(Note: Here we collect the articles which give us a thinking. We hope you should also read them and think over as we do. However, the views expressed in the articles are not necessarily the same as ours.)
KCNA Commentary on Japan's Ill-boding Military Moves
Pyongyang, September 4 (KCNA) -- The recent military moves of Japan have given rise to concern among the regional states.
Japan of late decided to organize a cyber unit in the west district corps of the Ground "Self-Defense Force" (SDF) - the unit to control the region with frequent naval frictions with China.
Against this backdrop, the Japan Maritime SDF is waging a military drill in the vast waters from South Sea of China to the Indian Ocean across the Malacca Strait from Aug. 26.
Japan announced that the joint naval exercise involving different countries would continue till the end of October.
The escalated military moves in the nearby waters of China were carried out pursuant to Japan's ambitious strategy towards China.
Japan Should Stop Playing Cunning Tricks: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, August 6 (KCNA) -- Japan is behaving imprudently again.
Shortly ago Japanese Foreign Minister Kono and the president of the House of Councillors spouted gibberish about denuclearization and "abduction issue".
It came soon after Prime Minister Abe talked about "bearing of cost" and "realization of summit talks", which betrays the disturbed feelings of Japan trying to meddle in the issue of the Korean peninsula.
But it is impossible to change the position of Japan that has sunk into a quagmire.
As known, now Japan is subject to disgrace and shame because it is the only one who doesn't have a share in the process of negotiations and cooperation of various countries for ensuring peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the region.
As it oversteps the mark casting a chill over the climate of dialogue and causing trouble, the international community's attitude to it gets cold day by day.
In a nutshell, Japan has sunk into the worst-ever quagmire of being marginalized and given the cold shoulder.
That's why it tries to draw the attention of the world with the whole gamut of nonsense.
Its miserable position is totally attributable to its anachronistic one-sided policy of pressure on the DPRK.
Apart form the trend of the times it keeps on its keynote of hostile policy towards the DPRK, which is the reason why it can't sit face to face with the DPRK and why it fails to flee from "passing Japan".
Nevertheless, it refers to the already-settled "abduction issue" again to stoke the atmosphere of hostility towards the DPRK, only plunging its fate into an abyss of hell.
It's very ridiculous of Japan to persistently pursue the escalation of tension and deterioration of situation on the Korean peninsula, even though the others give up.
No wonder, even foreign media say that "Japan has been definitely sidelined to the second group in tackling the issue of the Korean peninsula".
Today the first legal and moral obligations Japan assumes before the DPRK are the honest reflection on its bloody past crimes of aggression, full apology and thorough reparation.
No matter how craftily it acts to thrust itself into the trend of the times, it can never flee from the current pitiful position until it has properly settled its past chock-full of crimes. -0-
KCNA Commentary Urges Repatriation of Women Citizens from S. Korea
Pyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) -- Truth behind conspiratorial cases is bound to be disclosed.
More details of the story about forcible abduction of DPRK women citizens by the Park Geun Hye group of traitors have been disclosed in south Korea, touching off a flurry of censure at home and abroad.
An official concerned of a UN human rights body in a press conference on July 10 quoted the DPRK women employees as saying they did not know they were coming to south Korea, calling on the authorities to conduct thorough-going investigation, ferret out and punish those concerned with the case and respect the employees' intent for return.
On July 15 there was a confession by a criminal who had been involved in deceiving the women and bringing them to south Korea by appeasement, deception and threatening of the "Intelligence Service", which brought to light the case of "defection from the north according to free will".
This has proved in fact that the Park Geun Hye group cooked up the conspiratorial farce against the DPRK in order to turn the table in its favor a few days before the "National Assembly" election.
The crime committed by the group of traitors, which forcibly separated young girls from their beloved families in wanton violation of their rights in order to meet its political purpose, has aroused strong indignation of the public and this has touched off strong demand for their immediate repatriation.
Their repatriation is a pending issue which brooks no further delay.
But the south Korean authorities are still not taking a proper stand on the issue.
Now the north and the south are promoting issues for improvement of the relations and for peace and prosperity in the spirit of the Panmunjom Declaration and the reunion of separated families and relatives is also high on the agenda.
It is ridiculous to trumpet about the "pain of separated families" while keeping the new "separated families" deliberately created due to the inhumane act of the former conservative regime and while shunning the strong appeal of the separated families.
The repatriation of the women has to be realized without delay in the light of humanitarianism and for the abolition of evils and for the sustained development of the north-south ties.
Solution of humanitarian issue is an urgent issue more important than any exchange and cooperation.
The implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration does not mean the selected implementation for saving face or putting on airs.
It is utterly disgusting that the south Korean authorities have taken up double-dealing attitude while talking about "solution of humanitarian issue" and "development of the south-north relations" after forcibly separating those women from their parents for years.
The south Korean authorities should acknowledge the inhuman crimes committed by the Park Geun Hye group, though belatedly, and send back the DPRK citizens to the embrace of the motherland at once.
An attitude to this issue would make one judge their will for the improvement of the north-south ties.
Hypocrisy will never work. -0-
Rodong Sinmun Calls for Putting End to Disputes and Ensuring Global Peace
Pyongyang, July 2 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun Monday in an article underlines the important matters for putting an end to disputes among countries, political forces and tribal and religious sects in different parts of the world and ensuring peace and security.
Disputes threatening world peace and security occur as the imperialists and some other forces still seek domination and hegemony, the article says, and goes on:
To be loose in vigilance over the cunning moves of the imperialists leads to serious consequences.
For conflict-torn countries to achieve peace as early as possible is important to find out agreed points to meet mutual interests through dialogue. If one side imposes its requirements upon the other side for the egoistic purpose, it is impossible to find out a key to the solutions forever.
One should not inveigle outside forces into the settlement of disputes. The parties concerned should be responsible for the disputes and settle them through negotiations on the principle of unity free from outsiders' interference.
Every country should refrain from supporting or opposing one side in disputes of other countries. One-sided support will result in further aggravating disputes and confrontation.
All the countries should positively help the parties concerned peacefully settle disputes in mutual interests out of fair stand.
It is harmful to accept the prescription of the imperialists in settling disputes. Their prescription is aimed to paint themselves as "peace champion" and fish in troubled waters. -0-
KCNA Commentary on S. Korea-Japan Agreement
Pyongyang, May 29 (KCNA) -- Now the Korean nation and the whole world hope that the Panmunjom Declaration on Peace, Prosperity and Reunification of Korean Peninsula would be implemented as early as possible.
But, a number of hurdles still lie in the way for implementing the declaration.
Such dangerous hurdles should be removed without fail as they harm the improvement of the inter-Korean relations and create a war crisis on the Korean peninsula.
That's why south Koreans from all walks of life have recently pressed for the abrogation of the agreement on protecting military intelligence with Japan.
The south Korean people have waged an all-people signature campaign, saying that it is unpardonable to conclude a military agreement with war criminal state Japan and any attempt for military cooperation with Japan should be stopped as the top leaders of the south and the north declared that there would be no more war on the Korean peninsula.
This reflects the mindset of south Koreans who hope for the improvement of the inter-Korean relations and peace on the peninsula. It is also their demand that the authorities have to live up to the expectation.
As was clearly disclosed, the south Korea-Japan agreement on protecting military intelligence is a criminal product traitor Park Geun Hye and the Abe group made under the pretext of "threat from the north". So, it is an extremely dangerous and treacherous war agreement as it ferments distrust and confrontation among the fellow countrymen and opens the door to the Japanese reactionaries bent on the revival of militarism for the reinvasion of the Korean peninsula.
Now Japan, seized with the wild ambition for overseas aggression, is rushing headlong into militarism and gravely threatening peace and security in the region.
The desperate efforts of Japan to stem the current of reconciliation and peace prevailing on the peninsula are inviting criticism and derision from the world.
The conclusion of military agreement with Japan is quite contrary to the desire of the fellow countrymen for the Korean peninsula free from war.
There is no justification for the existence of the agreement.
The existence of such treacherous agreement is disgrace on the nation when the north and the south promised to open a new era for the independent reunification, peace and prosperity by their concerted efforts. It also goes against the expectation of the Asian people and the international community hoping for the stable situation in the peninsula and the region.
The agreement should be promptly abrogated in view of implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration and the south Korean authorities' combat against the deep-rooted evils.
The abrogation of the agreement, concluded by the Park Geun Hye group and Japan in a hurry, is one of the election commitments made by the present authorities of south Korea.
Actions speak louder than words, and it is more important to yield fruits through bold practice.
The south Korean authorities should show the will to implement the Panmunjom Declaration by taking a bold decision to repeal the treacherous war agreement. -0-
Nation and Partisan Interests and Policy Are Inseparable: KCNA
Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- South Korea's largest opposition party "Liberal Korea Party" is behaving unseemly when all the Koreans in the north, the south and abroad and the whole world including hostile countries are warmly supporting the historic inter-Korean summit meeting.
The ultra-right conservatives including Hong Jun Phyo are talking such nonsense every day as "the rarest camouflaged peace show" and "oral feast" so as to run down the Panmunjom summit and April 27 declaration and play down their meaning and success.
They are also viciously opposing Chongwadae's putting forward of the Panmunjom declaration to the "National Assembly" to be ratified by it, terming it "reversed thing" and "an unpardonable thing".
It clearly shows the true colors of the extremely vicious anti-national and anti-reunification group that exists only through the confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and war, indifferent to the desire and requirement of the nation as it is hysterics of the group of traitors to the nation keen on the division and confrontation.
Because of the crimes of the conservative regime which ended the June 15 era of reunification, talking about "the lost decade", the "Liberal Korea Party" has nothing to say of the present dramatic turning point.
It is running amuck going against the hard-won trend of improving the inter-Korean ties, far from apologizing to the nation for the monstrous crimes. It is surprising all.
No faction can ever stand above the nation, and the nation and partisan interests and policy are inseparable.
If one is a politician, one should be faithful to the historic great cause of the reconciliation and unity of the nation and peace and prosperity rather than say this or that over conservatism and progress.
The "Liberal Korea Party" has been engrossed in factional strife such as elections to the local self-governing bodies and containing of the ruling forces by the trite coloring campaign without idea and political tactics and is going the lengths of going against the public sentiment and betraying the nation.
Now the south Korean ultra-right conservative media and forces that have long supported conservatives are opposing the reckless act of the party beyond the common sense.
The candidates from the party are openly criticizing Hong Jun Phyo, representative of the party, with the elections just ahead and keep away from him, which is something unprecedented.
The herd of traitors to the nation is doomed to be isolated and rejected as it is using the fate of the nation and even the future for partisan strife with the outdated cold war mode of thinking.
It should be well aware that it will be sunk by the waves of the angry public like the "Park Geun Hye ship in distress" if it swims against the national trend of peace and reunification, failing to face up to the situation. -0-
KCNA Commentary Derides Japan's Immature Politics
Pyongyang, April 7 (KCNA) -- Japan persists in pursuing immature politics against the trend of the times.
Japan's Foreign Minister Kono talked rubbish chilling the atmosphere of dialogue on the Korean peninsula at a recent lecture, only to be censured by the public at home and abroad. He said that "one should not respond in haste to north Korea's 'charm offensive'" and "there is no need to hurry as north Korea may take advantage of it".
Commenting on such ill language often let out by the Abe government, Asahi Shimbun said "Japan fears that it might be isolated in the hot wind of north Korea-centered diplomacy in Northeast Asia", adding "people are concerned that Japan might be left alone under the rapidly changing situation."
As recognized by the public, the Abe government's trite hard-line policy and attitude toward the DPRK are no more than grumbling by the lonely island nation which was sidelined under the developing regional situation.
The phenomenon of "alienating Japan", of which it is now much concerned, was just brought by Japan itself, not by anyone else.
Japan is ahead of others in the geographic time zone but is always the last of the region and among the international community in the political time table. Its politics must be problematic.
Different from some opinions about smart "Japan's politics", the Abe government's short-sighted and backward politics are the worst ever in history.
Its authorities' language is run through with crude words and unilateral attitude betraying their ill intention to seek their interests only by disregarding the demand and interests of neighboring countries or by abusing them.
As for its hard-line policy hostile toward the DPRK, Japan persists in pursuing it in order to not only turn its home politics into reactionary and ultra-right ones but also step up rearmament and become a military giant.
That's why Japan was forsaken by the countries in the region calling for stability and atmosphere of reconciliation while keeping sharp vigilance against the moves of Japan. It is bound to be sidelined in the current trend of situation.
Recently, it invited others to tighten "cooperation in pressurizing" the DPRK, crying out for monitoring its "sea smuggling" and talking about "sharing of burden and observation", but got only silent or frosty receptions.
Japan is a country of Asia but is an island country apart from the Asian continent.
It should know that it can never change its fate as a politically isolated "lonely island nation" if it fails to face up to the demand and the trend in the region. -0-
KCNA Blasts Dishonest Forces' Distortion of Truth
Pyongyang, March 20 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency issued a commentary titled "Truth Must Not Be Distorted with Sheer Sophism" on Tuesday.
The commentary noted that thanks to the proactive measure and peace-loving proposal made by the DPRK, dramatic atmosphere for reconciliation has been created in relations between the north and the south of Korea and there has been a sign of change also in the DPRK-U.S. relations.
At this time, the dishonest forces in the U.S. and Japan and the conservative group of south Korea are peddling groundless stories distorting the truth in a bid to mislead public opinion, the commentary said, citing facts.
It went on: Incumbent and former officials and experts of the U.S. have become vocal, claiming that "north Korea took a change-about attitude even though the U.S. did not make any concession", "Trump's high-intensity sanctions and pressure strategy proves effective" and "it is a sign that north Korea has reached a limit beyond which it can no longer sustain itself", in an attempt to meet their own interests.
The Abe group, which is left alone as a result of the unexpected sudden change in the situation of the Korean peninsula, claims that "north Korea's dialogue and peace offensive is a result of the sustained pressure put by the international community" and "hasty dialogue would mean being taken in by north Korea's strategy of gaining time" and that "sanctions should never be slackened under any circumstances".
In the meantime, the conservatives of south Korea including the "Liberal Korea Party", conservative media and self-professed experts are reeling off invective that "it is a trite method for the north to opt for dialogue whenever it finds itself in a fix", "it is camouflaged peace offensive" and "it is aimed to make a crack in south Korea-U.S. alliance and to seek lift of sanctions".
The great change in the north-south relations is not an accidental one but a noble fruition made thanks to the DPRK's proactive measure, warm compatriotism and will for defending peace. Such an event as today could be possible as the DPRK's dignity has remarkably risen and it has strong might.
Such rubbish as "result of sanctions and pressure" and sort of "limit" spread by the hostile forces is just as meaningless as a dog barking at the moon.
The economy of the DPRK is rising, not sitting down as claimed by the riff-raffs, and is being put on a Juche and modern basis. Sci-tech achievements and models have been created in different parts of the country, promising the bright future for the improvement of the people's living standard.
It is by no means accidental that the public at home and abroad are unanimously commenting that the dialogue peace offensive of the DPRK is an expression of self-confidence as it has acquired everything it desires.
It is really an expression of small-mindedness for the riff-raffs to spoil the atmosphere and say this or that even before the parties concerned are given a chance to study the inner thoughts of the other side and are seated at a negotiating table.
We do like to remind that it is time for all to approach everything with prudence with self-control and patience.
The fault-finders have to face up to the unanimous demand of the public at home and abroad for the improvement of the north-south relations and for peace on the Korean peninsula and stop the mean act of distorting truth. -0-
Who Is Chieftain Posing "Threats": KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, February 26 (KCNA) -- These days the Abe group of Japan vociferates about "threats" to Japan from the DPRK.
Prime Minister Abe and Defense Minister Onodera at the House of Representatives said that hundreds of Rodong missiles with the whole land of Japan in the striking range have been deployed in the DPRK, stressing the need to introduce long-range missiles capable of removing "threats from north Korea" outside Japan under the principle of "exclusive defense".
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan insisted that it would distribute the "guidelines to cope with crisis", containing the way of evacuation from ballistic missile launch of the DPRK and ways for connection with local self-government bodies, to schools across Japan to be used from March.
Meanwhile, the Abe group let Miura, a scholar on international politics, and other conservative experts spread rumor that hidden "assassination unit" of the DPRK may be in Tokyo or Osaka and that big cities of Japan would be targets of such terrorism in case of a war between the DPRK and the U.S., while intensifying the suppression of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.
They are making desperate efforts to create terror-ridden atmosphere in the society of Japan under the pretence of "threats" from the DPRK. But it is a thinly-veiled trick.
The sordid intention of the Abe group, anti-DPRK confrontation fanatics, is to realize vile political purpose and ambition for reinvasion by actively spreading the rumor of "threats" from the DPRK.
It is just the Japanese reactionaries who displease the trend of reconciliation and peace on the Korean Peninsula which had been in the brink of war. Because such trend would offer no justification and pretext for them to advance toward militarism so as to turn Japan into a "country able to conduct a war" of which it has dreamed since its defeat.
The Abe group felt urgency for spoiling the atmosphere for peace and driving security uneasiness to the extremes. That's why the false rumor about deployment of missiles with the whole land of Japan in the striking range and "assassination unit" was badly needed for them.
They seek to train the younger generations into brutes occupied by hostility toward the DPRK and militarism by fanning up war-phobia even at schools.
The chieftain fostering unrest and terror in the society of Japan and posing threats to its proper is none other than the Abe group, and it is the Japanese people that are suffering the biggest damage from it.
The Japanese reactionaries sharpening the sword for reinvasion, far from making an apology for the thrice-cursed crimes against the Korean nation, are the sworn enemy of the Koreans and a root cause of misfortunes in the society of Japan and the foe to peace in Asia and the rest of the world.
Japan should stop such foolish act of inviting disasters to it, clearly understanding the strategic position of the DPRK and the trend of the times. -0-
KCNA Commentary on U.S. Moves to Resume Joint Military Exercises after Olympics
Pyongyang, February 19 (KCNA) -- Displeased with the atmosphere for detente being created on the Korean peninsula thanks to the peace-loving and proactive measure taken by the DPRK, the U.S. is openly going against it.
A typical example is the recent bluffing made by the U.S. charge d'affaires a.i. to south Korea, who at the instigation of the Trump group openly hinted that the joint military exercises with south Korea would be conducted as usual after the Winter Olympics and the issue of postponing the military exercises further has not yet been discussed.
The Trump group's racket for resuming the war exercises is a wild act of ruthlessly trampling even a small sprout of peace that has been now seen on the Korean peninsula, and it is a provocative act of chilling the active efforts of the DPRK and enthusiasm of the international community to defuse tension and create a peaceful environment.
This proves that the U.S. war shadow expected to loom after the Olympics has begun to be activated in its practical phase, not just as a hypothesis.
It is a well-known fact that whenever the DPRK-targeted U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises were held, the peace and security on the Korean peninsula were seriously threatened and hard-won atmosphere for reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south were spoilt in a moment.
What is more serious is that the Trump group recently announced it would expand the scope of the use of nuclear weapons so that they can be used even at the time of conventional weapon attack on the U.S. and its "allies", and the shipment of huge nuclear strategic hardware to and around the Korean peninsula is timed to coincide with this.
This has touched off the worldwide concerns. Lots of media and experts of the world are now worried that the resumption of the large-scale joint military exercises by the U.S. after the Winter Olympics would without doubt rattle the DPRK and chill the north-south ties that are showing positive sign, and would again push the regional situation to the extremes.
We have already clarified that we will resolutely counter any act of harassing peace and security on the Korean peninsula, and this is by no means any rhetorical threat.
However valuable the improvement of the north-south ties and the peaceful environment may be, the army and people of the DPRK will never remain an onlooker to the gangster-like acts aimed to encroach upon the security and interests of a sovereign state and to interfere in its internal affairs. The U.S. has to clearly understand this.
It is the principled stand and unshakable will of the army and people of the DPRK to counter provocation by prompt counterstrike.
The DPRK which has towered as a new strategic state will never flinch even an inch back from the path of defending independence and justice.
The Trump group has to ponder over the catastrophic consequence to be entailed by its reckless saber-rattling, and make a responsible choice. -0-
KCNA Commentary Blasts U.S. Plan to Resume Military Exercises after Olympics
Pyongyang, February 6 (KCNA) -- Even before the start of the Winter Olympics, there are increasing concerns at home and abroad about the situation on the Korean Peninsula after the Olympics.
The concerns are increasing as the U.S. is touting the resumption of the joint military exercises with south Korea as soon as the Olympics ends.
Recently a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department, the director of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. charge d' affaires in south Korea and other men of the Trump group at their official appearances said that they just "adjusted the schedule so that south Korea-U.S. joint military exercises would not overlap with Olympics" and "the exercises will start as soon as the Olympics are over".
This sinister military act aimed to chill the hard-won atmosphere for the improvement of the north-south ties and reverse the trend of development is an outright challenge to the sincere efforts made by the DPRK to defuse the tension on the Korean peninsula and create a peaceful environment.
The U.S. plan to postpone the joint military exercises to the period after the Olympics is never a manifestation of generosity.
This was a measure taken under the strong demand of the south Koreans from all walks of life and the international community, clear evidence that the U.S.-s. Korea joint military exercises are a serious crime harassing peace and security on the Korean peninsula and the region.
Historically, the phase for d?tente created on the Korean peninsula with much effort was disrupted more than once due to the U.S. racket for war exercises against the DPRK.
Commenting on this, a foreign media confirmed that "if south Korea and U.S. hold large-scale joint military exercises after the Phyongchang Olympics, it would without doubt rattle the DPRK again and chill the DPRK-south Korea relations that have shown positive sign."
Lurking behind the U.S. act of building up the public opinion over the resumption of the joint military exercises even before the opening of the Olympics is its intention to undermine the atmosphere for the improvement of the north-south ties before it gains momentum.
The situation clearly proves that the U.S. is a harasser of the peace on the Korean peninsula, a chief culprit escalating tensions and a main stumbling block standing in the way of Korea's reunification.
What matters here are the moves of the south Korean military warmongers chiming in with the U.S. racket for saber-rattling.
If the U.S. and south Korea resume the large-scale joint military exercises, the situation on the Korean peninsula will again be pushed back to the grim phase of catastrophe and the provokers will have to bear all responsibilities.
The U.S. and the south Korean military warmongers will have to ponder over the consequences to be brought about by their nuclear war saber-rattling. -0-
KCNA Commentary Urges U.S. to Withdraw Hostile Policy toward DPRK
Pyongyang, January 27 (KCNA) -- The world is urging the U.S. to withdraw the anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK and opt for co-existence with the DPRK, while giving wide publicity to the personality of respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un as a great man who raised the strategic position of the country.
The U.S. magazine Paste in an article on Jan 17 wrote that the U.S. lost in the stand-off with north Korea over Olympic games and the nuclear issue, adding that leader Kim Jong Un is putting to use the peace card, the most powerful weapon in the region. It also said that the U.S. hinges on decision of the north Korean leader, who may end the confrontation any time he wants and would pursue several peace initiatives, commenting that in the end the U.S. will be made to co-exist with north Korea just as it does with Russia and China which level their nuclear weapons at it.
The Indian newspaper Ocean News Point, the Iranian Ilna and other media praised Kim Jong Un as the most ideal state leader of the present times possessed of the excellent qualifications and traits and a leader strong in faith, pluck and independence.
The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News, Australia's press website Interpreter and China's Hong Kong Economic Journal, too, carried articles saying that north Korean nuclear weapons will, in fact, bring stability to Northeast Asia, because nuclear weapons would reduce misjudgment and prevent conflict from expanding.
As known, today when the situation on the Korean peninsula has entered the track of detente thanks to the proactive measure taken by the DPRK, the U.S. is trying hard to turn the table, regarding the positive development as a thorn in the flesh, even though it clamored for peaceful solution of the Korean peninsula issue.
Provocative remarks are openly heard from high-ranking officials of the U.S. political circle and administration. They assert "now time has come for the U.S. to put the north into disadvantages and hold initiatives", "the present trend whereby the U.S. is held back by the north's appeasement policy must be reversed" and that "the Trump administration is taking very serious examination of the military option toward the north".
The U.S. is putting to the extreme political and military pressure on the DPRK while hurling huge aggression troops including all sorts of sophisticated nuclear war lethal means to the sky, land and sea.
The U.S. should not make misjudgment.
It should face up to the fixed will of the Korean nation for independent reunification and the powerful force for safeguarding peace and make reasonable and rational option for itself after refraining from indiscreet provocative adventures, though belatedly.
A priority for it is to repeal the anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK. -0-
KCNA Warns Conservative Media and Politicians against Anti-DPRK Vituperation
Pyongyang, January 21 (KCNA) -- At a time when our personnel's dispatch to the south side is high on the agenda following the north-south high-ranking talks and technical contacts, the south Korean conservative media and politicians continue to speak ill of the DPRK.
Chosun Ilbo, Choongang Ilbo and other conservative media of south Korea describe the measures and sincere efforts exerted by the DPRK as a step to "paint hermit state as normal state" and as the one for "promotion of social system" and as "camouflaged peace offensive".
They are even branding the Masikryong Ski Resort and Kalma Airport which we offered for joint training as "old and imperfect equipment" and "dangerous places", dare slandering them as the ones aimed at building "achievements".
"Liberal Korea Party" representative Hong Jun Phyo, chief spokesman Jang Je Won and other conservative politicians keep branding the DPRK's participation in the Olympics as the "one for estranging the south side from the U.S." and that the "Olympic is an offering presented to the north" up to date since the first day of the north-south technical talks.
These deliberate slandering to chill the ardent desire of the whole nation for improvement of the north-south ties clearly reveals the sordid nature and poor colors of those staking their fate on confrontation with the fellow countrymen.
Nothing else can be expected from the conservative remnants staking their fate on outsiders, nation's division and confrontation with the fellow countrymen. But their desperate acts of openly challenging the hardly-won atmosphere for the improvement of the north-south ties now shock even the international community, to say nothing of the Koreans in the north and the south and abroad.
Now the Korean people query should our sacred mission be truly sent to such a dangerous place where tricksters, devoid of traditional manners and customs of the Korean nation and any traits as the civilized men in the modern day, go roughshod.
As had already been clarified, there is no doubt about the sincerity and authenticity of the DPRK to improve the north-south relations and to ensure successful Olympics.
Never unreasonable was our request to value the hardly-won atmosphere for north-south reconciliation and keep it up, not asking the past of anyone who has the blood and the spirit of the Korean nation.
Furthermore, now that countries and nations competitively head for development to meet their own interests, the acts of slandering fellow countryman and inciting confrontation can not be construed otherwise than a traitorous act to check the unified development of the nation and to help outsiders fish in troubled waters.
Even before the north-south ties that had been in frozen made an official set-off, the conservative media and politicians resorted to all sorts of vituperation against the DPRK. This leads to increasing concern that the "Peace Olympics" so much touted by the south Korean authorities can turn into "Confrontation Olympics."
The whole nation has already turned its back on such reptile media as Chosun Ilbo and Choongang Ilbo which are only keen on smear campaign and slandering, being devoid of impartiality and objectivity as media and such conservative politicians as Hong Jun Phyo and Jang Je Won engrossed in criticizing their fellow countrymen.
If the trend toward the improvement of inter-Korean relations is checked and mistrust and contradiction build up again due to the thoughtless acts of the conservative remnants aimed to tarnish our noble compatriotic measures, those who played havoc with the great cause of the nation and slandered their fellow countrymen will be made to own full responsibility.
They are clearly reminded that the whole nation is closely following their future attitude. -0-
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-