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KCNA Commentary on Japan's "Submarine-Hunter"

Pyongyang, March 24 (KCNA) -- The newly-built latest guard ship of Japan has recently been in the spotlight of the world media.
A Canadian radio on Mar. 16 said that Japan launched the first highly functional submarine-hunter in nearly 30 years, and referred to Tokyo's concern over the Chinese submarines now in operation in the waters near Japan proper.
The Mar. 11th issue of paper of Hong Kong, China "South China Morning Post", elaborating on the news, quoted a professor at a Japanese university as saying that the "principal targets of Japan are China and north Korea, and China poses a more serious potential threat to Japan".

The guard ship is a latest warship capable of sensing and digitizing the noise from propeller vane of subs hundreds of kilometers away and confirming even the type of sub and its nationality. So the specialists call it "submarine-hunter" and "special spy ship".
The warship deserves attention of regional countries for its emergence as a new lever in carrying out naval and underwater operations in the Pacific.

Japan possessing the greatest naval forces in the Asia-Pacific region second to the U.S. is still putting spurs to strengthening the naval supremacy under the pretext of threats from neighboring countries.
Since 2018, Japan has pushed forward with the building of 22 new escort ships whose main mission is to guard and monitor in the East China Sea. The archipelago country will reportedly set out to build a patrol craft from this year so as to set up complete system for observing the East China Sea by the 2030s.

All the facts show that the military operations of Japan's naval forces are obviously focused on the area west of the archipelago.
The supposition that Japan will offer the data gathered by the "submarine-hunter" to the seabed observation network set up by the U.S. and the ship will be deployed in the base near the waters in dispute with China further touches off the greater concern of the regional community.

The "theory on potential threat from China" heard quite often from Japan, in the wake of the "story of threat from north Korea," now comes to be an oft-repeated pretext for building up its military forces.
The reality points to the absurdity and duplicity of Japan trumpeting about the "new era and new development of Japan-China relations." -0-


Japan Can Never Cover Up Its Militarist Ambition with Any Cunning Trick: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 18 (KCNA) -- The Japan air "Self-Defense Force" conducted a drill of deploying "patriot" interceptor missile system in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture on March 5 and opened it to the press.
The Japanese reactionaries galvanize public opinion with the allegation that the drill is "a part of drills going on in different parts of Japan to cope with contingencies including north Korea's launch of ballistic missiles".

Their ever-mounting military hysteria is a reckless move to realize their long-cherished militarist ambition at any cost.
It is none other than Japan and other hostile forces which are chiefly to blame for such dangerous moves as bringing dark clouds of instability to Northeast Asia and the rest of the world.

In January, Tokyo Shimbun said that in the wake of the Abe cabinet's decision approving the "exercise of the right to collective self-defense", the "Self-Defense Forces" have been reduced to an "army" capable of fighting abroad together with the U.S. after having military hardware like long-range cruise missiles and a de facto aircraft carrier beyond the "minimum requirements" allowed by the Constitution and, as a result, the risk of Japan's involvement in U.S.-related conflicts surely increased.

Nevertheless, the Japanese authorities go so shameless as to fault others, turning their face from their moves for a military giant and overseas dispatch of the SDF which bring danger to peace and security in the region and the rest of the world.

Japan has persistently branded the DPRK's self-defensive act as "threat to peace and security of Japan and the region" and as a serious task facing the whole of the international community", which is no more than a crafty trick to divert elsewhere the accusations and vigilance of the international community against it.

Referring to the fact that Japan always finds fault with the DPRK to justify its every military move, a Chinese expert said that in many cases, Japan's allegation is nothing but a trick for make-believe and an excuse for a military giant.
With any trick, the Japanese reactionaries can never cover up their militarist ambition to emerge as the old colonial suzerain state again through invasion and war.

The international community will never allow the revival of the war criminal state, which destroyed global peace and security and inflicted huge catastrophe on mankind in the last century, as a blood-thirsty "leader of Asia".
The Japanese reactionaries had better keep in mind the Japanese experts' warning that if they fail to drop their militarist ambition, Japan will remain an eternal defeated nation. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Clear Evidence for Japan's Aggressive Nature

Pyongyang, February 12 (KCNA) -- Japan has reached the zenith in its territorial ambition.
Recently, the Japanese reactionaries rebuilt the "territorial sovereignty exhibition", housing data justifying their territorial ambition including those related to Tok Islets, in other area to be 7 times bigger than the previous exhibition.

After its opening, the minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories said that the exhibits clearly show the historical and lawful trends concerning the dominium and prove with decency Takeshima (Tok Islets) was the proper territory of Japan, adding that discontented countries had better come and see for themselves.
This clearly testifies to the Japanese reactionaries' frenzy for territory getting all the more persistent and stronger despite denunciation and warning by the world.

Tok Islets are part of the inviolable territory of the Korean nation.
Historical documents like Chronicles of Three Kingdoms and History of Koryo and even prestigious maps of Japan clearly prove that the dominium over Tok Islets belongs to the Korean nation.
It is clear that the "data" and exhibits in the exhibition, which angle the historical truth, are peppered with absurd and unreasonable content.

A typical example is a stuffed Steller's sea lion on display in the "Takeshima hall".
With an explanation that it is a stuffed specimen of a sea lion which lived in the waters off Tok Islets in around 1930, the Japanese territorial expansionists claim that Tok Islets surely belong to Japan in the light of the fact that the Japanese hunted sea lions in the said waters from early in the 1600s, early days of the Edo Shogunate.

It is shocking that they are so foolish and impudent enough to abuse even data about plunder and loot of other country's resources for covering up its sinister intention.
It is a lesson taught by history that political and diplomatic conflicts and contradiction among countries over territorial problem beget disputes and they lead to war.

The ultra-right forces of Japan are trying hard to cause a military conflict through the brigandish assertion on "dominium" over Tok Islets and the waters around the islets, and launch reinvasion with it as an opportunity.
The "territorial sovereignty exhibition" was refurbished for the purpose of training a shock brigade for launching reinvasion.
The Japanese reactionaries' ambition to seize Tok Islets can never come true.
The exhibition in the island country will be historical evidence indicating the aggressive nature of the Japanese reactionaries. -0-
Rodong Sinmun on Basic Idea, Basic Spirit, of 5th Plenary Meeting of 7th Central Committee of WPK

Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun on Saturday says in an article that the basic idea, the basic spirit, of the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) is to conduct the offensive for a breakthrough head-on, not to wait for the situation to turn better.
In other words, we should never dream that the U.S. and other hostile forces would leave us to live in peace, but make a breakthrough head-on on the strength of self-reliance to tide over the difficulties lying in the way of advance of our socialist construction, it stresses.

The article says that the basic idea, the basic spirit, of the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the WPK reflects the truth and lessons of history that illusions about the enemy and peace and the lingering expectation for the lift of sanctions are a taboo and embodies the iron truth of the revolution that only offensive on one's own initiative, not the passive defense, can turn adversity into favorable situation.

It also reflects the requirement to strengthen our internal strength in all aspects and overcome difficulties with the might of self-reliance, the article says, and goes on:
As a leopard cannot change its spots, the aggressive nature of imperialism can never change.
So is the U.S. behavior today.

The real intention of the U.S. is to seek its own political and diplomatic interests while wasting time away under the signboard of dialogue and negotiations and at the same time keep sanctions so as to gradually reduce our strength.
The reality shows that now that the ambition of the enemy to stifle our system remains unchanged, it is foolish to dream of the ease of situation and the lift of sanctions.

The plenary meeting took accurate and audacious measures on the basis of a cool-headed judgment of the prevailing external situation.
The plenary meeting reflects the firm will of our Party to eliminate all the challenges and barriers to our advance with another dynamic offensive and hasten the victory of a drive for building a powerful socialist country.

Every field and unit should break through head-on all the barriers to our advance, holding aloft the slogan of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Herein lies the way to glorify this significant year marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Party as the one noteworthy in the history of building our Party and a powerful state of independence. -0-


KCNA Issues Detailed Report on Construction of Township of Samjiyon County

Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a detailed report on December 2 on noble loyalty and immortal feats of the Korean people as regards the fact that the second-stage project for remodeling Samjiyon County has been successfully completed, turning the township of the county into an ideal town for the people.

The detailed report said:
The second-stage project for remodeling Samjiyon County has been successfully completed thanks to the Party's grand conception of construction and wise guidance and the revolutionary spirit of single-minded unity of the Korean people and their heroic struggle of self-reliance.

Builders preserved the nationality, modernity and the specific feature of the northern tableland in the formation of the township division and construction and opened a new phase of practicality, diversity and the formative art by fully applying the Juche-based architectural aesthetic idea to the overall project.
Thus they built the Township of Samjiyon County into an example of a mountainous modern town, an epitome of modern civilization and created a model of successfully realizing the Party's idea of local construction.

The dramatic change witnessed in Samjiyon is a brilliant fruition of the Party's noble moral obligation and love for the people and a precious mental treasure born of the tremendous might of the single-mined unity and the spirit of self-reliance displayed by all the people of the DPRK who are creating socialist civilization to be proud of in the world with their own efforts and in their own way following the Party.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, who regarded it as one of due obligations and revolutionary duties of soldiers and disciples of Chairman Kim Jong Il to better his native county as befits the sacred place of the revolution, unfolded the far-reaching plan for sprucing up Samjiyon County when he visited it in November, Juche 102 (2013).

The field-guidance to the county given by Kim Jong Un in December 2017 despite the bitter cold of winter served as a historic milestone in bringing about a great turn in the construction of the county and creating the standard and example of local construction.

Kim Jong Un paid special attention to every part of the blueprint of the county, setting out the issue of forming a modern street with a main road in front of Kim Jong Il's statue as the central axis, the issue of clearly dividing blocks of education, dwelling houses and local industry, the issue of adapting the buildings to their uses and avoiding similarity and replica while preserving the features of the mountainous county, and so on.

The mock-up personally watched by Kim Jong Un numbered more than 8 800.
So huge is the devotion and dedication made by him to lead the construction as the designer, key builder and key operator of the project. In 2018 alone he visited the construction site three times despite rainy muddy road, mid-summer heat and mid-winter blizzards.

New records were created ranging from the overall city layout to details of each structure, road facilities, visual agitation means including slogans and watchwords and electric light decoration. The greenery of the area was realized on a high level to suit the mountainous county in the Paektu area. This is the characteristics of the new look of the county.

The shock brigade members of the 216 Division and the officers and men of the Korean People's Army, in hearty response to the appeal of the Party, turned out in the all-out charge to spruce up the Township of Samjiyon County.

The project that required the construction of several-storey and multiple-storey apartment buildings for more than 4 000 families and over 380 blocks of public and industrial buildings in hundreds of hectares was gigantic creation drive tantamount to building a city.

In just little over ten days, nearly 200 blocks of old buildings were removed and in tens of days, excavation for infrastructure projects was finished and from March 2018, the project for laying the groundwork for the apartment buildings and public structures went into a full swing.

Great innovation drive pervaded all the construction sites in Paektu area.
Self-built building materials production bases began to profusely pay off as there displayed the same spirit of self-reliance as was displayed in the forests of Mt Paektu.

The movement of creating mass technical innovation swept across the Paektu area.
Hundreds of technical innovations were invented and introduced when taking the Division as a whole, more than doubling the speed of construction thanks to the exceptional zeal shown by the builders.

The radical change brought about in the Township of Samjiyon County is the brilliant result of the noble world of the loyalty of our people.
The dedication of the people across the country to the sacred land of the great sun found its non-stop flow to the Paektu area.

The strong desire and wish of the people to defend and glorify Samjiyon County which they regard as their own native places led to the increased production and transport and nationwide assistance.
Thanks to the pure and clear loyalty displayed by the people, Samjiyon County towered as the excellent standard and ideal model of a mountainous city second to none in the world.

The signal reality presented in the Township of Samjiyon County eloquently proves how noble and beautiful the goal of building a powerful socialist country of the Korean people, who are advancing along the straight road chosen by themselves without any vacillation despite the worst trials, is and how fast the struggle for realizing it is being advanced. -0-


Hostility and Confrontation Will Bring Ruin and Disaster: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 19 (KCNA) -- The Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" recently staged at a park in Aichi Prefecture a drill for deploying a Patriot interceptor missile system before the eyes of the press.
Similar drills were staged in the middle of Tokyo and in the compound of the Defense Ministry under the pretext of "coping with a missile threat" from someone in October.

The ever-mounting reckless moves of the Japanese reactionaries are a clear manifestation of their unchanged hostile policy towards the DPRK and an intolerable provocation to it.
Such hostility toward the DPRK and the chauvinist trend in Japan are not the ones that happened recently.

Japan is the sworn enemy of the Korean people, which has lived on massacre, war and aggression, inflicting untold misfortune and pain upon them generation after generation.
Notably in the last century, the Japanese imperialists' long illegal occupation of Korea and brutal colonial rule over it imposed huge manpower, material, mental and moral loss upon the Korean nation. Such damage still lingers.

Japan, which still stands in the dock of the court of history, due to its hideous crimes against the Korean people and other Asian peoples, talks about "threat", far from making an apology and reparation to the victims. This is, indeed, the height of impudence.

Antagonism towards the DPRK that grows stronger in Japan at the sensitive time brings to light the sinister intention of the Abe regime to push the situation of the Korean peninsula and the region to a catastrophe and continue to seek "benefits" from the troubled waters in the era of showdown.
The Japanese reactionaries are trying to divert the world's vigilance away from them, claiming that "north Korea's missile launch is a threat to regional peace and security" and "provocation to the international community."

Against this backdrop, they are keen on arms buildup and military drills for reinvasion of Korea.
The reality clearly proves that Japan remains unchanged in its hostile policy towards the DPRK.
Japan has harbored hatred towards the international community that meted out a severe punishment on it since its defeat. So, it has speeded up its preparations for reinvasion out of its revanchist idea in a systematical and comprehensive manner.

It fixed the DPRK as its first target for doing so and has been crazy about military preparations. Such foolhardy moves only give rise to bitterer indignation of the Korean people.
Hostility and confrontation will bring destruction and disaster only.
Japan's desperate provocation to the DPRK will only hasten the day of the second defeat of the lonely island country. -0-


World Should Keep Strict Watch on Japan, War State: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 12 (KCNA) -- Japan goes on the rampage threatening peace and security of the region.
On Oct. 24, Japan Maritime "Self-Defense Force" (SDF) staged a frantic military drill in the waters of the East Sea of Korea, supported by B-52s and KC-135Rs of the U.S. air force, and ground SDF's over 180 tanks fired shells for a week at Hokkaido, inciting war atmosphere,.

This is a clear expression of the ambition for a military giant and overseas expansion.
Military actions for defending peace and territory belong to the legitimate right of every country, which no one is allowed to call in question.

Japan is the exception in that case.
Japan is a country labeled as an enemy state under the Article 53 of Chapter 8 of the UN Charter.
Worse still, the island country is likely to repeat its past crimes as it has still refused to admit them and take legal and moral responsibility for apology and reparation for them.

Having longed to see the imperial era again in which it plunged several Asia-Pacific countries and peoples into misery, Japan is stoking militarism and rushing headlong for a military giant and overseas expansion. All these facts increase displeasure with and vigilance over Japan.

The Japanese reactionaries are turning the Japanese society to the Right and stepping up militarization of the country at fast tempo through the persistent distortion of history such as describing the past horrible crimes of aggression as a "liberation war" and an "advance" which spelt "civilization" and "prosperity" to other countries. They put the SDF on the level next to the U.S. armed forces in the West and expanded the sphere of its activities to the whole world through the massive arms buildup and enactment of war laws, far from the principle of "exclusive defense".

In particular, they justify their rash military acts by describing the DPRK, China and Russia as the countries which pose threat to Japan. This clearly shows that Japan is trying to outstrip the neighboring countries and become the "leader of the East". It can be well evidenced by the fact that strategic bombers made flights near the South Sea of China as part of the recent joint drill with the U.S. and a large-scale tank group of the ground SDF staged shooting drill in the region close to the southern Kurils of Russia.

Japan is, indeed, not a pacifist country but a dangerous war state.
Every military move of Japan and its trumpeting about "peace" are aimed at aggression and danger of war in the region is being increased by the island country with each passing day.

Japan's reinvasion of the continent will bring mankind a catastrophe incomparable to that in the past.
The international community should never remain a passive onlooker to Japan's reckless moves for a military giant and overseas expansion. -0-


KCNA Commentary Sneers at Military Farce in Tokyo

Pyongyang, October 23 (KCNA) -- A ground-based Patriot MD system was deployed for drill by the Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" in the middle of Tokyo to receive media coverage on Oct. 9.
A person concerned said that the drill was aimed to "help the public relieve unease at repeated missile launches of north Korea."

Curious is how much "relieving effect" such drill gave to the Japanese as dozens of SDF soldiers were crying and running helter-skelter for combat preparations in a park for citizens' leisure, bringing launchers and radar and laying electric wire.
There is no denying that such an open drill outside a military facility, something very exceptional, is quite effective in stirring up public opinion about "severe security circumstances" in Japan.

Being displeased with the trend toward peace that hit the region, which it thinks would not be favorable for realizing its wild ambition for militarism, Japan has worked hard to destroy it, enduring even "alienation."
The point, however, is the open sinister goal of the Japanese reactionaries to utterly wreck the regional situation given the present stalemate in dialogue.
To this end, they put up the card of "dispelling security unease."

Japan, which has so much bragged about its strong military muscle, suddenly asserts that it "failed to track missiles from north Korea." It is to magnify public uneasiness at home and incite "security crisis" in the region.

Commenting on that assertion, a Chinese missile expert said that what should be cautious of is the fact that Japanese media might have fabricated a story about the failure in tracking of missiles of the DPRK. The expert added that its final goal is to help the Abe regime secure a pretext for constitutional revision and up its game for building a military giant and overseas expansion.

It is just an analysis that the Japanese regime's frequent rhetoric about "relief from unease at security crisis" is designed to create an atmosphere for carrying out its political stratagem.
In fact, the Japanese Ministry of Defense deployed Patriot MD system again in a site controlled by it. In the final analysis, the said drill of moving and deploying Patriot interception system was nothing to do with securing of stability and dispelling of unease. On the contrary, Japan is destroying peace.
Its 2019 Defense White Paper labeled neighboring countries such as China and Russia as countries posing threats and its 2020 defense budget hit an all-time high. It even plans to deploy trouble-making Aegis Ashore.

All facts go to clearly prove its true colors as a harasser of peace in the region.
The Japanese reactionaries should deeply consider whether their poor trick may work before accusing others. -0-


KCNA Commentary on South Korean Conservatives' Farce for Seizing Power

Pyongyang, September 25 (KCNA) -- The conservative group of south Korea, obsessed with a wild ambition for power, has recently revealed its black-hearted intention over the issue of the prosecution reform in south Korea.

The Minju Party and other democratic reformist forces fully support the authorities' appointment of new minister of Justice and call for a further intensified struggle for eradicating deep-seated evils and reform of power organs.
Much upset by it, the coteries of the "Liberal Korea Party" held an emergency meeting, in which they talked much about "intention to do harm to the public", "death of legalism" and "disappearance of common sense and justice." They agitate the like-minded conservatives, talking about "one million people's torch action."

After a team for accelerating the reform of the prosecution was formed, they began desperately opposing the prosecution reform, saying "the prosecution reform just means killing the prosecution" and "the prosecution should have courage to remain independent from the power."
Such behavior of the conservative group messing the south Korean political situation is just a desperate effort to check eradicating deep-seated evils and lay a springboard for seizing power at any cost.

The conservative group of traitors mercilessly trampled down justice, equality, legalism and democracy of the south Korean society, engrossed in corruption and irregularities and immoral conducts when they took power through illegal coups and swindles.
It is just the south Korean prosecution that shielded such unpopular politics of the fascist dictatorial regimes by invoking power and viciously suppressed the struggle of the democratic reformist forces for independence, democracy and reunification.

The forcible dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party, a legitimate political party, outlawing of the Teachers' Union and shutdown of Jaju Minbo, a progressive newspaper, during the Park Geun Hye regime period clearly showed the true colors of the prosecution which turned into a servant and watchdog for the conservative group.
The group of hideous traitors, which should have disappeared from the political arena as it was sternly punished by history, got buoyed up again and has gone so shameless as to talk about "torch". This is just an insult to and mockery of the public.

It is not hard to guess what the conservative group seeks.
It calculates that it can check the south Korean people's struggle for rooting out deep-seated evils and realize its cherished ambition for taking power again, only when it keeps preserving and controlling the prosecution which has played the role of its servant.
If the drive for judicial reform and eradication of deep-seated evils is not accelerated boldly in south Korea, the south Korean people will lose their hard-won gains of the candlelight revolution and the past when evils prevailed will repeat.

That's why south Koreans call for "staging a candlelight action again to realize the prosecution reform", asserting "prosecution reform is just the completion of deep-seated evil eradication." They have turned out in a struggle against the conservative group that disturbs social progress and democratic reform.
The conservative group of traitors dreaming of taking power again should be aware that the prosecution reform is the demand of the candlelight demonstrators aspiring after justice and democracy.
Desperate moves of the evil forces will be frustrated by the united struggle of the south Korean people. -0-


KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Settle Its Past Crimes

Pyongyang, September 3 (KCNA) -- Demand for Japan's settlement of its past has become more vocal in the international community. Such voice is now heard even in the U.S.
Some time ago, Brad Sherman, member of the House of Representatives, said at a talkfest that Japan should make a thorough acknowledgement, reflection and apology for its past war crimes.

A professor of George Washington University in an article for the Washington Post criticized Japan for its dishonest reflection on the past.
This shows the pressing need for Japan to settle its past and proves that everyone gets angry at Japan desperately and impudently denying its crimes of aggression.

Countries which committed crimes during wars including the Second World War made or are still making sincere apologies and reparations to the victimized countries, victims and the bereaved families for those crimes in conformity with the UN Charter and demand of the international community.

Shortly ago, the German president during his visit to Italy honored the memory of those killed by the SS units of the Nazis and requested for the apology and forgiveness of war crimes by Germany, confirming that German's responsibility for the crimes would never come to an end.

Contrary to this, Japan, a criminal state, impudently approaches its past.
Japan is such an impudent criminal state which has not yet admitted its war crimes more than seventy years since the end of the Second World War, to say nothing of apology, reflection and reparation for them.

Without any guilty conscience it is working hard to embellish and justify the blood-stained history and repeat it.
Japanese politicians made a group visit to the Yasukuni Shrine to pay homage to the war criminals in April and with the anniversary of its defeat as an occasion this year.

It is not accidental that the international community is deeply concerned about the behavior of the island nation including its persistent moves to retrogressively revise the constitution and boost the military muscle, its active efforts to make the "Self-Defense Forces" advance into foreign countries, its vicious economic retaliation and the farce to pull down the statue of a girl sexual slave for the Imperial Japanese Army.

As unanimously viewed by the international community, Japan is drastically veering to the right and its moves to distort history and revive militarism are getting undisguised with each passing day.
Japan persistently dodges an apology, reflection and reparation for its heinous crimes against the Korean nation and Asian people. This is the manifestation of its ambition to realize the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and become the "leader of the East" by repeating its history of aggression.

Japan is a country which drank a bitter cup of defeat after it challenged justice and human conscience in the last century.
It should immediately come out to liquidate its past crimes, squarely facing up to the trend of the times, if it does not want to see its disgraceful past repeating.

The past of Japan can, by no means, be forgotten or fade away.
The DPRK will certainly settle accounts with Japan for its past crimes. -0-


Exclusion of Korean Children from Free Education System Is Serious Political Issue: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) -- Japan's mean nature has been revealed in the world's eyes once again.
It is going to exclude the facilities for upbringing children of foreign schools including the schools of Koreans in Japan from the system of free infant education and upbringing that was introduced in May.
This intolerable act of national discrimination is an unprecedented fascist one aimed to stamp out the national identity of the Koreans in Japan.

It is a widely known fact that the Japanese reactionaries have long maneuvered in a mean way by stopping the disbursement of educational aid funds and excluding Korean high schools from the system of free education for high school students with a purpose to stamp out national education, lifeline of the movement of Koreans in Japan.

But it is the first time they have stretched the dark tentacles even to innocent kindergarten children.
Due to such vicious moves of the Japanese politicians, parents of children attending Korean schools are only left to face extremely unfair and heavy financial burdens of paying more consumption tax only to be excluded from the "free infant education and upbringing" that relies on the tax.

This is a revelation of the sordid intention to pressure the economic life of Koreans in Japan on purpose, undermine the national education of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and, furthermore, take Koreans in Japan away from the homeland and Chongryon.

The national education of Koreans in Japan is an inviolable national right as it is quite just in view of the historical background of the Koreans in Japan and the universally acknowledged principle on the education of overseas citizens.

The international convention on abolishing all forms of racial discrimination adopted in UN in 1965 also termed any forms of discrimination, rejection and restriction on the excuses of family line and nationality racial discrimination, and branded organizations encouraging such acts and those affiliated to it as international criminals.

The Japanese reactionaries are a group of morally depraved and lawless ruffians who do not bother to trample elementary humanitarianism and humanity in order to meet their dirty political purpose.

The issue of excluding Korean children from the system of free education and upbringing is an issue related to the stand and attitude toward overseas citizens of sovereign states and, furthermore, a serious political issue related to the attitude of the Japanese authorities to the DPRK, before a simple financial issue of giving monetary support to the parents of Korean children.
The criminal state Japan calls for dialogue in front but behind the scene, it grinds its teeth to do harm to the DPRK and Chongryon. This is Japan's true nature.

The Korean people and the international community now hardly repress the towering grudge at the Japanese authorities following in the footsteps of the brigandish Japanese imperialists who committed the unethical crimes of ruthlessly encroaching upon the right to existence and the right to development of Koreans in Japan, to say nothing of their inviolable right to national education during the colonial fascist rule over Korea in the last century.
The Japanese reactionaries must ponder over the catastrophic consequences from their dirty anti-DPRK and anti-Chongryon moves, and stop the reckless farce. -0-


Agreement for War Must Be Repealed: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 31 (KCNA) -- Demands for the abrogation of the south Korea-Japan agreement on protecting military intelligence have become increasingly vocal among various circles of south Korea.

After the south Korean "government" announced the reexamination of the agreement, political parties calling for democratic reforms welcomed it and the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and other progressive organizations expressed their support for it, saying that the product of the Cold War era should be abrogated.

This is an expression of anger towards and resistance to the Japanese reactionaries who add sin to the crimes Japan committed against the Korean nation in the past century, far from reflecting on them.

The said agreement is an extremely dangerous agreement for war which poses a grave threat to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region, as it was cooked up by Japan in conspiracy with the Park Geun Hye group in a bid to draw south Korea into its moves for reinvasion.

The conclusion of the agreement made it possible for the Japanese reactionaries to get various military intelligence, broader "military intelligence about the north" in particular, from south Korea on the "principle of mutual reciprocity".

The Japanese reactionaries are seeking a chance to reinvade Korea, the first target for their overseas aggression to realize the old dream of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere". Therefore, it is not difficult to estimate for what the Japanese reactionaries will use the "military intelligence about the north".
Japan's crazy moves for constitutional revision, arms buildup and moves for overseas expansion while loudly talking about "threat from north Korea" in recent years are all unthinkable without the effectuation of the agreement.

While taking retaliatory measures against the south Korean court's verdict forcing Japanese war criminal businesses to compensate south Korean victims of forced labor, Japan is calling for renewal of the agreement under the pretext of "cooperation in security". This is a revelation of their sinister intention to seek after their political and military profits, irrespective of worsening south Korea-Japan relationship.

The agreement is just a risky one representing the wild ambition of the politicians of the island country to occupy the Korean peninsula and furthermore put the whole region under control.
The point is that the agreement would plunge south Korea into serious danger of destruction.

As known, Japan does not hesitate in committing acts irritating south Korea over several issues like atonement for the past crimes.
It is just a suicidal act to offer information to those who are so impudent as to openly embellish the crime-woven history cursed by everyone and try to cover it up with a petty amount of money and to those who make no scruple of imposing restrictions on export to strangle other's economy.

All facts go to prove that the south Korea-Japan agreement on protecting military intelligence is utterly harmful to the Korean nation and other peoples in the region.
The war-inciting, peace-destroying agreement should be scrapped immediately. -0-


KCNA Commentary Hits Japan for Its Unreasonable Restrictions on Exports to South Korea

Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) -- Amid the ever mounting anti-Japanese sentiment in south Korea over the restrictions on exports to south Korea, the chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan said on July 16 that the restrictions were not a retaliatory measure but they were taken for "appropriate control of exports aimed at security".

His remarks are no more than vague explanation made by the guy who was upset by bitter public protest against issues like "suspicions of south Korea's exports of strategic materials to north Korea", all of which Japan described as pretexts for the restrictions after the south Korean court decisions ordering Japanese companies to compensate victims of forced labor during Japan's colonial rule.

Question is, just how the Japanese authorities explained, why they chose the present juncture for the restrictions on exports to south Korea.
Externally Japan finds itself isolated in the international arena, marginalized by the trend of peace in the Korean peninsula and the region, and faces an important political event, that is, the election of the House of Councilors at home.

It can be said that now is a crucial political moment for the Japanese politicians.
The Japanese reactionaries versed in drawing water to their mill at the sacrifice of others try to sacrifice south Korea, which they consider as an entity easy to deal with in the region, in a bid to get rid of their crisis at home and abroad.
And they are trying to destroy the trend of peace on the Korean Peninsula by putting pressure upon south Korea through the restrictions in a bid to create a political atmosphere favorable for realizing their wild militaristic ambition.

Furthermore, they seek to attain a medium- and long-term goal to deal a blow at the south Korean economy, arouse dissatisfaction at the authorities among south Koreans and thus help the south Korean pro-Japanese traitors, who were driven into a tight corner, come back to power.

On the other hand, they have carefully calculated to make their master undesirous of the aggravated south Korea-Japan ties consider the interests of Japan marginalized over the issue of the Korean peninsula.
They also seek to give a positive impact on the unity of and support for the rightwing forces at home through tightened restrictions on exports to south Korea so as to hold elections of the House of Councilors without difficulties and realize their long-desired aims including the revision of the Constitution.

Doing so will suffice Japan's political and diplomatic interests to help it make up for the loss from the deteriorating south Korea-Japan relations.
South Korean media and civic and public organizations stage a courageous struggle to lay bare the shameless sinister aim of Japan and protest against the unreasonable retaliatory economic measures.

This is the eruption of towering hatred and anger of the south Koreans towards the Japanese reactionaries attempting to wreck the hard-won peace in the Korean peninsula and the region by realizing their sinister political ambition at the sacrifice of south Korea.
All the fellow countrymen should take this opportunity to properly show the sworn enemy the strong spirit and mettle of the Korean people who love justice and never tolerate injustice. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Japan's Anti-DPRK Campaign

Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- There is an unprecedented atmosphere of reconciliation and peace in the Korean Peninsula and the region, but Japan is still crying out for ratcheting up the sanctions and pressure on the DPRK.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe on June 28 appealed to some state leaders participating in the G20 summit held in Osaka to thoroughly implement "the sanctions resolution" against the DPRK, blocking the trend of de-escalation of the situation in the region.

But soon after he talked such nonsense, the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. suddenly met at Panmunjom, which struck the world with wonder. As a result, all his efforts to seek sanctions and pressure on the DPRK were in vain; and he has become the laughing stock of the international community.
He is a really short-sighted stupid.

The more favorably the situation on the Korean Peninsula develops, the more unfavorably Japan is isolated. It is the stark reality.
It is the inevitable consequence of the foolish act of Japan to persistently enforce the hostile policy towards the DPRK, quite indifferent to the trend of the times.

Japan does not dare take part in the diplomacy among top leaders now lively underway with the DPRK in the center, but only implores others to make its existence being reminded. This deplorable plight further reveals the incompetence of the politically dull island country devoid of the ability to judge the situation.

The Tokyo Shimbun said on July 2 that Japan is the only country in the neighboring countries whose leader has failed to meet Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, adding that Abe's diplomacy was put outside the mosquito net again.
Notwithstanding, Japanese Foreign Minister Kono expressed the will to push ahead with the sanctions again shortly after the historic DPRK-U.S. summit at Panmunjom.

Japan is a political dwarf failing to see the trend of the times and its status.
Under the present situation and the regional structure, Japan can do nothing and there is no place for the wrecker of the regional peace.
Japan had better behave properly, well aware that it is a lonely sentry of the useless "sanctions resolution" against the DPRK. -0-


KCNA Commentary Rebukes Japan's Attachment to "Flag of Rising Sun Shedding Rays"

Pyongyang, June 12 (KCNA) -- Japan has now become more undisguised in its militarist ambition.
Recently the Japan Foreign Ministry posted the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" on its homepage with Japanese and English description reading "traditional symbol of Japanese government".

The sheer sophism that the flag design has long been used in Japan and has been widely accepted by the international community points to the dark-hearted intention of Japan.
The issue of hoisting "the flag of rising sun shedding rays" has touched off serious rebuff in the world. It is utterly brazen-faced for Japan to advocate the flag of the past war criminal state at this time.

Japan is fluttering the flag of the war criminal state and describing it as the "traditional symbol" though it is rejected as the symbol of militarism and aggression, a vivid expression of the ambition of territorial expansion of the islanders to realize at any cost the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" which went bust in the past.

The ceaseless provocation from Japan with "the flag of rising sun shedding rays" is aimed to clam down the resentment of the international community against the blood-stained flag of the war criminal state and justify the past aggression.

The Abe group tries hard to beautify the blood-stained flag but it can never conceal its true nature stained with aggression, plunder and man-slaughter.
The "flag of rising sun shedding rays" was military colors used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Pacific War in the last century.

The "flag of rising sun shedding rays" together with "Hinomaru" reminds people of Japanese militarism which went reckless with war frenzy and leaves them shudder at the unprecedented massacre committed by the Japanese imperialist monsters.

The crime-woven flag must have been taken to the rubbish ground of history together with the defeat of the aggression state.
However, the Japanese reactionaries made it the flag of warships after the emergence of the Maritime "Self-defence Force" only to disclose their criminal nature.

Warships of Maritime SDF and units of Ground SDF bearing the flag symbolic of crime are hell-bent on war exercises in different parts of the world and the flag is fluttered even in international games, to say nothing of meetings organized by ultra-right gangsters in Japan.

In October last year, the Japanese reactionaries reacted to the south Koreans' protest against the Japanese warship with the "flag of rising sun shedding rays", calling it an act out of common sense and an uncouth response. Now they have gone the lengths of openly defending and justifying the flag of the war criminal state before the world.

This amounts to an open declaration to set out on overseas aggression again, instead of repenting of the past crimes of aggression, and an intolerable insult and mockery of the Korean nation and the international community.

Tolerance of the flag of the war criminal state precisely means that of the overseas aggression by Japan.
Despite a long time since the defeat of Japanese imperialism, getting stronger is the rejection of the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" by the international community and running deeper is the hatred of it by the people of Korea and other countries in Asia.
Japan has to bear in mind that its option for world domination under the flag will bring it more miserable end. -0-


Hostility and Prejudice Will Lead Japan to Self-Destruction and Isolation: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The rash acts of hostility of Japan towards the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), an organization of overseas citizens of our dignified Republic, harden the Korean nation's will to settle accounts with the former.
At a recent meeting of the Cabinet ministers, the Japanese authorities, finding fault with Chongryon, defined it as an object subject to investigation under the Act for the Prevention of Sabotage, and adopted a decision to the effect that it is possible that the latter can commit a violent act of sabotage.

The Japanese authorities' branding Chongryon as an "anti-state organization" is a vivid manifestation of their deep-rooted hostile policy towards the DPRK and an expression of their vicious and black-hearted intention to crack down and stamp out Chongryon at any cost.

Chongryon has consistently worked for defending and ensuring the life and interests of Koreans in Japan and promoting friendship with the Japanese people as clarified in its action programme over 60-odd years since its formation.
It has conducted legitimate activities, abiding by international law and the Japanese laws without interference in the Japanese internal affairs and promoted mutual understanding and friendly exchanges between the peoples of the DPRK and Japan.

This being a fact, the Japanese authorities claim that Chongryon has been involved in the "abduction issue", "illegal export case" and "sci-tech support for the DPRK". This is sheer sophism.
This is nothing but the malignant prejudice to make the public take Chongryon as a "violent body" while antagonizing it for no justifiable grounds and regarding it as the target of crackdown and obliteration.

To look back on history, the Japanese reactionaries have kept Chongryon as the first target of their hostile moves towards the DPRK and persistently resorted to a host of smear campaigns and crackdown against it.
In particular, the Abe regime which set the hostile policy towards the DPRK as the national policy is getting more vicious in its moves against the DPRK and Chongryon.

The shooting spree at the Central Hall of Chongryon in February was followed up by the Japanese customs authorities' fascist crackdown against the students of Kobe Korean High School on their return to Japan after visiting their motherland. This not only offended the juvenile minds of children but seriously threatened even the life and safety of Koreans in Japan.
In March, the right-wing gangsters of the Japanese No. 1 Party insulted and decried the students of the Korean schools. The right of Koreans' children to national education was also trampled upon as evidenced by the justification of a stop to the payment of subsidies for the Korean schools.

What is stunning is that the Abe regime is hell-bent on depriving Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan of all their democratic national rights including human rights, right to living and the right to business and also the legitimate rights universally recognized by international law, while enforcing its own sanctions independent of the UN sanctions, quite contrary to its lip-service for dialogue with the DPRK.

All the facts go to prove that the decedents of samurais remain unchanged in their hostile attitude towards the DPRK and Chongryon despite the changed situation and peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula which draws the attention of the world community.

The encroachment on the national rights of the Koreans in Japan amounts to the encroachment of the sovereignty of the DPRK.
The Abe group should remember that Chongryon just represents the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK in Japan.
Reckless hostility and prejudice will lead Japan only to self-destruction and isolation.
The Japanese authorities would be well advised to roll back their anachronistic and hostile policy towards the DPRK and Chongryon, clearly understanding the trend of the times. -0-


KCNA Commentary on LKP's "North Wind" Farce in South Korea

Pyongyang, May 14 (KCNA) -- The conservative group of south Korea has again kicked off the farce of "north wind."
As already reported, the public campaign for petitioning for the dissolution of the "Liberal Korea Party" (LKP) began in south Korea on April 22 and the number of petitioners has exceeded 1.8 million.

Exasperated by this, LKP is talking about "wire-pulling by the north" to tide over the crisis.
The floor leader and others of LKP say they doubt whether "the north is behind the public petition campaign" and exclusion of LKP from discussion on selection of fast track issues among major reform bills at the "National Assembly" is just a deed done at "the beck and call of the north."

At first, LKP asserted that the petitioning campaign doesn't represent "public opinion," witnessing the explosive increase of petitioners. It then doggedly insisted on "fabrication." At last, it is going helter-skelter under the signboard of "coloring theory."

It is going so paranoid that it dares brand a million and hundreds of thousands of people, the ruling party and other opposition parties as "followers of the north" who are "acting under north's manipulation."
It clearly shows the twisted viewpoint of the group of traitors, which regards the people as hordes of pigs and dogs.
It also sheds light on the true colors of a pack of traitors who make no scruple of labeling all the "people" as the "enemy" and doing harm to the compatriots for their political interests.

Such farce of LKP to tide over its political crisis is no longer workable.
LKP should be well aware that its "north wind racket" aimed at grabbing "power" is pushing the pent-up public indignation to violent eruption and bringing a strong head wind only.

It is well evidenced by the recent inauguration of the preparatory committee of the "civil constitutional court for the dissolution of LKP" in Seoul and mounting public criticism in south Korea. South Koreans say that they are increasingly disgusted with the conservative party talking about north's deed and north's manipulation whenever it opens mouth, adding that LKP is pouring scorn on the public and they would not allow it to go with impunity.

The on-line public petition campaign for dissolution of LKP, the biggest one that has ever been observed in south Korea, is just the one LKP invited of its own accord as it always neglects the public and finds its way out in confrontation with the compatriots in the north.

Funeral bells are tolling for LKP whose desperate efforts only throw it deeper into pitfall of isolation and destruction. -0-


Japan's Crime of Distorting English Name of Korea

Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA) -- After illegally occupying Korea in the last century, the Japanese imperialists committed such extra-large crime as having distorted its English name.
Originally, the internationally recognized English name of Korea was Corea.
But the Japanese imperialists began to distort its English name as "Korea" from the end of the 19th century.

After divesting Korea of its sovereign right by cooking up the gangster-like "Ulsa Five-point Treaty" in 1905, they tried to cover up their sinister scheme with mixed using of "Corea" and "Korea".
It was evidenced by the fact that the Japanese imperialists had used "Corea" in English versions of agreements and memorandums concluded between Japan and the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910) until August 1909, though they began to use "Korea" in documents like official gazette of "Residency-General in Korea" from 1905.

They made frantic efforts to completely change "Corea" into "Korea" after the "annexation" of Korea.
Japan set up a "preparatory committee for annexation" in June 1910 and decided to mark the English name of Joson (Korea) with "Korea". By putting the name of Korea next Japan in English alphabetical order, the Japanese imperialists schemed to make clear the subordinate relationship.

As seen above they had resorted to all sorts of dirty and vicious plots for turning Korea into their colony.
The Japanese imperialists ruthlessly trampled down on the Korean nation's dignity and sovereignty even by distorting its English name. This is a hideous crime unprecedented in human history. -0-


KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Make Thorough Reparation for Its Past Crimes

Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, the UK officially returned to Ethiopia a relic it plundered in the last century.
Hailing the humble liquidation of past crimes, big or small, the international community again weighs Japan against Germany over the issue of liquidation.

Germany and Japan are war criminal states that inflicted untold misfortune and catastrophe upon mankind by igniting the Second World War and the Pacific War. After the wars, they committed themselves not to repeat the crimes before the international community.

More than seven decades have passed, but the international community has seen Germany and Japan with diametrically different records of performance.
Germany enacted a "federal law on compensation for the victims of Nazis" and has made systematic reparations for relevant countries, organizations and people in the wake of the Second World War.

On June 12, 2007, the "memory, responsibility and future fund" of Germany declared the completion of 7 years-long reparation to the victims of conscript labor forced by Nazis during the Second World War. Germany had paid nearly 64 billion ¢æ in total to fulfill all its reparations for the Second World War.

It also wound up making reparations for the First World War several years ago.
Its efforts considerably improved its international image and carried more weight in the international community.

Quite contrary to it, Japan has totally denied its past crimes.
After the war, it set it as a target of its policy to turn itself into a military giant and has worked hard to build the "Self-Defence Forces" into the one for overseas aggression, claiming that "its defeat in the Pacific War was attributable to its weak power".
Now, Japan has nearly 230 000 soldiers on active service and strengthened the maritime SDF to be capable of carrying out the strategy of "attack on ocean".

Japan swallowed up a lot of countries in the Asia-Pacific, forcibly drafted 200 000 Korean women and more than 8.4 million Korean people to battlefields and slave labor sites and killed more than one million Korean people in the past. Without making an admission, apology and reparation for its past crimes, it is on fire with anachronistic sanctions against the DPRK, committing double or treble crimes against the Korean nation.

Therefore, it is quite natural for the international community to be enraged with Japan for seeking a permanent membership of the UNSC whose mission is to preserve global peace and security.
If Japan fails to feel ashamed of its past crimes, it can never be trusted by the international community.

The priority facing the present Japanese politicians is to liquidate the past.
If Japan wants to get rid of the ill fame of a war criminal state and to be a full-fledged member of the peaceful world, it should make a thoroughgoing apology and reparation for the past crimes.-0-


Japan's Ambition for Dominium over Tok Island Is Prelude to Reinvasion: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, February 27 (KCNA) -- Japan, oblivious of its crime-woven past, has an eye on other's territory again.
It set "Takeshima Day" (February 22) and claims that Tok Island is a "part of its territory".

As well known, Japan, not satisfied with naming Tok Island "Takeshima" at will, instigated the Shimane Prefectural Assembly to set the "Takeshima Day" out of the greed for other's territory in March 2005 and stages a farce for dominium over the island every year. A rally, the 14th of its kind, took place on Feb.22 in the presence of government authorities, which is a shameless distortion of history and gangster-like move to usurp other's territory.

Tok Island is an inalienable territory of the Korean nation.
The Korean people were the first to discover the island one thousand and hundreds of years ago and incorporate it into its territory. It was Korea that reconfirmed the dominium over the island on the basis of international laws and declared it at home and abroad for the first time.

The Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Declaration and memorandums Nos. 677 and 1033 signed and issued by the General Headquarters of the Allied Powers during and after the Second World War evidently confirm the legal status of Tok Island as a territory of Korea, whereas Japan's assertion of its dominium over the island has no justification to convince others from the geographical, historical and legal points of view.

Clear is the aim of Japan that persistently galvanizes domestic and international public opinion under the pretexts of "Takeshima Day" and "dominium" over the island.

It is to infuse the Japanese people with the aggressive fever just as the Japanese imperialists infected them with fascism in the last century, blur the international community's fair understanding of territory and thus provide conditions, environment and opportunity favorable for reinvasion.

It is evidenced by the fact that Japan set as "Takeshima Day" February 22 when it illegally put Tok Island under its jurisdiction over one hundred and ten years ago, and by a sentence of its relevant law that calls for "pushing ahead with a campaign for quick acquisition of dominium over Takeshima and building up public opinion on the issue of Takeshima".

Worse still, Japan is keen on ill-boding military moves like arms buildup and the drill based on the simulated conditions of recapturing remote islands, while inciting hostility towards the Korean nation and attempting to revise the Constitution. All the facts go to prove that Japan is going to reinvade Korea under the pretext of the issue of "dominium over Tok Island".

In case Japan, seized with revanchist ambition for supremacy, is going to realize its ambition for usurping Tok Island through physical action, it will be certainly developed into a war to conquer the whole of Asia.
Japanese reactionaries' assertion of "dominium" over Tok Island is, indeed, a prelude to reinvasion.

But Japan is seriously mistaken.
The Korean nation is by no means a small and weak one as it was in the past.
The international community keeps a close watch on the moves of the Japanese reactionaries who try to bring catastrophic disaster to mankind.
If Japan persists in its moves to seize Tok Island, oblivious of a lesson from history, requirement of the times and international anti-Japanese feelings, it will meet only ruin. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Double-dealing of S. Korean Military

Pyongyang, February 8 (KCNA) -- The south Korean military runs reckless in the arms buildup to mar the atmosphere of peace and stability.
After making public a "mid-term defense program" under the pretext of "coping with military threat and security change at present and those potential in the future," the south Korean military authorities are planning to spend more than 250 billion U.S. dollars for military spending - an increase of 13.6 per cent over the pervious time - under the program.

It constitutes an extremely dangerous act to swim against the desire of all the fellow countrymen for a durable and lasting peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, and an undisguised provocation against the DPRK.

The reckless act is a challenge to the historic north-south declarations that have won full support and welcome from the public at home and abroad and, at the same time, a flagrant violation of those declarations.

Last year, the north and the south committed themselves to leading the termination of military hostility in the confrontation area to the removal of the danger of war and hostility in the whole Korean peninsula and, in particular, to reducing armaments in proportion to the building of military confidence.

The south Korean authorities are obliged to ban all the acts running counter to the detente as specified in the declarations.
The military, which turned the whole of south Korea into the largest ammunition dump in the Far East under the pretext of non-existent "threat from the north", should have reduced without delay all of the lethal hardware against the fellow countrymen in the north in the present situation.

However, while trying to give a good impression that they are interested in the military detente, the south Korean military is seeking to spend huger military spending than that of the period of the tensions for arms buildup and the modernization of military hardware. They are even planning to purchase many F-35A, Global Hawk, SM-3 and other foreign military hardware.

The acts make the DPRK doubt the attitude of the south Korean military to value the trend of the present situation and to make the Korean peninsula a durable and lasting peace zone.
The military forces are describing their measures as an "act to lay a foundation for the increased self-defense capabilities", but it is nothing but double-dealing.

The military authorities never cover up the fact that their arms buildup is aimed at rounding off the system of attack on the north called "triad strike system" renamed "system of countering nuclear and weapons of mass destruction".
The reality clearly shows that the south Korean military is going to persist in the confrontation with fellow countrymen by force of arms.

Their reckless military act after the north-south agreement to end the fratricidal war incites our vigilance and causes serious concern among the public at home and abroad, and it adversely affects the development of the present situation.
Such double-dealing can never be pardoned as they are smiling a "reconciliation smile" before the DPRK but at the same time sharpening the sword of confrontation to prevent the peace from being ensured in the Korean peninsula and the region.

The south Korean military would be well advised to ponder over their acts as they may result in an undesirable thing beyond expectation. -0-


Source of Evils Should Be Uprooted: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, January 23 (KCNA) -- The gentry of the "Liberal Korea Party" confusing the whole society of south Korea are getting more reckless in their moves with each passing day, stunning the people.

When the south Korean prosecution started an investigation into Ryang Sung Thae, former president of the Supreme Court who is ringleader of judicial scandal, the conservative group of traitors covered the criminal, branding the investigation as an attempt of the government to seize the judicature.

The disgraceful behavior of the gentry of the LKP who patronize the criminal, not content with spawning all sorts of social evils, is a serious challenge to the south Korean people's mindset desirous of justice and democracy.

As known, Ryang Sung Thae is the A-class criminal who had consistently engaged in the fascist dictatorial politics sought by Park Geun Hye and worked hard to help her to stay in power under the mask of judge during the period of the past conservative regime and his criminal records are recorded in the whole society including the political, financial and cultural circles.

The Teachers Union was outlawed, the Unified Progressive Party was disbanded, democratic rights of the people were mercilessly trampled down and righteous struggles for independence, democracy and reunification were ruthlessly cracked down by the rogues who were reduced into running dogs of power.

They deliberately prolonged a trial for the compensation claim by the victims of forced labor drafted by the Japanese imperialists and maneuvered to make a verdict that Japan's war criminal companies which had bled the Koreans are not to blame for the crimes.

A crime of abusing the "law" for protection of the rights and interests of the people as a lethal weapon against them can never be pardoned.
Every sin brings punishment to it. It is too natural that the traitorous rule keeper is sternly punished by the people.

Nevertheless, the gentry of the LKP openly covered and justified the crimes committed by Ryang Sung Thae and thus revealed their true colors as the group of criminals.
In fact, all the crimes committed by Ryang are those under the directive instructions and positive support by the conservatives who took power at that time.

All facts go to prove that the south Korean people can never think about genuine freedom, rights and true life unless they root out the conservative group such as the LKP, the source of evils and group of criminals.

Today the remnants of the conservatives are going busy with enlargement of forces for replacement of the regime while longing for the past when they had been engrossed in the fascist rule, far from drawing a lesson from the merciless impeachment according to the demand of the candlelight demonstrators.

Liquidation of the conservatives and deep-seated evils is the stern demand of history and severe punishment by the people. The group of traitors is bound to perish. -0-


KCNA Commentary Urges Japan to Swim with Trend of Times

Pyongyang, December 22 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are going reckless to derail the regional situation.
Recently it carried out the test-fire of SM-3 Block 2A co-developed with the U.S. in the waters off Hawaii.

Earlier, the Japan Defense Ministry simultaneously made boreholes for ground survey in the Mutsumi drilling ground and the Araya drilling ground belonging to the Ground "Self-Defense Forces," sites proposed for ground interceptor missile system Aegis Usher, and made it known to the public.

Japan's incitement of the bellicose atmosphere is a serious act of harassing peace to chill the peace atmosphere on the Korean peninsula and the region and strain the situation.

The new trend for peace created on the Korean peninsula has positive impact on the peace and stability of the region and the world. It is something strange to see Japan, which benefits more than others from the hot wind for peace, going busy with military actions while getting vocal about the non-existent "threats from north Korea".

It is the revelation of the crafty trick of the Japanese reactionaries to further ratchet up the tension on the Korean peninsula and meet their own interests.
The present favorable situation deprives Japan, a country that has rushed headlong to become "a war-capable country" up to now since its defeat, of any justifications to realize its military giant ambition.

This is the reason that the Abe authorities complained about the security environment around Japan in the new "defence guidelines program", saying that it is rapidly getting worse, and deceived the international community.
In actuality, Japan is rushing for a war-capable state that could inflict disaster on humankind again.

It decided to increase defence expenditure 6.4 % for the coming five years.
While envisaging investing huge fund equivalent to the military spending of world's military powers in the purchase for F-35 and other ultra-modern arms and equipment and weapon development, it is going to remodel Maritime "Self-Defense Force's" escort ship Izmo into an aircraft carrier.

It is natural to hear the voices of the worried public at home and abroad calling for "scrutiny into the necessity for the introduction of the U.S. interceptor missile defence system."

Japan chilling the peace atmosphere in the Korean peninsula and the region is the most dangerous aggression force, war force threatening peace and security of the world.
Japan will remain a forsaken island country in the international arena forever if it keeps going against the trend of the times. It has to remember this. -0-


KCNA Comments on Power Scramble among Die-hard Conservatives in LKP of South Korea

Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- A fierce strife has recently kicked off among the conservatives of south Korea to secure the post of representative of the "Liberal Korea Party" ahead of its convention, which has become a target of public criticism.

Former "Prime Minister" of south Korea Hwang Kyo An has buckled down to laying a stepping-stone toward the LKP hegemony, expressing his "full confidence to win the election at the convention." His growing impatience makes him call for joining LKP in a hurry and hosting a seminar, etc.

Former LKP Representative Hong Jun Phyo, not to be outdone by his rivals, also said "it's time to restore the honor," declaring his "return to realistic politics." Kim Mu Song has betrayed his inner intent to seize the actual power in LKP.

LKP Floor Leader Kim Song Thae is also going impudently, blustering that he would "challenge for party leadership for the sake of the conservatives and to win the next general election." He is busy speaking ill of his rivals in a bid to give a face-lift to his public image.
Such disgusting low-browed politicians' paradox and jibe-trading only shed light on their intrinsic nature - scramble for seizing hegemony.
They, being thirsty for power, don¡¯t mind the people¡¯s living.

LKP is on threshold of collapse at the cesspool of history after being forsaken by the public who branded it as the "den of deep-rooted evils". It is utterly ridiculous that the group of traitors who should be liquidated as early as possible is going to hold a convention, and it is just a tragicomedy that those traitors are scrambling for power of such party.

All the "candidates" running for the LKP hegemony are just the worst criminals who threw the "state affairs" of south Korea into confusion and the people's living into misery by serving like a tool traitor Park Geun Hye who earned the ugliest fame in the political history of south Korea.

Former "Prime Minister" Hwang Kyo An, who claims to be the first on the support list in the conservative camp, is just the fascist cutthroat that earned an ill fame for masterminding various high-profile plots like the spy case of a Seoul City public officer and the case of Ri Sok Gi-led rebellion, only to suppress pro-reunification democrats.Hong Jun Phyo, Kim Mu Song, Kim Pyong Jun and Kim Song Thae, well known as modern-version political chameleons, are all snobbish ones who have spent time idly in muddy corrupt politics, hell-bent on corruption and irregularities, confrontation with the fellow countrymen and sycophancy to big countries.

It is quite natural that the power scramble in the group of traitors doing nothing good for the public but committing only sins is termed publicly a "philistines' dogfight for seizing party hegemony" and "farce of a stinking trash-like party."

A leopard cannot hide its spots. The unpopular and treacherous nature of the conservatives and their intrinsic ill habit of backbiting one another can never change.
The disgusting power scramble of the conservatives is provoking severer criticism by the public in south Korea. -0-


KCNA Commentary Hits Out at Japan's Military Moves

Pyongyang, November 10 (KCNA) -- Intensified overseas advance of Japan's military is drawing serious concern of the international community.
The Japan Ministry of Defense recently made a formal announcement that it would dispatch its Ground "Self-Defense Force" to Vietnam for the first time in Asia.
This means the expansion of the sphere of SDF overseas military operation to Asia. The sphere was confined to Africa, where SDF troops were deployed under the pretext of "UN peace-keeping activities."

On November 5 SDF kicked off the largest-ever joint military drills in league with the U.S. and Canada under the pretence of "stability of the India-Pacific region." Commenting on it, Reuters reported on Nov. 3 that Japan has buckled down to military buildup, being concerned about the security of Asia and it dispatched its biggest warship Kaga to various countries in the India-Pacific region including Philippines, Sri Lanka, India and Singapore within two months this year. Observers appreciated that the joint military drills are targeted at China bolstering its military force in the South China Sea, the British news agency added.

The aim sought by Japan in intensifying military drills with various countries in an all-round way outside its archipelago is as clear as noonday.
It is to materialize the wild dream for overseas expansion by making SDF's military operation easier across the world and perfecting the actual war capability of SDF.

The Japanese reactionaries, being crazy about the revanchist ambition, have never dropped the wild dream for overseas expansion.
With the modification of the "Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Guidelines" and the adoption of the "security law" in recent years, Japan expanded the SDF's operational sphere confined to its vicinity to cover the whole world. It also made it possible to exercise the "right to collective self-defense" under the pretext of military aids to "allies."

SDF has cunningly paved its path for overseas expansion bit by bit under the pretext of "keeping peace" and "combating terrorism." It has reached the phase of beating its military drums across the world, hyping "proactive pacifism."
Now that politicians of Japan are hurrying to revise the constitution to specify the existence of the SDF in the constitution in the wake of Prime Minister Abe's reelection as president of the Liberal Democratic Party, it is clear that Japan is openly pursuing the overseas advance of its military.

Japan is a country which inflicted untold disasters upon the peoples of Asian countries in the past century. It is just a defeated nation which is banned from exercising the right of belligerency and the rights to participate in a war and having a regular army. Its military's projected overseas advance just means a war of aggression and such attempt is definitely a crime.

The Japanese reactionaries should be aware that their desperate military moves will only make Japan further isolated and rejected by the peoples of the region and the international community.
Revival of militarism will bring miserable ruin to Japan. -0-


KCNA Commentary Assails Japan's Ambition for Reinvasion

Pyongyang, October 8 (KCNA) -- Japan's preoccupation with aggression runs counter to mankind desirous of peace and stability.
Shortly ago, Japan insisted obstinately on sending a warship of its maritime "Self-Defense Force" with the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" to Jeju Island.

In the last century, the Japanese imperialists hanged the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" on the bayonet as a symbol of the "Yamato-Tamashi" in their aggression of Asian countries, advocating the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere".

The world people set themselves against Japan's assertion of use of the flag, trembling with anger at it.
Official persons of Japan such as the minister of Defense claim that the flag of the SDF warship showing the nationality is the icon of national sovereignty and the call for banning the use of the "flag of rising sun shedding rays" is an abnormal and rude action.

Japan's disgraceful behavior is an unpardonable insult and mockery of the Korean nation and international community aspiring after peace at a time when the promise and practical measures of the Korean nation to turn the Korean Peninsula into the land of peace are hailed and supported by the world people.

The history of aggression of Japan that committed indelible crimes against the Korean nation still goes on and Japan is adding crimes to it.
Far from making an apology and reflecting on its past crimes of aggression, Japan tries to set foot in this land with the blood-stained flag of the Imperial Japanese Army again, not content with claim to "dominium" over the inviolable land of Korea.

Japan is so shameless to demonstrate that it does not give up the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" as a war-capable state.
The wild ambition of Japan, the sworn enemy of the Korean nation, to harass peace can never be allowed.

Japan's criminal war flag will not be hoisted on the land of Korea at all.
All Koreans should come out as one in the struggle against the daily-growing ambition of the Japanese reactionaries to turn Japan into a military giant and their reinvasion moves. -0-

ut to shame.
The SDF can never evade the fate of the Imperial Japanese Army unless it changes its purport of modernization. -0-