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KCNA Commentary Censures Japan's Moves for Continental Invasion
Pyongyang, March 11 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries persist in its moves to usurp Tok Island.
Shortly ago, the chief Cabinet secretary of Japan at an interview let out bellicose remarks that Japan would resolutely defend Tok Island, again asserting that the island is "part of Japan's inviolable territory".
And he said that Japan would strengthen the correct information transmission through its embassies in different countries and overseas dispatch of domestic brains in order to secure the "international community's proper understanding" of the issue.
It is needless to say that such rubbish is a revelation of the reckless design of the militarists to launch reinvasion after making a legal justification for continental invasion by misleading the public opinion at home and abroad.
It is well known that Japan has long been in friction with its surrounding countries over "dominium". Its moves for seizing Tok Island reached the extremes in their impudent, aggressive and dangerous nature.
Recently, foreign minister and other ministers of Japan have taken the lead in hyping up its "dominium" over Tok Island. 57 pieces of misinformation about Tok Island were newly posted on its government homepage. Despite public criticism at home and abroad and health crisis caused by COVID-19, an event was held to mark "Takeshima Day" in the presence of government officials.
The chairman of the Policy Research Council of the Liberal Democratic Party, grumbling that some Japanese media use both Japanese and Korean terms "Takeshima" and "Tok Island" in their reports, said that such terms may lead to public acknowledgement that the island is not a part of the Japanese territory.
Japan seeks to openly launch continental invasion under the pretext of "retrieving its dominium over Tok Island" after highlighting the waters around it as a strife-torn area in the international arena by hyping up its "dominium" over the island.
This is clearly proved by Japan's wild ambition for territorial expansion, undisguised ambition for reinvasion, the "Self-Defence Forces" that rapidly get bigger, free from the shackles of "exclusive defence", and frequent military exercises such as those for recapturing remote islands.
Tok Island is always a part of the inalienable territory of the Korean nation.
Japan is bound to face a terrible disaster for its desperate denial of such hard historical fact recognized by international law.
Japan would be well advised to think twice about the catastrophe to be entailed by its wild ambition for usurping Tok Island. -0-
Japan's Militaristic Moves Will Backfire: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, December 22 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries' project for building a military giant has reached a more grave stage.
Shortly ago, the Japanese authorities officially announced a decision to extend the range of the Type 12 Surface-to-Ship guided missile in five years from 2021.
This is little short of an overt declaration that they would openly possess the means of war for aggression after shaking off the cloak of "exclusive defense".
It is obvious that the said weapon is not for home defense as its range (one hundred and tens of kilometers at present) is to be extended to some 900 km.
The gravity of the issue is that Japan plans to deploy such guided missiles on the ground and also mount them on fighters and warships.
Japan's air force is capable of carrying out inter-continental flights and its warships including an aircraft carrier-class one travel across the region and other parts of the world.
Given this, the target of Japan's plan is as clear as noonday.
It is to constantly keep the neighboring countries within the range of its strike by boosting its capabilities for air, ground and naval attack operations and realize its wild ambition for launching a surprise continental invasion at last.
The Japanese reactionaries are beefing up the military muscle while putting spurs to the retrogressive revision of the Pacifist Constitution that stipulates the renunciation of the right of belligerency and the ban on the possession of combat power.
Such undesirable military moves provoke the public discontent inside and outside Japan.
Opposition parties and various public circles of Japan are growing vocal censuring the regime's militaristic plan, saying its bid to extend the range of surface-to-ship guided missiles is "beyond exclusive defense as it actually enables Japan to 'attack an enemy base'".
Japan is a hideous war criminal state and defeated nation that inflicted untold pain and misfortune upon the peoples of Asian countries including Korea, crying out for realizing the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" in the last century.
Japan's dangerous moves for becoming a military giant to launch overseas invasion again will only boomerang on it.
Japan is bound to perish in the flames it kindled if it runs amuck, oblivious of the lesson from its past defeat. -0-
KCNA Commentary on Japan's Moves for Reviving Militarism
Pyongyang, October 28 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are openly pursuing the revival of militarism.
Suga, who took office as prime minister of Japan recently, made a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine on the occasion of the autumn ancestral rite day.
This proves that the island country remains unchanged in its black-hearted design to leave no stone unturned to instill venomous ultra-nationalism into the minds of the Japanese public, just as the former regimes did, and to launch overseas invasion by embellishing the crime-woven past and reviving the departed soul of militarism.
Dancing to the tune of him who revealed the ultra-right colors, other politicians of Japan were busy visiting and making offerings to the shrine and unhesitatingly spouting rubbish inciting militarism.
Notably, the minister of Defense let out sophism justifying his visit to the shrine, and the boss of the bipartisan lawmakers federation said before journalists after his visit to the shrine that he visited the shrine full of a wish that Japan and the world would be peaceful.
This is an unpardonable mockery to the Korean nation and the Asian people who suffered pain due to Japan in the past.
Far from feeling shame for the thrice-cursed crime and the defeat it committed and sustained in the past and drawing a lesson from it, Japan, harboring extreme grudge, has worked hard to gloss over the international community's demand for its atonement for the hideous crime-woven past, while getting crazy about historical distortion and pursuing reinvasion like the scenario for turning Japan into a military giant.
The regime of Suga is following in the footsteps of the former regime which perpetrated unprecedented "sins."
The present regime has been praised by Abe for "making a very good start." Buoyed by this, it seeks to step up the final completion of the legal and military foundations for launching overseas invasion.
It set up draft-making commission within the Liberal Democratic Party in a bid to make the present constitution a war one. It seeks to shape the draft bill on revision until the end of this year, giving spur to the moves for possessing the "capability for attacking the enemy bases."
Madcap large-scale war drills of the "Self-Defense Forces" are being staged across the Japanese archipelago, waters off it and in the sky as preparations for overseas invasion under the pretext of getting familiar with the methods of operations for defending remote islands, space and cyber warfare and electronic warfare.
No matter how frequently Japan pays lip-service to "global peace" and justify the visits to the shrine and embellish the blood-stained past history, no country would be taken in by it.
Such moves of Japan to turn the world into a theater of aggression and massacre by reviving militarism will only evoke bitterer denunciation and repugnance of the international community.
No matter how much water may flow under the bridge and how frequently one generation may be replaced with another, the Korean nation and mankind will never forget the past crimes of Japan but surely force it to pay dearly for them.
Japan should face up to this and stop running riot. -0-
Japan Can Never Cover Up Its Past Crimes: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, September 8 (KCNA) -- Recently there took place a memorial service for the Korean victims of forcible drafting by the Japanese imperialists in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Recollecting that a great number of Koreans had met grievous deaths while being forced into slave labor in nearly 120 enterprises including coal mines, mines and power stations in the prefecture in the last century, speakers there stressed that such sore past should never be forgotten.
This proves that the nefarious crimes committed by Japan can never be forgotten, no matter how much water may flow under the bridge, and the deep-seated enmity toward Japan is getting bitterer.
As recognized by history, Japan is a criminal state which deprived Korea of its sovereignty at the point of bayonet and ran amuck to exterminate the Korean nation by enforcing the most outrageous and brutal colonial rule in the past.
It forcibly brought more than 8.4 million Korean people to battle fields for aggression and slave labor sites by invoking its government and military power, and cruelly slaughtered them in the end. This was an unprecedented crime against humanity.
There still remain such forced labor sites across the Japanese archipelago, which bring to light the inhuman crimes.
A lot of Koreans, who had been brought to various parts of Japan through abduction, little short of the "slave hunting" dating back to the medieval age, met miserable death after being driven into the most dangerous and hardest labor without any elementary safety measures.
As a Korean draftee testified, the Korean workers were treated "more cruelly than a prisoner or a slave" and the drudgery sites were just like "veritable hell."
The Japanese imperialists beat and starved the Korean draftees to death and massacred them to "keep secret" and used them as guinea pigs for developing germ weapons.
They buried under the sea a lot of Korean draftees on way home after liberation of Korea by sinking the ship carrying them by detonating explosives and locked the survivors in a naval billet and killed them by blowing up a steam tank.
The number of Korean people killed by the Japanese imperialists during their colonial rule over Korea runs to over one million.
Japan's hideous unethical crimes can never be pardoned even though it apologizes to the Korean people for them thousands of times.
However, Japan has gone so impudent as to desperately dodge its responsibility for atoning for the past crimes, far from making apology and reparation for them.
It seeks to remove the memorials to the Korean victims of forcible drafting built across the world, saying that "it did good things in Korea" and "there was no forcible drafting of Koreans". It unhesitatingly registered the sites of forced labor including the Hashima Coal Mine as world cultural heritage.
Acts of discriminating against, persecuting and threatening Koreans in Japan, the descendants of the Korean victims of forcible drafting, have reached a serious phase.
There are many countries and nations which took wrong paths and committed crimes in the past but Japan is the one and only country which persistently refuses to reflect on and atone for its crime-woven past.
With no sleight of hand can Japan cover up the past crimes.
It can never evade its legal and moral obligation for atoning for its crime-woven past.
The Korean people will certainly make the sworn enemy Japan pay dearly for its crimes against the Korean nation. -0-
KCNA Commentary Blames Japan for Asserting Its "Dominium over Tok Island"
Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, a research institute under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan posted on Internet a video clip asserting Japan's "dominium over Tok Island".
The video clip shows an eighty-year-old man alleging that Tok Island is a "territorial part of Japan" while saying he heard from his grandfather several times that he caught fishes around Tok Island in the late 1880s.
It is no more than another fabrication made by the Japanese authorities who are engrossed in their wild ambition to seize Tok Island.
From long ago, Japan has left no means untried to seize Tok Island which has rich marine resources and is of military importance.
This year alone, Japan specified in the diplomatic blue book once again the content that Tok Island is a "territorial part of Japan", expanded the "exhibition of territorial sovereignty" and examined and passed en masse textbooks for middle schools which carry the ridiculous assertion that Tok Island is always the territory of Japan.
Amid the continuous provocative remarks made by politicians, there took place in the Diet a meeting calling for conquering Tok Island, at which such war-thirsty remarks as seizing the island through war were openly made.
Now Japan insists on its dominium over Tok Island, based on an individual's obscure "reminiscent talk" bereft of scientific accuracy and objectivity, which is so ridiculous.
Japan is, indeed, an impudent and shameless robber, as it even resorts to such despicable means to seize our land that has been handed down generation after generation.
The Japanese reactionaries' moves for seizing Tok Island are an unpardonable infringement on the sovereignty of our nation and outrageous violation of historical justice and truth.
Tok Island is an inviolable territory of our nation.
Old geographical books and historical documents of Korea clearly prove that Tok Island is an inalienable territory of Korea and Korea's dominium over it is in full accord with the principle of prior occupation from the viewpoint of international law on territorial acquisition.
Even most historical records of Japan ascertain that Tok Island belongs to Korea, and such historical documents and maps are being opened to the public one after another.
In particular, the "Shimane Notice" No. 40, which Japan puts forth as "scientific warrant" for its dominium over Tok Island", were already proved groundless and illegal.
Japan tries hard to prove the legality of the "Shimane Notice" through the said video clip, but such foolish farce brings only quite adverse result to Japan.
Japan, irrespective of historical facts and principles of international law, has insisted that Tok Island is its territorial part, which aims at instilling in its people the cognizance that Tok Island is the "plundered land", thereby inventing "justification" for overseas invasion and thus realizing the wild ambition for reinvasion it has cherished so far after its defeat in the World War II.
Japan should quit the foolish dream of seizing the territory of Korea by hoodwinking the international community with absurd fabrication, but draw a lesson from its history of invasion and make a sincere apology and reparation for the crimes it committed against the Korean nation, though belatedly. -0-
KCNA Commentary Blasts Japan's Wild Ambition for Becoming Military Power
Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- Recently, Japan has deployed Patriot missiles of improved version at four bases of the "Self-Defence Forces" in Chiba, Shizuoka and Fukuoka prefectures.
The interception altitude of the missiles called PAC-3 MSE with remodeled radar, triggering device and others increased to dozens of kilometers from the previous ten-odd kilometers. Their area of defense doubled and the radar can detect smaller missiles.
The Japanese reactionaries are pressing ahead with the remodeling of missiles while further expanding their deployment to the units across the country. They are justifying it with an excuse that "surrounding countries are making spectacular advances in missile development and their performance has also improved, and therefore securing the ability to cope with them is important".
In the light of the objective fact that the missiles with improved military technological indicators can be used beyond the purpose of defense, this clearly points to the reckless military behavior of the Japanese reactionaries crazy for reinvasion.
With the Abe regime staying longer in office, the bellicose and dangerous nature of Japan to start the gunfire of reinvasion is getting serious.
The war criminal state which is deprived of the right to have its regular army, to say nothing of the right to belligerency and the right to participate in a war, has now ranked itself among five most powerful military giants in the world stretching out its hands of aggression beyond the boundary of the country.
The "SDF" is highly developing its mobile strike ability and turning its military hardware into the ones centered on a preemptive attack by spending an exorbitant amount of military expenditure on possessing aircraft carrier, developing long-range cruise missile, introducing 100-plus ultra modern stealth fighters, launching military surveillance satellite and so on.
In February last, the Japanese reactionaries conducted a test flight of P-1 antisubmarine patrol plane loaded with advanced air-to-ship missile of drastically extended firing range.
On this, foreign media comment that it is an efficient stopgap for the "SDF" which are constitutionally prohibited to possess bombers to turn the antisubmarine patrol planes into bombers fully loaded with missiles, clarifying that it can even have the capability for strategic strike if the planes are loaded with long-range cruiser missiles when in need.
Shortly ago, the Kirisame, the escort warship of the Maritime "SDF" dispatched to the Middle East, has started gathering intelligence even amid the increasing world concern over COVID-19.
These are really a clear revelation of their wild ambition to become a military power and to launch overseas expansion.
Actually, the Japanese reactionaries are making no secret of the fact that they have deployed dense attack forces in every strategic vantage of the country targeting the surrounding countries.
Every move of Japan including all kinds of war rehearsals aimed at acquiring the capability to fight a war, military advance overseas against the public mindset and revision of the Constitution are reminding the people of the times when the Japanese imperialists got extremely desperate for continental aggression.
The reckless military behavior of the island country is a challenge to the desire of mankind for peace and stability.
The international community is closely watching the moves of the defeated country, the war criminal state for reinvasion gaining momentum day by day. -0-
Rodong Sinmun Warns North-South Relations May End up in Total Stalemate
Pyongyang, June 8 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun on Monday said in an article that the leaflet-scattering committed by human scum "defectors from the north" to slander the dignity of our supreme leadership is an intolerable insult to and mockery of the people of the DPRK, adding that this has become a fuse that leads to the catastrophic north-south relations.
The south Korean authorities can never escape from the responsibility for making the north-south ties as serious as now, says the article.
It goes on:
The scattering of anti-DPRK leaflets from the area along the Military Demarcation Line is an unjustifiable and most vicious politically-motivated provocation against the DPRK.
In particular, the first and foremost hostile act against us is the one of slandering our supreme leadership and social system. It is, in fact, a provocation graver than the firing of bullets and shells at the DPRK.
Even though the present south Korean authorities are trumpeting about the "dialogue" and the "implementation of the south-north declaration", it is little short of an act of putting on airs. No one can deny that the promises repeatedly made by them are all hypocrisy and deception.
The south Korean authorities will have to foresee the worst phase in not too distant future. The north-south relations may face a total failure.
The south Korean authorities should repent of what a catastrophic thing they committed and will have to pay a dear price for their acts of insulting the most sacred sentiment of the people of the DPRK. -0-
KCNA Commentary on Japan's Chauvinist Act
Pyongyang, May 15 (KCNA) -- Japan revealed once again its image as the dirtiest human rights abuser and a barbarous state in the world.
On May 10, the Japanese right-wing gangsters committed such unpardonable atrocity before Korean University as frantically slandering the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and Korean University, holding posters and placards reading "Korean University is one of death", "Tokyo metropolis, Cancel the approval of incorporation of Korean University", etc.
The riot, which was committed at a time when an emergency situation was declared across Japan due to the spread of COVID-19, is another grave challenge to the DPRK and Chongryon and a deliberate and barbarous criminal act committed under the open patronage of the Japanese authorities.
The successive Japanese reactionaries have gone desperate in their despicable moves to discriminate against the Koreans and suppress them whenever an opportunity presented itself, while regarding the Korean nation as a thorn in the flesh.
The barbarians who turned the whole country into a theatre of rampage against the Koreans in the wake of the great Kanto quake in the past century have resorted to the reckless act of national exclusionism such as the shooting spree at the Central Hall of Chongryon and the case of breaking windows of Korean kindergarten in Tsurumi and others in the new century, too.
The ceaseless moves against the DPRK and Chongryon in Japan can never be seen as personal act by some gangsters.
It is a state-sponsored crime which has openly been committed by the government authorities that imbue the whole Japanese society with the chronic spirit of exclusionism against Koreans in a systematic way after setting the hostile policy towards the DPRK as the state policy.
Last year the Abe government excluded the facilities for upbringing children under Korean schools in Japan from the system of "free infant education and upbringing". And following its footsteps, the Saitama City authorities stopped the supply of face masks to the kindergarten of Korean school some days ago, and as for the recent riot, though the side of Korean University demanded a halt to it, tens of policemen who arrived in the scene took no measure and, as a result, the two-hour-riot created a gruesome atmosphere. Such facts give a clear answer to the source of all the discrimination acts against the Korean nation.
The desperate moves of the Japanese reactionaries to tarnish the images of the DPRK and Chongryon pursuant to the U.S. frantic hostile policy towards the DPRK are as foolish acts as trying to eclipse the sun with bare hand.
The Abe authorities, before claiming a sort of dialogue, should bear in mind that it is Chongryon that represents the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK in Japan.
It is an unshakable will of our people to regard any persecution and suppression of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan as a grave infringement upon the DPRK and take resolute counteraction.
Whenever Japan goes recklessly while hurling gangsters into doing harm and undermining the patriotic cause of Chongryon and dampening the ardent patriotism of Korean youth in Japan, our people's hatred against Japan will further increase and the Japanese authorities will be held wholly accountable for all the ensuing consequences. -0-
Submission Only Brings Misery and Disaster: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, April 29 (KCNA) -- Recently there was an accident at Futenma U.S. air force base in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan in which a large amount of foamed fire-retardant containing toxic fluorine compounds flow out.
Most of over 220 thousand liters of the retardant drained out of the base to severely pollute peripheral environment.
This shows that Japan is bound to suffer such misery and disaster for yielding its territory to the outside forces as a supply base.
As well known, the U.S. has built its military bases at all strategic points across the Japanese Islands from Hokkaido to Okinawa with a great number of troops and war equipments amassed there.
The U.S. forces in Japan enjoy extraterritorial privileges under the "Japan-U.S. status of forces agreement" and behave audaciously taking no thought of life and security of the Japanese. The Japanese have consequently been suffering all sorts of harm and pain.
In Okinawa Prefecture, in particular, which is 0.6 percent of the Japanese territory, but where over 70 percent of U.S. military bases in Japan are stationed, crimes by U.S. troops are daily occurrences.
The pains Futenma U.S. air force base has brought to the people of the prefecture are especially great. They are suffering heavy financial burden, noise pollution and environmental pollution and living in danger due to frequent accidents of U.S. warplanes and immoral and corrupt acts of the U.S. troops.
They are suffering such disaster and misery at the cost of offering their land and a lot of money, which is a piteous plight of the island country.
However, Japan has reportedly been waiting for a permission of the U.S. army side to enter the base for a field investigation.
Though the main criminals of the accident are sitting back with folded arms, Japan could not make a protest, but had to get local fire brigades to dispose of the polluted matter outside the base.
The Japanese authorities implanted with submission are busy at covering up the fault of the U.S. air force base.
Japanese Defense Minister Kono at a press conference shortly after the accident made senseless remarks that the accident was unavoidable for the U.S. army side, saying that "there is no substitute for the toxic foamed fire-retardant" and "it takes time to exchange".
The result of submission is so disgraceful.
Victims of the Japanese authorities who are prolonging their remaining days by following the U.S. with a wild dream to reinvade other countries with the back of their American master are the Japanese people.
Now the Japanese people are strongly demanding withdrawal of the U.S. military bases which are the root cause of their misery and pain and fundamental revision of the "Japan-U.S. status of forces agreement".
As long as the Japanese authorities find their way out in submission to the U.S. contrary to the sentiment of their people, they can never get rid of poor status of a stooge. -0-
Whither Coronavirus? When Will It End and What Will Happen Along the Way?
Philip Giraldi on 2020-03-29
The coronavirus story has generated a number of major subplots. First is the origin of the virus. Did it occur naturally or was it created in a Chinese, American or Israeli weapons lab? If bioengineered, did it somehow escape or was it deliberately released?
As the governments that might have been involved in the process have become very tight lipped and the mainstream media is reluctant to embrace conspiracy theories, we the public may never know the answer.
Second is the nature of the virus itself. There are inevitably skeptics who choose to compare the affliction to a common head cold or normal winter flu and are able to cherry pick so-called experts to support their case.
Many Americans are unwilling to submit to a lockdown or isolation and are flaunting their willingness to go out in public and mix freely while others are claiming that the whole thing is a hoax designed to create a panic that will benefit certain constituencies.
There are press reports of teenagers going to supermarkets and faking a sneeze or a cough in the produce section to show their indifference to the infection avoidance guidelines now being promoted by the media and government.
Some critics have also commented regarding the deaths of hundreds of Italians daily, suggesting that in Italy¡¯s health care system old people were deliberately being allowed to die.
The fact is that when critically ill people die in hospitals it is sometimes attributable to triage. Triage arises when there are only limited resources to treat the sick, as in the case recently in the Italian Lombard city of Bergamo where hospitals were overwhelmed.
Doctors must make the decision to treat those who are ill who are likely to survive as a first priority, meaning that others will only receive limited treatment. Italy has roughly the same number of hospital beds as does the United States per capita and it has more ventilators capable of being used to treat the advanced stages of the virus.
It also is receiving assistance from both China and Russia on testing supplies and additional ventilators and masks. Italy has conducted far more coronavirus tests than has the U.S. The northern Italian medical services system was up to European standards, better than what prevails in the U.S., but it has been broken by the virus.
Spain is heading the same way and there are similar concerns about France.
In spite of all the ideologically driven background clutter, genuinely knowledgeable medical authorities come down overwhelmingly promoting the view that the virus is highly contagious and capable of spreading rapidly, making it a pandemic, and it can be exceptionally lethal to certain demographics, including the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
The way of combatting it also appears to be agreed upon by most genuine experts i.e. that testing must be widespread to determine who is infected and those individuals should be isolated from contact with others for at least two weeks to limit the spread of the contagion.
For those whose conditions worsen, hospitalization and treatment for possible respiratory failure are warranted.
The third big issue is the apparently deliberate failure of the Trump Administration to respond proactively to limit the spread of the virus. Seeking to protect the stock market more than the American public, President Donald Trump initially downplayed the impact of the virus, even calling it a ¡°hoax¡± during January and February when it first appeared on U.S. soil.
It turned out that several institutes affiliated to the Center for Disease Control to deal with epidemics had been dismantled by the Administration and, in spite of the warning provided by what was occurring in Wuhan, the U.S. made no effort to increase its supply of testing kits, masks or ventilators.
Meanwhile, congressmen were receiving dire warnings of what was coming from the intelligence community in private briefings, leading to a number of senators selling their stock in anticipation of a market collapse. That is something called insider trading and it is illegal. It is also a measure of the corruption of America¡¯s ruling class.
The fourth major subplot relates to what will come out of the pandemic once it is over, if it is indeed defeated at all. Critics rightly observe that the government response both at federal and state levels might well be a major overreaction to a health crisis that could possibly be dealt with using a lighter hand.
Donald Trump has now called himself a ¡°wartime president,¡± a particularly odd conceit in that America¡¯s chief executive officer dodged the Vietnam war draft. Trump is now providing daily rambling briefings emphasizing that his administration deserves a ¡°10 out or 10¡± for its yeoman¡¯s work against coronavirus.
The real story is that the president personally inhibited initial efforts to respond to the disease and he is now attempting to regain lost ground by supporting draconian measures to include cash payments to all American residents, even to people who do not need the money.
The money itself will have to be borrowed or printed, putting the United States even deeper in debt.
Based on his wartime status, the president and his cabinet are poised to exploit Civil War and Korean War legislation to assume powers over the economy and will likely arrange bailouts of some industries that will then acquire the government as a partner.
The now declared ¡°national emergency¡± will undoubtedly come to include some forms of martial law to enforce the isolation of targeted populations and it is also being reported that the Justice Department has asked Congress to allow judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during the ¡°emergency.¡±
As we have learned from the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act and the Authorization to Use Military Force, allegedly temporary powers acquired by the executive branch have frequently become permanent. Unrestrained power in the hands of a Trump or Biden should frighten anyone who is still interested in voting in November.
There is some speculation that Trump might well follow the example being set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Israel has banned foreign visitors, is under 24 hours curfew and is effectively in lockdown. It is using cell phone intercepts provided by the intelligence services to track the comings and goings of Israeli residents.
The monitoring is being justified as a mechanism to create a record of who is meeting whom and where to support isolation and lockdown efforts. A similar program is already active in the suburbs around Washington.
The National Security Agency (NSA) already has the technical ability in place that would permit monitoring of the movements of much of the U.S. population. It would be an intelligence community dream and would fit quite nicely with Congress¡¯s recent efforts to re-authorization certain Patriot Act aspects of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Fifth and finally, there is the politicization aspect of coronavirus. The virus is being ¡°blamed¡± on China, a global competitor of the United States. As is often the case, Trump has gotten the ball rolling through his usual verbal toxicity, calling the virus the Chinese Virus or Wuhan Virus. Other Republicans have picked up on the theme, leading to the inevitably Democratic progressive wing complaints that such language was ¡°racist.¡± The fact it, there is no evidence whatsoever that China in any deliberate way either created or unleashed the virus.
And, of course, there is Russia. It would almost seem an old joke that is no longer amusing to blame something new and menacing on Moscow and congress has so far largely refrained from doing so. But that does not mean that the Deep State establishment is holding the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin blameless.
The U.S. intelligence community, through its preferred propaganda sheet the New York Times, is now reporting that Russia is taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis to spread disinformation through Europe and also in the U.S.
In particular, Putin has escalated a campaign-by-innuendo to reduce confidence in the outcome of the upcoming 2020 presidential election. In any event, the Russians are too late as the Democratic and Republican parties¡¯ behavior has already convinced many Americans that voting in November will be a waste of time.
Rodong Sinmun Calls for Living and Struggling in Sprit of Mt Paektu
Pyongyang, March 16 (KCNA) -- The dynamic march toward the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is a manifestation of ardent wish and steadfast will of our people to break through head-on all the barriers and steadily carry on the lifeline of the Juche revolution with the revolutionary faith, fighting spirit and grit of the anti-Japanese forerunners, says Rodong Sinmun in an editorial Monday.
The editorial goes on:
The march toward the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is aimed to dynamically advance the revolutionary cause of Juche by deeply grasping and successfully carrying forward the revolutionary traditions of Mt Paektu.
At the present hard time, it is keenly necessary for us to hold the indomitable revolutionary faith, matchless guts and pluck of the anti-Japanese forerunners.
The hot wind of expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is a storm of training in a revolutionary way all our officials, Party members and other working people, service personnel and youth and students to be staunch fighters who will brave any adversity.
The truth of the revolution, the truth of worthwhile life to be grasped through the expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu associated with the idea of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, the revolutionary idea of our Party and the indomitable revolutionary will of the anti-Japanese forerunners will be the eternal treasures of life.
The hot wind of expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu is the one of creation to make everyone ceaselessly perform miracles and feats in the ongoing drive for building a powerful country.
Our dignity and glory, eternal victory and prosperity depend on living and struggling in the spirit of Mt Paektu. -0-
KCNA Commentary Warns of Japan's Move for Military Power
Pyongyang, February 11 (KCNA) -- Japan's military acts of wrecking the regional peace and stability are still going on.
On Feb. 9 it launched the latest spy satellite Optical 7 into space with the aim of intensifying the surveillance of "missile launching station" and other military facilities of the DPRK.
It came at a time when the world expresses great concern at the unstable situation pervading the Korean peninsula and the region. Such move is never tolerable.
This is a clear act of aggression against the DPRK and shows vividly that Japan has further intensified its move to turn itself into a military giant.
It is a known fact that the Japanese reactionaries designated the Korean peninsula as its first target in realizing its ambition for reinvasion.
The ultra-rightists of the island nation set the conquest of the peninsula as the primary goal in realizing the aged plan of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" which they didn't fulfill in the last century, and have long made military preparations for the plan.
And now Japan's "Self-Defense Forces" have grown to be an actual regular army with the same arms, services and commanding systems as the Imperial Japanese Army, and are second in attack capability only to the U.S. forces in the Western world.
In particular, space, a great asset common to humankind, has been turned into a military theatre of the war criminal state Japan, owing to its decades-long moves for the weaponization of outer space.
Japan has launched as many as over 100 satellites till now since its first one in February 1970, and has 7 spy satellites which it operates openly advertising as the ones for collecting information about the DPRK.
The then Minister of Defence Iwaya said at a news conference on May 14 last year that Japan established multilayer system using not only the information collection satellites of the government but also commercial satellites to strengthen the surveillance on the DPRK. This fact proves that Japan's spying acts against the DPRK have, in reality, been conducted more frantically under the mobilization of an extremely great number of satellites.
Moreover, a "space operation corps" which is planned to be newly organized by the politicians of the island country, also omens more dangerous attack on the DPRK in the outer space and this, therefore, highlights the danger of Japan rushing headlong into militarism.
What matters is that the armed forces of the SDF which the island country is extremely expanding under the pretext of "threats from north Korea" do not aim at only the DPRK.
Undisguised hostility toward neighboring countries, territorial ambition and the moves of SDF that started its activities in the global scale go to clearly prove that the island nation's reinvasion against Korea can develop into the one against the entire region in a moment.
The same is the case for the spy satellite recently launched by the Japanese reactionaries.
A Chinese expert in an article contributed to a Chinese media said that Japan has persistently pulled up the DPRK as evidenced by the military moves including the launch of spy satellite, noting that no one should be taken in by this.
The article continued that in many cases, it is no more than a trick and a pretext for Japan to take the road of turning itself into a major military power. In fact, Japan's spy satellite also has neighboring countries of the DPRK as the targets of priority surveillance, to say nothing of the DPRK. This is as clear as noonday, the article added.
Japan's arms buildup is an act of aggression against the DPRK and a move to seize the hegemony in the region for the purpose of becoming the "leader of Asia".
Sharp vigilance should be kept against Japan's military action going against the desire of mankind for peace and security. -0-
Japan's Crime-woven Past Can Never Be Covered: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, January 8 (KCNA) -- Evidence and data laying bare the crime of sexual slavery committed by Japan have been brought to light one after another.
At the end of last year, a hall storing data on wartime women and peace in Sinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis of Japan updated and posted on its website a map recording the places where the Imperial Japanese Army kept women sexual slaves, 10 years after its opening to the public. The map, made on the basis of official documents found in different countries, records thousands of data on 23 countries or regions.
A Japanese university professor said that there exist data gained through investigation into specific countries and regions, but the recent map is of great significance as it carries collected and pigeonholed data on "comfort stations" across the Asia-Pacific region occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army, adding that it will serve as a database for investigating the issue of sexual slavery.
This shows that the crime of sexual slavery committed by the Japanese imperialists is a historical fact that can never be covered up and the truth behind the crime is being made clearer with the passage of time.
As well known, the Japanese imperialists, prompted by a wild dream to become "the leader of Asia", unleashed a war of aggression in the last century and committed the crime of sexual slavery, an unprecedented hideous crime against humanity that was enforced in an organized and systematic way by the government and the military.
The Japanese imperialists took women of many Asian countries like Korea, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia and even European women to battle fields to satisfy the carnal desire of the extremely corrupt "imperial army", thereby brutally trampling down the dignity and rights of the women.
Regarding Korea as a main base for supplying sexual slaves, in particular, Japan kidnapped or abducted a total of 200 000 Korean women, including married women and even 11 year-old girls, to make them subject to all sorts of disgrace, and massacred them without hesitation to destroy evidence.
But the Japanese reactionaries shamelessly repudiate the crime-woven history that has become irrefutable by testimonies made by survivors, confessions made by those involved in the crime and continuous discovery of documentary evidence.
They, not content with insulting victims of sexual slavery with such expressions as "prostitutes" and "voluntary services for money," specified in a "diplomatic blue book" that the phrase "sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army" should not be used.
Japan's political swindle such as denial and justification of the crime-woven history of aggression is designed to flee from the legal and moral obligation i.e. the atonement for the past, and lay the foundation of militarism for the realization of the outdated old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere".
But it is a foolish dream.
The Japanese reactionaries' denial of the past crimes will only boost the world's vigilance over and hatred for Japan, a criminal state.
The Japanese authorities should choose a correct way before it is too late, mindful that their shameless act will never bring them the confidence of the world people but lead the archipelagoes to miserable ruin.
A priority task for them is the liquidation of the past crimes. -0-