "alliance".

It is none other than the U.S. which blocks Korea's reunification, the cherished desire of its nation.
Public opinion says that the U.S. has gained treble or quadruple profits from its colony south Korea, but it may sacrifice south Korea to attain its higher goal of world supremacy and to this end it is mulling knocking into shape a triangular alliance involving the U.S., Japan and south Korea and forcing the deployment of THAAD on Seoul. This is a right comment on the humiliating nature of the alliance.

The reality goes to prove that the U.S. is the root cause of the misfortune and pain of the south Korean people and any illusion and sycophancy and submission to it only bring disgrace and disaster.
Nevertheless, the faithful running dogs of the U.S. are working hard to strengthen the above-said education. This is nothing but a cynical ploy to cover up their crimes committed against the nation through sycophancy and treachery and prolong their remaining days depending on the U.S.

Unpardonable are the reckless actions of those traitors.
No matter what rhetoric the south Korean puppet group may let out to benumb the south Korean people's consciousness of independence against the U.S., they can never stem the trend of the times towards independence and national reunification.

All the south Korean people should remain vigilant against the above-said education advocated by the conservative group as they have painfully experienced what the successive puppet rulers did under the cloak of "alliance" with the U.S. -0-

KCNA Commentary Terms U.S. Additional Sanctions against DPRK Last-ditch Effort

Pyongyang, January 16 (KCNA) -- Outgoing Obama and his gentries are making desperate efforts to keep afloat their hostile policy toward the DPRK which has gone totally bankrupt before leaving the White House.
They let the Department of State release "second report on human rights in north Korea" and put seven individuals and two institutions of the DPRK on the list of additional targets of sanctions on January 11, pursuant to the step of the Department of Treasury.

This is nothing but Washington's last resort to tarnish the image of the DPRK in the light of the present DPRK-U.S. relations as the contents of the sanctions call for prohibiting the entry of its personnel into the U.S. and trade with Americans, freezing of their assets there, etc. This is the last-ditch efforts of those whose days are numbered.

The U.S. has never suffered such miserable setback and shame as today in the long-standing political and military confrontation with the DPRK.
In lieu of drawing a lesson from the footsteps of the Bush administration which pushed the DPRK to have access to nuclear weapons, the Obama administration has pursued its hostile policy towards the DPRK and persistently resorted to the worst nuclear threat and blackmail and the harshest-ever sanctions against it.

It had a pipedream that the DPRK will yield to it with the passage of time and "north Korea will collapse" when time comes. But the result was catastrophic beyond the U.S. imagination.
The DPRK reacted to the U.S. extreme hostile moves against the DPRK by codifying the line of simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force and channeled all efforts into implementing it.

The DPRK succeeded in diversifying, miniaturizing and standardizing nuclear warheads and increased the types of their delivery means and diversified them, perfectly bolstering up the military capability to mercilessly wipe out aggressors and bringing the nation's strategic position to the highest level.
The DPRK foiled the hostile forces' racket for sanctions by dint of the single-minded unity and the great spirit of self-development displayed by the service personnel and people and achieved miraculous victories on all fronts for building a socialist power, thus demonstrating once again the might of Juche Korea before the world.

The U.S. strategies of making preemptive nuclear attack and slapping extreme sanctions and pressure against the DPRK have become a source of threatening the security of its mainland.
The Obama group can hardly have a sound sleep, seized with the extreme uneasiness after facing the undeniable strategic setback. Worse still, they are hit hard by the public.

Much upset by this situation, the Obama group have gone so foolish as to kick up the "human rights" racket against the DPRK.
They seek to recover from a heavy setback and get rid of their pretty fix by tarnishing the image of the DPRK at any cost.

The U.S. is not qualified to talk about somebody's "human rights" as it is the world's worst human rights abuser and a tundra of human rights.
Obama would be well advised not to waste time taking issue with other's "human rights issue" but make good arrangements for packing in the White House. He had better repent of the pain and misfortune he has brought to so many Americans and other people of the world by creating the worst human rights situation in the U.S. during his tenure of office.

The DPRK will protect Korean-style socialism to the last no matter what others may say as it thoroughly embodies the popular masses-first principle, the crystal of the Juche-oriented outlook on the people, the philosophy on them. -0-

KCNA Commentary Ridicules Story about "North Collapse"

Pyongyang, December 17 (KCNA) -- Assertion is heard in the U.S. that Obama's policy toward the DPRK is a fiasco and it is a daydream to expect the DPRK's "collapse".
NK News carried an article titled "Time is now opportune for dropping a curtain on the story about 'North Korea's collapse'" on Dec. 8, drawing attention of the public.

The article said Park Geun Hye has been behind Obama's story about "collapse," noting "U.S. having more than 16 intelligence organs should admit it as its fiasco to have shaped its north Korea policy under the influence of such puppet-like woman as Park Geun Hye."
This is a serious reprimand at silly politicians of the U.S. who supported traitor Park's story about "collapse of north," which is no more than a divination sign made by a shaman.

The shaman lorded it over south Korean politics and made fun of famous politicians of other countries. Needless to say is the deplorable situation of the "world's only superpower" which lent an ear to the necromancer's ritual in shaping its policy.
The shaman's dreamily talk about "collapse of north" was parroted by Park and, being taken in by the garrulous woman's story of "collapse," Obama proposed the policy of "strategic patience."

The Obama regime helplessly waited for the DPRK to "collapse" only to feel frustration at its own vain attempt and to become a laughing stock of the world as a special political cartoon.
The international community's view and outlook on the DPRK has undergone a fundamental change today.
Professor of University of Leeds of Britain Foster Carter who used to assert that DPRK is in the danger of "collapse" in 2009 now said the changed situation made him change his mind, and he advised others to drop the dream.

There was a flurry of censure at the Obama administration's failed "Asia rebalancing policy" at a hearing at the International Relations Committee of the House of Representatives of the U.S. on Dec. 6.
This being a hard fact, there are still foolish politicians in the U.S. who are still unable to have a proper look at the strategic position of the DPRK. This is a tragedy.

Just look at the end met by the group of traitor Park who faced the fate of total bankruptcy while talking about "collapse."
Those who challenge the truth will only face collapse and those who spread the unrealistic story of "north's collapse" will certainly face the miserable fate of collapse. -0-

KCNA Commentary Assails S. Korean Regime's Humiliating Diplomacy

Pyongyang, December 6 (KCNA) -- The Park Geun Hye regime of south Korea persists in committing acts of treachery even at a time when it is on the verge of collapse after being forsaken by the south Korean people for inflicting all sorts of pain and misfortune upon them.

Recently, the chief of the Agency of Defense Affairs of south Korea said that he thinks south Korea has no option but to accept if the next U.S. administration urges it to bear bigger "share of defense expenses", only to draw public criticism.
This is an act of treachery that can be committed by the Park regime only, a group of top-class lackeys and colonial servants which unhesitatingly leave the destiny of the country and the nation to the tender mercy of outsiders in a bid to stay in power and garner foreign support for unleashing a war against the north through humiliating "diplomacy toward the U.S."

As well known, the puppet regime is covering 50 percent of the upkeep for the U.S. forces present in south Korea. This is reportedly the biggest payment of defense expenses in the world out of its GDP.
According to the "2017 report on U.S. forces" published by the U.S. Heritage Foundation, south Korea has offered "huge resources" amounting to about 900 million U.S. dollars every year to the U.S. as direct and indirect aid such as offer of land and manpower and exemption from various taxes, to say nothing of bearing the "share of upkeep" for the GIs in south Korea.

The puppet regime's offer of the funds collected as taxes from south Koreans to the U.S. is by no means unrelated to the scheme of the regime to stay in power though it has already been forsaken by the people for the "Park Geun Hye-Choe Sun Sil scandal."

The regime is working hard to make even an agreement on logistic support with Japan, the sworn enemy of the Korean nation, not content with the agreement on protection of military intelligence. It is busy flattering the U.S. by pressing ahead with the deployment of THAAD.
It was agreed at the 197th "joint meeting on SOFA" held in Seoul that the U.S. aggressor troops would as ever pay less electricity rate for the U.S. forces present in south Korea than that for ordinary local houses and institutions.

Against this backdrop, the puppet regime is going to send a "special delegation" composed of lawmakers from the "Saenuri Party" to the U.S. to conduct bargaining with its new administration over such issues as the upkeep for the GIs in south Korea.
The treacherous rule of the puppet regime helps the U.S. even make money through usury with a huge amount of money it receives from south Korea, not content with perpetrating murder, violence, robbery and rape there.

The situation proves that greater privileges granted to GIs by the traitors, who deem their master-servant relations characterized by domination and subjugation and arbitrary practices their best "fortune," make the south Korean people suffer bitterer misfortune and agony.
It is quite natural for the opposition parties and people of various circles in south Korea to term the regime "country-selling regime capitulating to America and providing to it funds collected as taxes."
The humiliating behavior of the puppet regime will only result in strangling traitor Park. -0-

KCNA Commentary Advises U.S. to Think with Reason

Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- There are politicians in the U.S. who have still an unrealistic way of thinking about the DPRK.
Antony Blinken, U.S. deputy secretary of State, claimed that "north Korea cannot be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and its access to nukes should not be allowed," negating the assertion made by the director of National Intelligence of the U.S. that the denuclearization of Korea is a failure.

In this regard an expert on Korean affairs in an article contributed to NK News said that the man styling himself a politician is still claiming Pyongyang's denuclearization to be the goal of the U.S. because of little experience in the Northeast Asian issue, adding that Blinken seems to live in the juvenile world.

This is jeering at the anachronistic and trite way of thinking of the man who has no elementary ability to face up to the reality.
It is long since the theory of "DPRK's possible dismantlement of its nukes" touted by the U.S. and some other countries went bust due to the world's recognition of the changed strategic position of the DPRK.

The U.S. and many other Western media which had taken a hostile approach towards the DPRK are giving wide publicity to the public demands for the earliest possible drop of the bankrupt hostile policy towards the DPRK, asserting that it is not necessary to expect north Korea to dismantle its nukes.
Recently Michael Hayden, former director of CIA, in an article contributed to the U.S. paper "The Hill" confessed to the fact about the denuclearization of Korea being an impossible goal was the view already unofficially shared among the U.S. intelligence authorities a decade ago. This created big sensation.

All these facts objectively prove that the U.S. finds itself in such tight corner that it has no choice but to change its strategic option.
It is great irony that Blinken is still sticking to the unrealistic way of thinking against this backdrop.

The completely failed policy towards the DPRK being a stark fact, it is not only foolish but an extremely dangerous option to persistently resort to the completely failed strategy.
The U.S. should not persist in something impossible.
The successive U.S. administrations from Truman to Obama have squandered funds running into astronomical figures for pursuing their policy to stifle the DPRK for several decades. The U.S. needs to seriously reflect on what it gained from such policy.

The pig-headed stand of persistently denying the strategic position of the full-fledged nuclear power in the East would only result in impairing the position of the superpower tight-cornered over the Korean issue.
Washington would be well advised to face up to the reality.
It can take a wise option only when it proceeds from a realistic way of thinking. -0-

KCNA Commentary Blasts U.S. Attempt to Create NATO of Asian Version

Pyongyang, November 8 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is now working in real earnest to expand its military bloc for carrying out its strategy for world domination.
The U.S. deputy secretary of Defense and the Japanese deputy minister of Defence for administrative affairs were recently closeted in Washington over the joint actions to be taken to cope with what they called "potential threat." Against this backdrop the U.S. is massively beefing up its forces in south Korea and its vicinity.

The U.S. has already begun deploying 3 500-strong 1st armored combat brigade in south Korea on a rotation basis and informed the Japanese authorities of its plan for deploying 16 F-35 stealth fighters in a base of the U.S. Marines in Japan from next year.
It also announced that it would deploy in Japan, etc. the U.S. forces' biggest new type Zumwalt class destroyer and Wasp class large amphibious craft carrying new type fighters and the expeditionary force of the 31st Marines of the U.S. imperialists to be hurled before any other force in contingency on the Korean peninsula.

This is part of the dangerous scenario to form the U.S.-led NATO of Asian version led by the U.S.
The above-said strategy is aimed at maintaining the Cold War structure to contain big powers in the region by relying on the "security" alliance involving Japan, south Korea, etc.

The U.S. has used the system of the US-Japan-south Korea military alliance as a strategic lever for increasing its influence over Northeast Asia and containing the DPRK, China and Russia.
The alliance is designed to pressurize the Asian region by tightening its aggressive nexus through the speedy movement of its forces stationed in the region.

The U.S. is mulling making the alliance perform the same function as that of NATO in a bid to use it as a means for carrying out the strategy for dominating the Asia-Pacific region including Northeast Asia.
The U.S. has used such alliance as a shock brigade for carrying out its Asia-Pacific strategy, describing it as "cornerstone" and "key axis" for implementing the strategy, whenever an opportunity presented itself.

At present, the tripartite military "cooperation" is being further tightened according to the second-phase process of "Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy."
There took place in the U.S. on Oct. 14 a meeting of the chairmen of chiefs of joint staff of the U.S., Japanese and south Korean forces at which they committed themselves to providing "extended deterrence" by involving forces of all services and arms including conventional and nuclear and missile capabilities.

The U.S. staged a missile warning drill in the waters off Hawaii together with Japan and south Korean puppet forces for the first time in history. Recently they carried out a joint naval maneuver in the high seas east of Jeju Island.
The moves to knock into shape NATO of Asian version with the above-said triangular alliance as its parent body are becoming a reality. This is spurring a new arms race in Northeast Asia including the Korean peninsula.

It is crystal clear that the creation of a new military bloc by the U.S. in Northeast Asia would reduce the whole of Asia into a theatre of military confrontation.
The reality clearly proves once again that it is the U.S. and its strategy for military domination that pose a threat to the peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

A military bloc is a product of the Cold War.
The creation of a new military bloc diametrically runs counter to the trend of the times.
The U.S. moves to maintain a new Cold War structure and create NATO of Asian version in Northeast Asia will inevitably spark off strong opposition of the neighboring countries. -0-

KCNA Commentary Hits out at Park Geun Hye Group's Smear Campaign against DPRK in International Arena

Pyongyang, October 29 (KCNA) -- The Park Geun Hye group of traitors are busy with confrontation with the compatriots in the north even in the international arena only to draw a torrent of criticism and curse.
A south Korean puppet delegate attending the recent meeting of the 4th Committee of the 71st UN General Assembly spouted a string of rubbish against the DPRK, asserting the international community is making efforts for peaceful use of space but the north is an exception and the real aim of the north's satellite launch is obviously not to meet a peaceful purpose.

His behavior was so nonsensical and rude that all participants in the meeting criticized and cursed him.
Such disgusting behavior of the south Korean delegate which disturbed the conference hall out of his inveterate repugnancy, persecution mania and the bad habit of making profound confusing of right and wrong is just little short of a hysteric fit of those stunned by the invincible might of the ever-victorious DPRK.

Putting satellites into space is the legitimate right of a sovereign state and an exercise of sovereignty that conforms to the outer space treaty specifying the peaceful use of outer space as a right of all countries.
Pursuant to its 5-year plan for national space development, the DPRK has launched a variety of application satellites urgently needed for its sci-tech and economic development in strict compliance with the UN Charter, outer space treaty and other international law.
U.S. and other satellite launchers have never launched their satellites with an approval of someone and there has been no claim that a satellite launched by a country is not a satellite.

The DPRK formally registered its earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 in the UN through legal procedures and this was also recognized by the world public.
Whoever finds fault with the satellite put by the DPRK into an orbit in outer space with its own efforts and technology is little short of making unpardonable mockery and insult to the inviolable dignity of the DPRK.

Such groundless claim that all satellites launches of the DPRK should be termed "illegal" as the "north is an exception" betrays the hysteric fit of the Park group of traitors keen on escalating confrontation with the compatriots in the north.
It was none other than traitor Park who took the lead in calling for a "security meeting" and termed satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 a long-range ballistic missile launch when the satellite soared into space.
Park, who lacks the ability to distinguish a satellite from long-range ballistic missile, didn't forget to snipe at the compatriots in her more than 500 public appearances in recent years.

Not content with crying out for hurting the compatriots and escalating confrontation with them and soliciting cooperation in pressurizing them during her dozens of foreign junkets after taking office, she is now pushing her minions to orchestrate such poor farces as above-said hooliganism at an international meeting.
She terms satellite launch for peaceful purposes "threat" and the deployment of THAAD, a source of trouble, "something for the benefit of the people." This is shame on the nation.

No wonder, even south Korean media are commenting that her group are a "pack of guys with a twisted conception of hating even trees and woods in the north."
It is by no means accidental that Park and her group often face cool reception at international meetings.
The Park group's desperate smear campaign against the DPRK will only bring to light their wretched position and invite worldwide derision. -0-

KCNA Commentary Assails Japanese Reactionaries' Anti-Chongryon Campaign

Pyongyang, September 16 (KCNA) -- Taken aback by the DPRK's successful nuclear warhead explosion test for self-defense, the Japanese reactionaries are getting frantic with campaign against the DPRK and Chongryon (General Association of Korean Residents in Japan).
The chief executive of Japan cried out for ratcheting up sanctions against the DPRK and the ruling and opposition parties agreed to adopt a "resolution critical of north Korea" at the Houses of Representatives and Councilors.

All papers and TVs of Japan are busy airing programs accusing the DPRK in a bid to rapidly build up public opinion critical of the DPRK. Against this backdrop right-wing gangsters of Japan have flocked to the Central Hall of Chongryon since Sept. 9 to perpetrate all sorts of hooliganism.
They brought dozens of loudspeaker vans around the hall to spout endless litany of such invectives that north Korea's ballistic rockets fell on exclusive economic zone of Japan, Tokyo condemns north Korea's nuclear warhead explosion test and it would expel Chongryon from Japan, creating a terror-ridden atmosphere there.

Groups of more than 10 gangsters attempted to break into the hall, a sign of persistent threat and blackmail against Chongryon and Koreans in Japan.
Such ceaseless hooliganism is nothing but a ruckus of those much scared by the DPRK's might increasing as the days go by under the banner of Songun as it is a clear manifestation of the Japanese reactionaries' persistent hostile policy toward the DPRK and Chongryon.

The gravity of the situation lies in that it is a deliberate and premeditated politically-motivated provocation aimed to incite the atmosphere of confrontation with the DPRK in the whole Japanese society by tarnishing the prestige and image of Chongryon, overseas Koreans organization of the DPRK, and intensifying persecution and pressure upon it.

With nothing can the Japanese reactionaries cover up their anti-DPRK, anti-Chongryon campaign as they have intentionally and systematically patronized the hooliganism of the right-wing gangsters under the guise of "people's sentiment."

The Korean people can hardly repress their towering resentment at the Japanese reactionaries who are painting themselves as "victims" and exploiting their campaign for intensifying the suppression of Chongryon, oblivious of the idea of making apology and reparation for the hideous crimes the Japanese imperialists committed against the Koreans in the past.

Suppression of Chongryon can never be pardoned as it is another wanton violation of the sovereignty of the DPRK.
The DPRK will never remain a passive onlooker to this repressive campaign but resolutely counter the Japanese reactionaries' despicable politically-motivated terrorism and persistent crackdown upon Chongryon and Koreans in Japan.

The Japanese authorities should be held fully responsible for the right-wing gangsters' hooliganism, stop the ceaseless provocations and sternly punish those responsible for it.
The DPRK will closely watch the behavior of the Japanese authorities. -0-

Preemptive Nuclear Strike Is Not Monopoly of U.S.: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The U.S. attempt to invade the DPRK is getting evermore reckless.
While ceaselessly shipping nuclear strategic assets into the Korean peninsula, it forward-deployed four B-1Bs and three B-2As on Guam on Aug. 6 and 9. So, three missions of the U.S. strategic bombers including B-52, B-1B and B-2A have been deployed simultaneously for the first time.

The U.S. warmongers blustered that their forward-deployment of B-1Bs on Guam would enable them to make a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK through a surprise flying over the Korean peninsula only in two hours.
Moreover, they unhesitatingly let loose a spate of provocative remarks that the nuclear strategic bombers' forward-deployment implies the "advance warning" against the DPRK.

The U.S. evermore undisguised reinforcement of the nuclear force goes to clearly prove that it is trying to make a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK a fait accompli.
Guam, the U.S. strategic vantage point capable of supporting strategic weapons to the Korean peninsula and the Northeast Asian region in a few hours in contingency, is an advanced base for invading the DPRK and now it has the THAAD battery to be deployed in south Korea.

The U.S. forward-deployed B-1Bs and B-2As one after another on Guam, where it used to permanently station only B-52Hs so far, after it decided to deploy THAAD in south Korea. It is part of its scenario to invade the DPRK to put the DPRK under its militarily control at any cost through mobilization of all its lethal hardware for a nuclear war.

The hard reality in which the Korean peninsula is turning into a nuclear war theatre by the U.S. eloquently shows how impudent the U.S.-touted "denuclearization" and "world without nuclear weapons" are.
Just indeed are the DPRK's measures for bolstering up its nuclear weapons to cope with the U.S. and its followers' reckless rackets for nuclear threats.

Today the DPRK which emerged as a nuclear weapons state in the East is pressing the U.S. with its powerful military muscle.
The right to make a preemptive nuclear strike is not the monopoly of the U.S.

The DPRK's revolutionary armed forces switched from their existing mode of military counter-action to the mode of a preemptive strike to cope with the enemy's ridiculous military hysteria to undermine its sovereignty and right to existence. All their operational groups are fully ready to deal a merciless and annihilating blow to the enemy if they make even the slightest provocation.
The Korean People's Army is closely following the U.S. unusual military move.
The U.S. had better stop acting rashly. -0-

No Haven for U.S. Pursuing Policy Hostile to DPRK- Rodong Sinmun

Pyongyang, August 10 (KCNA) -- Experts on Korean affairs and media of the U.S. and other countries in the West are deriding the Obama administration's wretched plight of plunging itself into an abyss due to its anachronistic policy hostile to the DPRK.

Commenting on this, Rodong Sinmun Wednesday says:
The above-said fact exposed once again that the hostile policies pursued by the successive chief executives of the U.S. against the DPRK, specifically the "strategic patience" policy of the present Obama administration, all have gone belly-up.
Nevertheless, Obama who has mocked the international community by touting a "world without nuclear weapons" is persisting in nuclear intimidation against the DPRK though he has already sustained a real flop while pursuing his ill-minded "strategic patience" policy.

The U.S. seeks to persist in posing nuclear threat to the DPRK by staging nuclear war drills but it is just the U.S. itself which will be struck by bigger uneasiness and horror.
What remains to be done now by the U.S. is to make a strategic choice only: whether to terminate its policy hostile to the DPRK or to face a nuclear disaster and make its mainland disappear on this planet.

The longer the policy-makers of the U.S. persist in their wild dream, the stronger the DPRK's nuclear deterrent for self-defence and merciless strike capability will get to blow up the den of aggressors.
The U.S. will never be able to sleep a sound sleep unless it lifts its policy hostile to the DPRK.

There is no haven for those attempting to stifle the DPRK.
U.S. politicians would be well advised to face up to the changed reality and behave with reason if they don't want to see the terrible destruction of the U.S. -0-

KCNA Commentary Raps European Arms Sale to South Korea

Pyongyang, June 27 (KCNA) -- The Britain-Italy munitions joint venture company Agusta Westland delivered the first batch of ordered gunships Wild Cat of AW-159 type to south Korea recently.
Air Bus Group, the biggest aerospace industry in Europe, signed a contract on the sale of in-flight tanker A330 MRTT and gunships with south Korea last year.

MBDA Co. Ltd of Germany signed a contract on the sale of Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missiles with south Korea in 2013 and is mulling its delivery this year.

The UK has sold a huge amount of military equipment and their parts to south Korea after the 1990s. They include helicopters for maritime operations, air-to-ship guided missiles, KDX combat system, naval combat equipment, sonar, fixed flight navigation system, underwater rescue ship and fighter ejection seat.

Even at this moment many European munitions companies are sitting at the negotiation tables with those concerned of south Korea for sale of bunker busters, drones, 230 mm multiple rocket systems and other war hardware to it in compliance with the south Korean authorities' request for the sale for the purpose of rounding off the system for preemptive attack on the DPRK.

This goes to prove that European countries are busy raking up profits, regarding south Korea as a promising arms market in utter disregard of the acute situation on the Korean peninsula.
The situation on the peninsula is so tense that a thermonuclear war may break out any moment due to the U.S. and the south Korean puppet authorities' reckless muscle flexing.
If Europe is concerned even a bit about the security on the peninsula directly linked with global peace, it had better take a proper attitude of making beneficial efforts for the settlement of problems.

Europe, apt to talk about peace and detente on the peninsula, makes no scruple of selling all type war hardware to the south Korean puppet warmongers hell-bent on the confrontation with the compatriots in the north in pursuit of its own profit.

This is a blatant challenge to humankind's desire for peace and security and a behavior of seeking self-interest from other's misfortune.
This brought into light Europe's hypocritical nature of its trumpeting about peace.

Europe's loudmouthed peace is nothing but a black-hearted propaganda to pursue "its peace and prosperity" while harassing and infringing upon the security and interests of other countries and region.
This is little different from the U.S. vicious acts of disturbing peace and security.
Europe had better give up hypocrisy and behave itself if it truly stands for peace. -0-

[Kyonghyang Editorial] U.S.-China Conflict Concerning THAAD Resurfaces, While South Korea Studies Their Faces Once Again

Placing the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, an issue that had once died down, has resurfaced as clear signs of cracks appeared in the U.S.-China cooperation against North Korea's nuclear program. Some experts argue that South Korea and the U.S. are currently discussing the possible location of the defense system and that the decision will be made before the South Korea-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting in October.

The South Korean government will be tested in its diplomatic abilities as it stands between its ally, the U.S. and its biggest economic partner, China. Basically, this is a result brought on by the South Korean government, which concentrated on sanctions against North Korea, despite the fact that the THAAD has little utility as a solution to North Korea's nuclear problem.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter ignited the THAAD issue in a statement he made on June 2. Before attending the Asia Security Summit (The Shangri-La Dialogue), held in Singapore on June 3-5, Carter said that the U.S. could discuss the placement of THAAD with South Korea.

Originally, the South Korean defense ministry had explained that THAAD was not an agenda in a meeting between the defense ministers of South Korea and the U.S. but on June 4, Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo stated a new position, "We have a clear determination to place the THAAD system." This led to words that South Korea, which had been studying the face of China, changed its attitude after noticing a change in the U.S. atmosphere. Then on June 5, China's Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Sun Jianguo retorted, "Placing the THAAD system on the Korean Peninsula is an act that far exceeds the required defense capability."

The intensity of the opposition could be felt by the fact that a senior official in the Chinese military expressed opposition at a major international event where military experts from 35 countries had gathered. South Korea and the U.S. have argued that THAAD is a limited defense system necessary to respond to the threats of North Korea's short to mid-range ballistic missiles, but the fact that the U.S. mentioned THAAD at this particular time raises questions on the true intention behind placing the THAAD system on the Korean Peninsula.

Perhaps the more important reason is to keep China in check using North Korea's nuclear program as an excuse. After a visit to China by Ri Su-yong, the vice chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea early this month, China has been showing a conciliatory attitude towards North Korea in response to a U.S. attempt to bind China, and the U.S. has increased its pressure on China.

The effectiveness of THAAD has yet to be proven and claiming to respond with THAAD because North Korea's short-range missiles are a threat to South Korea is misleading the public. Placing the THAAD system on the Korean Peninsula will break the strategic balance between the U.S. and China in Northeast Asia, and can also have a huge impact on security on the Korean Peninsula. Despite the THAAD being such a serious issue, the South Korean government is busy studying the faces of the U.S. and China. In particular, China plays a key role in implementing sanctions against North Korea, so the South Korean government has no choice but to appease China as long as it insists on keeping to its hardline policy toward North Korea.

The government must wake up from the dream of achieving denuclearization by choking North Korea and opt to resolve the issue of North Korea's nuclear program through dialogue. That is the only way it can escape from the dangerous tightrope act between the U.S. and China.

KCNA Slams Park Geun Hye Regime's Unprecedented Terrorism

Pyongyang, April 29 (KCNA) -- The Park Geun Hye group of traitors in south Korea on the verge of ruin is working with bloodshot eyes to prolong its remaining days through terrorism, allurement and abduction of citizens of the DPRK.
It hurled gangsters of the Intelligence Service (IS) into the operation for alluring and abducting 12 innocent women citizens of the DPRK in broad daylight in conspiracy with brokers in Zhejiang Province, China early in April to take them to south Korea, hideous international terrorism.

This is a shuddering unethical atrocity that can be perpetrated only by the Park group, hordes of confrontation maniacs and barbarians without equals.
The case is, to all intents and purposes, a premeditated and organized group allurement and abduction.
All these operations have been manipulated by the Chongwadae so far.

In June, 2013 Park Geun Hye commanded in the "room for managing crisis" of the underground shelter of the Chongwadae in real time the "operation" for alluring and abducting a group of DPRK citizens and taking them to south Korea, receiving a report from agents of the puppet embassy in a Southeast Asian country.

The then Dong-A Ilbo of south Korea said it was something unprecedented that the "president" directly commanded the "operation for transferring defectors from the north" reminiscent of a spy operation in the underground shelter of the Chongwadae all day long together with diplomacy and security authorities.

IS agents, anti-DPRK conspiratorial bodies such as "Duri Hana Missionaries' Society", "Good Friends" and "Council for Improving Human Rights in North Korea" and terrorists and spies under the guise of religionists, businessmen and philanthropists financed by the puppet authorities are active in the Northeast region of China for alluring and abducting operations.

The puppet forces set up the "Foundation for Supporting Defectors from the North" and the budget for "ferrying defectors from the north" for the purpose of abducting citizens of the DPRK. They are busy conducting modern type slave trade, paying "service money" to south Korean students studying in foreign countries, traders, tourists and even members of foreign mafias.

They are questioning abductees of the DPRK for six months at the "Central Joint Interrogation Center" made up of those concerned of the IS, the Ministry of Unification, the Defense Ministry and the police. Then they are conducting "anti-communist brainwashing" of them for three or four months, perpetrating all sorts of violence against them in a concentration camp called "Hana Complex."

The IS gangsters are now forcing "defection" upon the women abductees by employing appeasement, deception, threat and blackmail while claiming "they made a group defection at their free will" and "expressed skepticism about the social system in the north".
If their claim is true, there is no reason for them to keep the abductees in custody in solitary rooms one by one and keep them strictly away from the outside and they are now on a hunger strike, strongly demanding their prompt return to their motherland.

There is no ground whatsoever for the above-said women to defect to south Korea by abandoning their native places and parents, brothers and sisters.
The Park group will never be able to escape punishment for having perpetrated the thrice-cursed abduction in a bid to tarnish the image of the DPRK making a long drive. -0-

KCNA Commentary on S. Korean Regime's Treachery of Paving Way for Japan's Reinvasion

Pyongyang, April 7 (KCNA) -- The Park Geun Hye regime of south Korea is working with bloodshot eyes to tighten military nexus with Japan.
Tomohisa Takei, chairman of Japan's maritime "Self-Defence Force", flew to south Korea and held a confab with the naval chief of staff of south Korea. The Park's group described it as an "exchange of high-ranking officials" and "mutual exchange and cooperation" while feeling uneasy about diplomacy.
This was nothing but a dangerous military nexus for paving the way for reinvasion by Japan which brought distress-torn history to the Korean nation.

Japan is the sworn enemy of the Korean nation as it has waited for the chance of aggression while denying its past crimes at any cost and getting frantic with its moves for distortion of history and territorial expansion.
No sooner had Park Geun Hye taken office than conducted pro-Japanese diplomacy, trumpeting about the "establishment of forward-looking ties" and "building of sincere confidence."

Appointing pro-Japanese elements to such important posts as chief of the security office of Chongwadae and minister of Foreign Affairs, she talked rubbish that "Japan has the right to appear as a normal state" and "south Korea and Japan got closer within a great framework," seconding Japan's exercise of "the right to collective self-defense."

Despite strong protest and denunciation by the public at home and abroad the group of traitors met the demands of Japan over the issue of sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army and shut their eyes to its moves for grabbing Tok Islets.
Park is swishing her skirt, taking the lead in knocking into shape the U.S.-Japan-south Korea triangular military alliance, pursuant to the U.S. backstage manipulation and scenario.

Taking a tight hold on its south Korean and Japanese servants, the U.S. is working hard to establish the triangular military alliance, NATO of Asian version, at any cost to contain the DPRK and potential rivals in Northeast Asia.
South Korea-Japan "defense ministerial-level talks" held in Singapore last year gave assurances that they would "jointly cope with the nuclear and missile threat from the north". Feeling grateful for this, the Park group pledged to become an advanced group in paving the way for reinvasion by the Japanese reactionaries.

The confab held in pursuance of the above-said scenario is the product of the sinister plot of the puppet forces and the Japanese reactionaries to readjust the triangular military alliance under the U.S. patronage and escalate their moves to stifle the DPRK.
Due to south Korea's zealous involvement in tightening the military nexus with Japan the establishment of the triangular military alliance is progressing in real earnest.

The litany of rhetoric employed by the puppet forces to cover up the aggressive nature of the recent confab would only bring their true colors as pro-Japanese elements into bolder relief.
The Korean nation can neither escape disgrace and insult nor get rid of the danger of a nuclear war by foreign forces as long as such group of traitors is allowed to go scot-free.
The herds of traitors should be eliminated as early as possible as they do not bother to pave the way for Japan's reinvasion in a bid to do harm to the compatriots. -0-

Park Regime Is to Blame for Touch-and-Go Situation on Korean Peninsula

Pyongyang, March 22 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun Tuesday insists in an article that traitor Park Geun Hye is to blame for the prevailing touch-and-go situation as she ruined the inter-Korean relations with her policy of confrontation with the compatriots in the north and is going wild to realize the ambition for the invasion of the north.
The article goes on:

She slapped harsh "sanctions on the north" and is running amuck with hysterical war games against the north under the pretext of its measures for bolstering up the nuclear deterrent for self-defense and its satellite launch for peaceful purposes. These bring to light her vicious nature.

Park is going helter-skelter to realize the "yusin" dictator's dream of invading the north in her time which the dictator failed to do.
Innocent south Korean people will be subject to misfortune due to Park who is utterly ignorant of the military affairs.
South Korean public vent their rage and grievance that they are at unease due to the reckless saber-rattling which the old war servitor is staging with outsiders.

A war is sure to break out if she is left intact as she is steeped in a wild dream of invasion of the north to the marrow of her bones.
It is the only way out for the south Korean people to eliminate the war hysteric of Chongwadae. -0-

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

Pyongyang, March 1 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the south Korean puppet Ministry of Unification said at a news conference on Feb. 22 that the issue of concluding a peace treaty in the Korean Peninsula is not the one between the DPRK and the U.S. but south Korea should be "a main player."
He parroted someone's words that "there may be various discussions on the denuclearization, conclusion of the peace treaty and others but the government's position is that discussion on denuclearization is priority as it had already clarified."

His remarks clearly reflect the miserable position of the puppet group seized with uneasiness and contradiction, afraid that for its blind pursuance of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK south Korea may become a servant without a master.
Great irony is that the south Korean puppet forces who are no more than war servants of the U.S. are talking about the main player in replacing the Armistice Agreement which has existed for more than 60 years.

As well known to the world, the AA concluded on July 27, 1953 was signed by the DPRK and the U.S.
The AA was adopted as an international legal document thanks to the DPRK's initiative and stubborn struggle for providing a legal foundation for establishing peace-keeping mechanism after the Korean war. It called for resolving the issue of Korea independently and peacefully free from any foreign interference and building lasting peace-keeping mechanism in the Korean Peninsula, not temporary ceasefire.

The U.S., however, systematically rendered the AA defunct and persistently shunned the DPRK's series of fair and aboveboard proposals to conclude a peace treaty for a definite end to the Korean war.
It is none other than the U.S. which holds wartime operation control over the south Korean army and manages the AA.

The south Korean puppet forces have allowed the conversion of south Korea into the biggest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the Far East as a shock brigade of the U.S. for a war for more than six decades and ceaselessly staged war exercises, big and small, against the DPRK under various codenames.

Still now, they are talking about "firm commitments" to the U.S. over the DPRK's launch of the earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4. They have introduced U.S. F-22s and nuclear capable B-52s into south Korea, offering it as a theater of U.S. nuclear war.

Peace will never settle in the Korean Peninsula as long as the south Korean puppet group is hell-bent on confrontation with the compatriots in the north as the shock brigade of the U.S. for carrying out its scenario for stifling the DPRK.
The south Korean puppet forces would be well advised to stop running riot, well aware that they are no more than slaves of the American master as they have not an iota of sovereignty. -0-

Thaad talk: Is North Korea¡¯s ¡®missile threat¡¯ really about China? By Peter Lee

After the North Korean rocket launch, South Korea announced it would ¡°officially discuss deploying Thaad to US Forces in Korea to improve its missile defense posture.¡±
Thaad stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. It¡¯s a US anti-missile system, similar to Patriot missile batteries but is able to work against ballistic missiles at a higher altitude. As the term ¡°terminal¡± indicates, it¡¯s supposed to take out ballistic missiles as they start to descend on their targets from on high.

There are reasons to be skeptical about Thaad¡¯s utility to South Korea, and not just because missile defense appears to be mired in a difficult and unattractive adolescence.
Thaad is unlikely to do the ROK much good in defending against North Korean missile attack because of the short distances/times/types of missiles involved. According to this Arms Control Wonk podcast, (listen at 15:00) the system might provide some protection for the southern tip of the ROK against DPRK attack but not much else.

As to why Thaad? There is of course the issue of the People¡¯s Republic of China, which is the only other country in the area that might fire missiles that the United States would want to intercept. The PRC thinks so, too, and has made prompt, public representations to the ROK that this Thaad in South Korea is a bad idea.

The prevailing US attitude appears to be, F*ck ¡®em. The PRC has been unacceptably laggard in pressuring the DPRK to knock it off, so as punishment they get US missile defense on their doorstep.

Thaad in the ROK is seen as potentially blunting the PRC¡¯s ¡°A2D2¡± or ¡°anti-access/area denial¡± option of using its copious supply of short and medium range ballistic missiles to turn the waters around China into an ocean of flame for the US Navy in the case of a confrontation over Taiwan, the Senkakus, or whatever.

It¡¯s hard to argue with a defensive measure that would help deter the PRC from military adventurism in the region. However, there¡¯s another side to Thaad, one that supports the PRC objection in unexpected ways.

In terms of a Thaad facility in the ROK, Sukjoon Yoon described the capabilities of the system in The Diplomat:
Thaad¡¯s range will extend beyond the Korean Peninsula. The coverage provided by the existing sea-based Aegis system will be greatly extended by the planned deployment of AN/TRY-2 radars. These track inbound short- and medium-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs and MRBMs) with a high-resolution X-band (8-12.4 GHz) phased-array sensor system providing a 120-degree azimuth field out to 1,000¡­3,000km, effectively covering the whole of mainland China.

And there¡¯s this.
Like Turkey, the ROK has considered its own homegrown missile defense project, which the United States deplores because it would be stand-alone and just protect the ROK. Signing onto Thaad isn¡¯t pursuing ¡°missile defense.¡± It¡¯s ¡°providing a platform for the US integrated missile defense system.¡±

Per Yoon:
The deployment would imply that South Korea is part of the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) led by the US Missile Defense Agency. South Korea is also developing an indigenous missile defense system against North Korean threats, the Korea Air Missile Defense (KAMD) system, which is less likely to antagonize China than Thaad, since it will not be integrated into the wider BMD system designed to counter Iran in Europe and China in the Asia-Pacific.
What has particularly disturbed the Chinese military is the prospect of the U.S. linking individual sensors, interceptors, and communications assets dispersed all around the Asia-Pacific region into a comprehensive and integrated BMD system to interdict Chinese ballistic missiles in the boost and ascent phases of their trajectories. This would allow Thaad to penetrate and severely compromise China¡¯s air defense zone.

And there¡¯s more. With the military, there¡¯s always more.
There is Thaad, you see, and then there is THAAD-ER. THAAD-ER is currently just a gleam in Lockheed Martin¡¯s eye ($30 million in declared LM outlay on top of $2 million seed money from the Pentagon), but it is easy to believe it will be welcomed into the US Missile Defense Agency¡¯s $100 billion portfolio of anti-missile capabilities.

ER stands for ¡°extended range.¡± Its publicly announced mission is to counter the threat from hypersonic glide vehicles currently being developed by the PRC and the Russian Federation. Hypersonic glide vehicles, you see, have the ability to scootch along on flatter downward trajectories than the simple upsy-downsy parabolas of pure ballistic missiles while chugging along at speeds of 8-10 Mach. The HGVs are also designed to operate in the tricky boundary between the atmosphere and space, where neither space rocketry or aerodynamic correction work very well in missile defense. THAAD-ER is supposed to handle that.

Per Lockheed Martin:
¡°That kind of a target is designed to find a seam between systems like Patriot ¡¦ and systems like the Aegis weapon system. Because Thaad operates both in the endoatmosphere and the exoatmosphere, it has intercept capability in the region where that threat flies. The extended range version [of Thaad] would extend our battlespace against that kind of threat.¡±

That means the target has to be acquired and attacked further out i.e. extending the range by adding a booster rocket. The booster also gives the Thaad missile some linger, diddle, and fiddle leeway to adjust the flight path to hit a hypersonic glide vehicle.

And there¡¯s potentially more involved than the A2D2 equation.
¡°With an additional stage and an ability to loiter, Thaad [extended range] has been reported to have nine to 12 times existing Thaad coverage, and its increased velocity could potentially both counter hypersonic threats and have homeland missile defense applications, supplementing [Ground-Based Midcourse Defense],¡± said Thomas Karako, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Not sure if he¡¯s talking square kilometer or linear distance coverage. The current Thaad missiles have a range of 200 km.
In any case, the ¡°Ground-Based Midcourse Defense¡± that THAAD-ER is supposed to supplement is anti-ICBM defense. The PRC has noticed Thaad¡¯s implications for its strategic nuclear missile deterrent and is not pleased, per CSIS think tankers:
Chinese officials argue that Thaad could be used to monitor Chinese launches potentially as far inland as Xi¡¯an in northwest China and could be linked to the larger US ballistic missile defense (BMD) system to undermine China¡¯s ¡°lean and effective¡± second strike capability.

PRC planners are probably not persuaded by wonkish poor mouthing that Thaad is a hopeless boondoggle suffering from the same case of blind staggers that seems to afflict the Star Wars program overall, and unconvinced by assertions Thaad in South Korea will never impact PRC¡¯s strategic nuclear deterrent.

The US, I suspect, is carefully sandbagging its strategic ambitions for the Thaad so they can spot them around the PRC and Russia in the name of local defense. Once the missiles are in there, they¡¯ll be integrated into the region-wide network and can be upgraded to strategic assets to the extent that technology and diplomacy and the ability to fudge field tests as needed allow. Money, I think it is safe to say, will be no object.

So, Thaad in South Korea has nothing to do with North Korean rockets and missiles or, for that matter, South Korea. It has everything to do with the US rivalry with China. And it¡¯s not just a matter of frustrating the PRC¡¯s war plans for a conventional A2D2 battle against the US in the Western Pacific.
Thaad in South Korea potentially relates to degrading the viability of the PRC¡¯s land-based strategic nuclear deterrent and a host of knock-on consequences for PRC nuclear doctrine, Air Sea Battle, and the security of the region.

So Thaad is probably too important a strategic gambit to be played unilaterally and misleadingly on the pretext of messing with Kim Jong-un¡¯s rocket party. Even if it doesn¡¯t work.

Japan Can Never Cover up Crimes Committed against Korea- KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, January 21 (KCNA) -- 97 years have passed since the Japanese imperialists poisoned Kojong, emperor of Feudal Korea.
In those days the Japanese imperialists left no means untried to make legitimate the "Ulsa (1905) Five-point Treaty, a product of their policy of colonizing Korea, and but faced strong opposition of Kojong.

Kojong stubbornly rejected the treaty, declaring that "he would not accept it, though he may die at the Royal Ancestral Shrine as to allow the conclusion of the treaty is little short of pushing the country to ruin".
Well aware of the fact that the treaty fabricated through fraud and swindle could take effect only after Emperor Kojong examined and ratified it, Hirobumi Ito, chieftain of aggression, made desperate efforts to force the emperor to sign it and put the seal of the state on it.

Meanwhile, Kojong categorically rejected the "treaty" to the last and conducted secret diplomacy to have it nullified. In 1907 three emissaries of Kojong such as Ri Jun went to the 2nd International Peace Conference where they declared "the treaty" null and void and laid bare the Japanese imperialists' crude infringement upon Korea's sovereignty.

Japan regarded such incident as an occasion of finally depriving Emperor Kojong of his authority.
Ito hatched a plot in real earnest to dethrone Kojong, absurdly claiming that it was mockery and insult to Japan that Korea dispatched emissaries to the international conference without the permit of the "resident-general" as the latter "transferred" the right to diplomacy to the former.

On Jan. 22, 1919 the Japanese imperialists finally poisoned 67 years old Kojong and killed two waiting maids who had witnessed how he was poisoned.
In 1921, the truth about the poisoning of Kojong was disclosed by the "2nd declaration on independence" worked out and published by the "Korean Provisional Government" in Shanghai and the personal letter from a child of Kojong's concubine.

Recorded in the diary of Yuzaburo Kuratomi, director of the auditing bureau at Japan's royal office in 1919, which was opened to public at an international scientific symposium a few years ago is information that he was told that Terauchi, the first "governor-general" of Japan in Korea, ordered Hasekawa to poison Emperor Kojong for adamantly refusing to recognize the treaty.

The Japanese imperialists' poisoning of Kojong, supreme representative of the then sovereign state, was a blatant encroachment upon Korea's sovereignty, unprecedented state-sponsored terrorism and unpardonable insult to the Korean people.
All the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean people during the whole period of their occupation of Korea were thrice-cursed crimes against humanity.

Japan is obliged to admit its state and legal responsibility for its war crimes and hideous unethical crimes including the sexual slavery and make honest apology and reparation acceptable to all victims. However, it is claiming that the "issue of the sexual slavery was finally and irreversibly settled" through the recent "agreement" made with south Korea to settle the issue of the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army.

It was the international hideous crime against humanity that Japan forced women of various countries including at least 200 000 Korean women into sexual service.
"The agreement" is intended to cover up the sexual slavery with deceptive apology and payment of a petty amount of money. It is absolutely intolerable as it is a product of politically motivated bargain in which international justice and victims' just demands were ignored.

Japan would be well advised to seriously repent of its past crimes committed against the Korean nation and make honest apology and reparation and stop at once taking the lead in the anti-DPRK campaign, while whetting the sword of reinvasion. -0-

U.S. Termed Provoker of New War- KCNA

Pyongyang, December 24 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released a detailed report Thursday as regards the situation on the Korean Peninsula in 2015.
According to the report, the DPRK, at the beginning of the year, mapped out a grand plan for building a thriving nation, made a series of constructive proposals to defuse tension and create a peaceful environment on the peninsula and did every effort to realize them.

But those proposals faced only frosty response from the U.S. administration which has pursued the most ferocious hostile policy toward the DPRK in history, the report said, and went on:
On January 22, U.S. President Obama, spouting rubbish hurting the DPRK, openly cried out for bringing it down as early as possible.

The Obama Administration set this year as a war year and set August when Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drills began as the month when a war will start, and masterminded an unheard-of racket to stifle the DPRK.
It employed all means and methods to round off legal and institutional mechanism to stifle the DPRK, as evidenced by the "presidential executive order" on January 2 that declared "additional sanctions" upon the latter.

The degree of ideological and cultural poisoning and psychological warfare against the DPRK reached an extreme pitch with an aim to destabilize and topple it.
The U.S. made its clear appearance as the one trying to ignite a new Korean war when it tightened its control over and intervention in the politics and military and diplomatic affairs of south Korea.

Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills staged from March 2 to April 24 were the prelude to a war, which resulted in the August crisis.
For these war rehearsals, the U.S. organized even the staff of the U.S.-south Korea joint division and detailed the military operation and plans and reinforced the system and machineries of its forces to execute a war.

Its war moves reached the fiercest phase during Ulji Freedom Guardian war rehearsal that brought the August crisis.
OPLAN 5015 finally agreed upon with the south Korean regime in June was applied to the war rehearsal.

The U.S., after creating all conditions and environment for provoking a war in August, let the south Korean regime orchestrate conspiratorial events like "mine explosion" and "north's shelling" and under that pretext fire dozens of shells at the territory of the DPRK in a bid to push the situation to the brink of a war.
This was just like what it did during the 1950s when it instigated the Syngman-Rhee clique of south Korea to igniting the June 25 war.

To cope with the prevailing situation, the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea convened an emergency enlarged meeting on August 20 and issued an order to put the frontline area of the country on a semi-war state.

In response to the appeal made by the party and the government of the DPRK to avert a war and protect peace, all the service personnel and people determinedly stood up against the war moves of the U.S. and the south Korean authorities.

The U.S. plot for a new war was disrupted by the toughest backlash by the service personnel and people of the DPRK.
Thanks to the positive efforts made by the DPRK, a joint press release was published at the north-south high-level emergency contact held in Panmunjom from August 22 to 24. The situation seemed to have made a U-turn, from crisis of war to dialogue for peace and stability.

However, it again got worse due to the hideous hostile moves of the U.S.
The U.S. brought the Ronald Reagan nuclear carrier task force targeting the DPRK to the vicinity of the peninsula for war racket for invading the north during the reunion of the separated families and relatives from the north and the south in October, chilling the atmosphere of the reunion and again revealing its scenario for igniting a war.

Witnessing the worst situation on the Korean Peninsula in 2015, the service personnel and people of the DPRK realized once again that the U.S. is, indeed, the arch criminal harassing peace and that they should stand up against it with only strong arms of Songun and war deterrent for self-defence.

They became more convinced that it is the only way for achieving durable peace to conclude a peace treaty with the U.S. or to set out on a final great war of justice against it.
If Washington fails to drop its hostile policy toward the DPRK, persistently dreaming a daydream about "collapse of north Korea", it will only invite latter's backlash going beyond its imagination. -0-

S. Korean Ruling Forces' Fascist Suppression of People under Fire

Pyongyang, December 4 (KCNA) -- People of all social standings in south Korea are now staging ever fiercer actions for justice, truth, democracy and the right to existence against the conservative ruling forces' moves for the introduction of "state-compiled" history textbook and their unpopular rule.

Much upset by this, the conservative ruling quarters hurled tens of thousands of police into the operations for brutally cracking down on the participants in the actions and are kicking up a whirlwind of forcible seizure, search and arrest of leading members of the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) which spearheaded the peaceful rally and dozens of organizations under it.

Puppet court authorities demanded prison terms for many guiltless personages and indicted them en masse on charges that they praised the north. The authorities are revealing their criminal attempt to let the puppet Intelligence Service put down the people's anti-"government" struggle by linking it with the DPRK.

A spokesman for the DPRK Measure Council for Human Rights in south Korea in a statement on Thursday said that what matters is that such fascist tyranny has assumed all the more indiscriminate nature since the south Korean chief executive ordered the repressive campaign, likening those who are opposed to the authorities' unpopular rule to terrorists of the "Islamic State" and threatening not to overlook them.

The repressive campaign in south Korea is an intolerable challenge to human rights and democracy as it is a fascist action to prolong the treacherous rule of the conservative ruling forces by mercilessly cracking down on the people opposed to sycophancy and treachery, the revival of "yusin" dictatorship and unpopular rule.

The fascist crackdown and hysteria have been revived in south Korea to ruthlessly violate the dignity and rights of the people, the statement noted, and continued:
South Korea has now turned into the worst tundra of human rights and the land ill-famed for the worst human rights abuses in the world. This is an inevitable product of the conservative ruling forces' unpopular, undemocratic and unethical rule.
It is quite natural for the south Koreans to turn out in a mass struggle in protest against the present conservative forces who have driven their living into abject destitution, abusing their rights.

The south Korean conservative forces' tyranny against the people will spark off stronger resistance of the angry people and will never be able to evade bitter censure and denunciation by all the Koreans and the international community. -0-