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KCNA Commentary Denounces Hwang Kyo An for Seeking Dictatorship

Pyongyang, March 31 (KCNA) -- Another bloody fight of the south Korean conservatives took place over the nomination of candidates for the "national assemblymen" election, evoking only disillusion of the people from all walks of life.

Traitor Hwang Kyo An is behind the dirty scramble for power.
The traitor's arbitrary and high-handed practice reached the extremes in the nomination of candidates with high probability as was the case with the nomination of candidates for regional constituencies.

Hwang contended that the "Future Korea Party", a junior partner of the "United Future Party", put the "talents" posted by him in the placings with no possibility of getting elected in the list of candidates of high probability. He replaced the high echelon of the "Future Korea Party" and all the members of the "nomination management committee" with his close associates and nominated candidates with high probability of getting elected again.

As commented by various circles of south Korea and the public opinion, such violence is an "unprecedented nomination coup" and fully betrays again the fascist nature of Hwang and his greed for power as well.
The inveterate nature of the vicious fascist maniac, who worked at the beck and call of the conservative dictatorial regime when he worked as the "minister of Justice", can never change.

The disposition of the fascist who hunted democratic and patriotic personages and dissolved progressive organizations is fully demonstrated in the zeal for realizing his wild ambition for power.
He rigged up a bogus political party overnight, did away with the high echelon of the party incurring his displeasure and indiscriminately brought them down whether they belonged to his group or other group, stunning the public.

His rowdyism ahead of the election of the "national assemblymen" is attributable to his wild ambition to expel his rivals from the party and build the one-party system after the election.
He only seeks to usurp the "National Assembly" and lay the foundation of power with his close associates so as to realise such a pipedream as the revival of the conservative dictatorial regime.

Far from reflecting on the recent dogfight, he has gone so shameless as to blame others, claiming that is why the present regime and its fellow forces must be punished in the coming general election.
Traitor Hwang is the rubbish driven out of the times, being forsaken by the people long ago, and the chief target of the struggle for doing away with the deep-seated evils.

The south Korean people insist that traitor Hwang should be eliminated along with the "United Future Party" of traitors.
It is as clear as noonday that Hwang will face the same miserable fate as the preceding dictators as he goes zealous for realizing his wild ambition for power. -0-

Refusal to Atone for Past Crimes Leads Japan to Ruin: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 23 (KCNA) -- Many countries have been repenting of their past wrongdoings and making efforts to establish new relations. During a recent visit to Indonesia the king of the Netherlands made an official apology for the extreme violence used by his country during its colonial rule over Indonesia.

Saying history can never be erased, the king pointed out that he reflects upon the past crimes committed by his country with deep understanding of the lingering pains and sorrow of victims.
His remarks serve as an occasion to look into the true colors of Japan which has not yet atoned for the past.

The past crimes committed by Japan against mankind, the Korean people in particular, are so atrocious that they could hardly be tolerated though Japan would make manifold apologies and reparation for them.

However, Japan has behaved contrary to the trend of the times since its defeat.
Japan has not admitted its past crimes, but justified them, far from making apology and reparation for them.

During the Japanese imperialists' colonial fascist rule spanning nearly half a century, the Korean nation underwent the most miserable sufferings and pains which other nations have never experienced. And the scars of sufferings and pains still remain unhealed.

The Japanese reactionaries are instilling into the rising generations the hostility towards the DPRK and militarism by shamelessly distorting the history, making absurd allegations that the "colonization promoted the modernization of Korea" and "Japan's war in the continent in the last century comes to be a contribution to peace and security of Asia".

Worse still, Japan is more desperately keen on the moves for a military giant and overseas expansion to realize its wild ambition for reinvasion, attributing its defeat in the war to its weak power.
If the island country continues to refuse the atonement for its past, enjoying a daydream about becoming "the leader of Asia," in disregard of the warnings of the international community, it will get nothing but ruin.

Japan should stop foolish doings that betrays its mean morality before the world and may damn its prospects, but make a sincere apology and reparation for the heinous crimes it committed against the Korean nation and mankind. -0-

KCNA Commentary Condemns Japan for Getting Vocal over "Security Crisis"

Pyongyang, February 26 (KCNA) -- Japan is pushing ahead with arms buildup.
Shortly ago, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced that it would develop and introduce new jamming equipment, citing the DPRK's "ballistic missile threat", and described the planned deployment of surface-to-warship guided missile in Okinawa as a "development of a deterrent force to cope with threat from China".

This is a hackneyed method resorted by Japan preoccupied with the ideas of a military giant and reinvasion under the pretext of "security crisis".
Since its defeat in World War II, Japan has rushed headlong into militarism, raising the clamor of the "security crisis".

For the revival of militarism, Japan, taking the advantage of the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula and the region, has expanded the operation sphere of the "Self-Defence Forces" (SDF) to all parts of the world and even to space, after shaking off the veil of "exclusive defence" and emerged as an entity possessed of the greatest offensive capability next to the U.S. in the West.

Nevertheless, the island country is shamelessly justifying its moves for turning itself into a military giant by describing the DPRK, China and Russia as the states which pose threat" to Japan.
This year has witnessed one war exercise after another on the ground, in the air and in the seas of the archipelagoes with the support from the U.S. such as drills simulating the defence and recapture of remote islands.

Days ago, the Air "Self-Defense Force" conducted a large-scale joint air drill with B-52s belonging to the U.S. Air Force, emphasizing the goal was to contain the DPRK and the surrounding states.
The crafty trick of the Japanese reactionaries is to secure a legal justification for "security defence" by disguising Japan as a victim before the international community.

Now besides the thoughtless remarks of individual politicians that they should take land away from others by way of igniting a war, such gangster-like logic as describing other country's territorial sovereignty as an illegal one and claiming Japan's responsibility for solving the problem is being heard even within the Diet.
No wonder military experts express serious concerns over Japan getting all the more undisguised in its wild ambition to increase the combat capability of the SDF and become a normal state capable of fighting a war.

It is a pipedream for the Japanese reactionaries to regain the post of the old colonial suzerain state by containing surrounding countries by force and becoming the "leader of the East".
A foolish act always invites a miserable end. -0-

KCNA Commentary Condemns Japanese Reactionaries for Working Hard to Revise Constitution

Pyongyang, February 3 (KCNA) -- The inveterate nature of the Japanese reactionaries' militaristic ambition is being revealed with each passing day to stun the world.

Shortly ago, Prime Minister Abe at a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party on the revision of the constitution made remarks that "it is necessary to revise outdated parts", calling for putting an end to the discussion of the constitution by properly specifying the existence of the "Self-Defense Force" in the constitution. He also said at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives that "it is a matter related with the mainstay of national defense to stipulate and codify the validity of members of the SDF".

His remarks are little short of an announcement that he would continue to turn a deaf ear to the strong protest and denunciation at home and abroad and go ahead with the criminal revision of the constitution.
The international community is now denouncing the reactionaries of the island nation who are openly challenging international laws that stipulates the post-war status and future of Japan as the heinous group of reinvasion and fascist force of modern version.

Amid the increase of the number of Japanese opposing the revision of the constitution, the political circle is getting increasingly vocal in asserting that "Prime Minister Abe has no right to revise the constitution" and "it is necessary to bring down Abe regime that violates Article 9 of the constitution".
This being a hard fact, Abe and other forces standing for the revision are making desperate efforts to revise the constitution, while talking about the "building of a state towards a new era" in defiance of the demand of humanity and public sentiment.

Lurking behind this is the cunning intention to restore the old status of the colonial suzerain state by which it acted an emperor in the Asian countries occupied by it in the last century under the pretext of securing the status of a normal state.
It is not difficult to guess what is meant by the "building of a new state" much touted by those brutal guys who obstinately claim aggression and plunder as justice and innocence.

The Japanese reactionaries are, indeed, the dangerous force of invasion which brings the dark clouds to hang over the earth and the group of evils which deserves punishment by the common efforts of humanity.
The Japanese politicians making desperate efforts to realize the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" should clearly understand that they can never evade the merciless rebuff by the international community.

Japan will only suffer disgrace as the eternal criminal state and the defeated state and be doomed to ruin for its reckless moves of militarism including the revision of the constitution. -0-

KCNA Commentary Dismisses Japan's Anti-DPRK Moves as Ignorant

Pyongyang, December 24 (KCNA) -- Japan still goes foolish. Days ago, Japanese Defense Minister Kono, terming the DPRK's measure for increasing capabilities for self-defense a "ballistic missile launch", solicited for international support. On Dec. 21 he again ranted about "imminent threat from north Korea" aboard the escort warship Izumo re-modeled into an aircraft carrier. This stems from his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK.

Explicitly speaking once again, the military measures taken by the DPRK are the exercise of the legitimate right of a sovereign state to self-defence, and no one is qualified to find fault with it.
Moreover, the issue which Japan has become clamorous about is the test-fire of multiple rocket launcher and even a mere child knows that it poses no threat to the island nation.

Nonetheless, Japan is instigating the international pressure on the DPRK under the pretext of the unreasonable "threat". This shows that it seeks a sordid intention, not the security of its country and region.
As known, until recently it has zealously called for dialogue, taking the stand that the test-fire of the super-large multiple launch rocket system of the DPRK has no influence on the security of Japan.

But this is just a petty trick to get rid of the miserable situation of being sidelined in the world political trend which moves with the DPRK in the center.
Actually Japan, trumpeting about "dialogue without preconditions" with the DPRK, has doggedly called for sanctions, solicited for increased pressure in the international arena and become more undisguised in its ill military moves.

What is astonishing is the stupid daydream of Japan reckoning that it can still deceive the international community and push ahead with its moves for militarist reinvasion with the hackneyed "threat from north Korea".

What an ignorant and stupid idea it is.
It is useless for Japan to keep raving about "threat" and "provocation".
Japan's shameless and narrow-minded behavior turning black into white and acting flippantly will only make its miserable entity as a political dwarf stand out.
Japan should not run amuck, well aware of whom its rival is. -0-

KCNA Commentary Censures Japan for Rushing Headlong into Overseas Expansion

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Japan is still unabated in its military moves, disturbing the regional situation.
Shortly ago, the Ministry of Defence announced that a joint actual maneuver between the U.S. marines and the Japan Ground "Self-Defense Force" would be staged in Shigoku in December for the first time. It was reported that four U.S. Ospreys would be involved in the maneuver.

This is the clear manifestation of the military ambition of Japan getting frantic in its moves to become a military giant and launch an overseas expansion with the backing of its master as it is part of its moves to make the "Self-Defense Forces" take part in an actual war without fail.
The current SDF which has turned into perfect armed forces with attack capability is very busy acquiring the capability for fighting a war, steadily expanding the sphere of its military operations and familiarizing itself with overseas expansion.

What draws attention is that Japan is working hard to make the SDF acquire the capability for fighting a war under the pretext of the "military alliance" and "cooperation for defence".
The SDF started the U.S.-Japan joint military exercises this year with an airlift drill simulating the defence of remote islands with a U.S. special unit. In collusion with its master, it continuously conducted military exercises akin to an actual war such as an actual maneuver between the "amphibious task force" and the U.S. marines and a joint exercise between fighters of the Japan Air SDF and a B-52 of the U.S. Air Force.

In May, warships of the Japan Maritime SDF staged a joint drill with France, Australia and the U.S. in the Indian Ocean for the first time and hung around the waters off the Pacific for a long time for maritime joint exercises with littoral nations.

In this context, the Japanese political circles are boosting the moves for laying a springboard favorable for military advance into other countries while approving the conclusion of agreements on mutual provision of goods and manpower between the SDF and the French and Canadian armies and examining the conclusion of the "agreement on the status of visiting unit" between the SDF and the British army.

That's why the acts of the Japanese government pressing ahead with the dispatch of the SDF to the Middle East under the pretence of the aggravated Middle East situation can not be construed only from the viewpoint of "information collection" and "assurance of marine security".
The horrible records of the SDF steadily enlarging the radius of its military operation throw doubts as to where the Japanese armed forces terminate their bid to acquire the capability for fighting a war.

The largest defense costs in the history of Japan, armed forces with attack capability beyond the principle of "exclusive defense", military advance into other countries and other moves show that every military action of Japan is oriented to an actual war and reinvasion.
This year Japan saw the end of the era of "Heisei" and greeted the era of "Reiwa".

Even though much water flew under the bridge and the unique name of years was changed, Japan remains unchanged in its militaristic ambition for becoming a war-capable state, free from all historical, legal and moral restraints at home and abroad.
The international community follows with great concern which way Japan will take in the era of "Reiwa". -0-

Mega-Merger of Conservatives Is Doomed to Ruin: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 18 (KCNA) -- Hwang Kyo An, representative of the "Liberal Korea Party" of south Korea, has recently bothered the political circles with the hyping-up of "mega-merger of conservatives".
He claims that all the liberal democratic forces should unite their strength to try the present regime's self-complacency and arrogance and he would push ahead with the political unity with all the forces against the "leftist regime."

Hwang, called a politically inexperienced person, amateur and idiot for having failed to rearrange his den, talks about "unity of all the conservative forces". This is, indeed, a tragicomedy that makes even a cat laugh.
His misbehavior is a revelation of his sinister intention to hide the plight of the LKP on the verge of ruin, divert elsewhere public criticism, expand forces at any cost and win in next year's election of "assemblymen".

Now, the LKP has been plagued with all kinds of corruption and irregularities which have been brought light one after another, factional conflicts and dogfights in quagmire.
Worse still, public opinion poll reflecting the public criticism of the LKP is throwing into uneasiness the traitor who is dreaming a dream of coming to power.

Upset by the situation Hwang Kyo An group, not content with describing human scum as "talents" and admitting them into the LKP is getting desperate with trumpeting about "mega-merger ".
The LKP of riffraffs will give off worse smell and the dogfight for power will get fiercer.
The conservative opposition parties, to say nothing of various circles of south Korea, say that "mega-merger" is a trick for glossing over an inside story of rotten LKP and prop up "crippling leadership" and merger brings about quarrels every day. Hwang group is blamed even in the LKP.

The Hwang Kyo An clan is foolish as to do all kinds of shameful things for power, drawing public derision and criticism.
The traitorous group is trying to challenge candlelight demonstrators through the merger of conservatives who were indulged in fascist dictatorial rule, anti-popular rule and corruption and irregularities. This invites surging indignation of the people of various circles.

The south Korean people will never forgive the LKP clan running amuck to revive the era of darkness.
Hwang Kyo An group's farce of "mega-merger of conservatives" is doomed to ruin. -0-

KCNA Commentary Blames Japanese Reactionaries' Claim to Right to Collective Self-Defense in Space

Pyongyang, November 4 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries' ambition for military expansion has reached the extreme.
On October 16, the minister of Defence said on a public occasion that "it is possible to exercise the right to collective self-defense even in space", adding that the "Self-Defence Forces" will act within the sphere of the Constitution and one may think that there is difference between on the earth and in space but it is not just like that".

His remarks are the manifestation of Japan's black-hearted intention to escalate its moves for turning it into a military giant and overseas expansion into space under the pretext of protecting its allies, and they amount to a serious conception.

Japan abuses the "right to collective self-defense" in justifying its military advance into space. The right is nothing but the one for participating in a war of aggression and igniting a war.

The Japanese reactionaries have worked hard to amend laws in order to nullify the "Pacifist Constitution" which specifies no access to the right of belligerency, right to participate in a war and fighting capability and also used their moves as a means for concealing their revanchist ambition for reinvasion and evading criticism by the international society.

Since the end of the Second World War the island nation has rushed headlong into militarism and a military giant to avenge its defeat in the war, defying all sorts of political and legal restrictions.

As a result, the SDF that had been founded in small size turned into the world-level aggression forces with modern military hardware and the adoption and effectuation of the "security legislation" which allows the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense" made its sphere of activity drastically expand into overseas, beyond Japan.

Furthermore, Japan concluded the agreements on mutual provision of goods and manpower with the U.S., Britain, Australia and others under the pretext of exercising the "right to collective self-defense" and thus created condition favorable for participating in an overseas war and a regional war at will in contingency, far from the sphere of the "exclusive self-defense".

In case the "right to collective self-defense" is exercised even in space, the outer space will be certainly reduced into the field of a war by the militaristic reactionaries, more seriously threatening world peace and security.

The major target of Japan is none other than the regional countries just as before.
At the end of last year, Japan made public the new "defense program" and "Midterm Defense Capability Buildup Outline" meant to expand its military operational sphere into space and cyber space under the plea of China's military tendency.

The 2019 Defense White Paper released in September justified the military buildup of the SDF, describing the DPRK, China and Russia as the main threat to Japan.

Japanese Politicians' Group Visit to Yasukuni Shrine Assailed

Pyongyang, October 20 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families issued a statement Sunday to accuse the present Japanese government ministers of making a visit to Yasukuni Shrine. Following the chief executive, other government ministers of Japan offered tributes to the shrine and more than 90 dietmen from the ruling and opposition parties made a group visit to it on Oct. 18.

Yasukuni Shrine is a symbol of Japanese militarism where the departed souls of the top-class war criminals still linger. The war criminals were punished by history for their engagement in the war of aggression and plunder, the statement said, and went on:
What is sought by the Japanese politicians by making the visit to Yasukuni Shrine an organized and an annual one is to intoxicate the Japanese nationals with the militarist toxin and to realize at any cost their failed old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere".

The recent visit clearly shows again that they have no idea of making repentance or apology for the past crimes of aggression but are only keen on turning back history and launching overseas aggression.
The Association strongly denounces the group visit to the shrine by the Japanese politicians as an all-out challenge to justice, peace and human rights and a hideous crime against humanity that insults the victims of the past and their bereaved families.

The statement urged the Japanese politicians who challenged the needs of the world people and the trend of the times through the visit to come out for the atonement of the past as early as possible, not adding more crimes to what their predecessors had already committed against the Korean people. -0-

KCNA Commentary Slams Japan's Project for Constitutional Revision

Pyongyang, September 24 (KCNA) -- Japan has openly revealed its project for constitutional revision.
Prime Minister Abe, at a recent press conference concerning Cabinet reshuffle, confirmed again his "determination to carry out constitutional revision at any cost."
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Aso also called for specifying the existence of the "Self-Defense Forces" in the Constitution. A series of similar remarks are heard within the Liberal Democratic Party recently.

This shows that the island nation is working hard to turn itself into a military giant and realize the wild ambition for overseas expansion.
Japan's desperate moves for constitutional revision are aimed to turn itself into a war state by setting up a legal and institutional mechanism for unleashing a war.
For over 70 years since its defeat in the war, Japan has never dropped its revengeful thoughts and wild ambition for reinvasion.

It has steadily pursued the policy for militarization and military giant, transforming the ground, maritime and air "Self-Defense Forces" into powerful ones capable of launching overseas aggression.
Today it plans to have an actual aircraft carrier and organize a "space operation force."

Article 9 of the Constitution banning Japan from having army and exercising the right of belligerency and the right to participate in a war cannot but be an obstacle to mobilization of such forces for overseas aggression.
Japan seeks to regain the right to use armed forces it was deprived of due to its defeat, promote the SDF to elite forces and thus legitimize overseas aggression.

The Abe regime is working harder to modify the Constitution during its tenure of office that will end in Sept. 2021.
Abe, regarding the constitutional revision as his "lifetime task", insists on the need for constitutional revision whenever he has an opportunity, saying that "it is the time to buckle down to constitutional revision, the cherished desire of LDP" and "he remains unchanged in pursuing the goal for making new constitution take effect from 2020."

It is not fortuitous that criticism terming the recent Cabinet reshuffle the one for constitutional revision is mounting in the political circles of Japan.
Japan's projected constitutional revision is not an issue confined to internal affairs of a country or related to modification of paragraphs. It is just a serious political and international matter related to peace and security of the Korean Peninsula, Asia and the rest of the world.

Japan has a crime-woven history in which it inflicted unbearable misfortune and ravages upon the Korean people and other peoples in the world.
Such a country is seeking to modify articles of the Constitution for belligerent purposes, far from atoning for its past crimes, just prompted by its risky way of thinking to take the path of militarism. This is a reckless act of blatantly challenging the desire of mankind for peace.

Japan's moves for igniting a war of aggression again should not be allowed.
The international community should never overlook such foolhardy moves of Japan. -0-

S. Korean Conservative Group Is Horde of Trouble-makers: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, September 4 (KCNA) -- Conservatives styling themselves "experts" in south Korea have recently raised again the hackneyed matter of redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons to twist the public opinion.

They are asserting that it comes to be a "golden opportunity" for redeployment of tactical nukes in south Korea that the U.S. is examining the deployment of intermediate range missiles in Asia, adding the redeployment could impose greater pressure and serve as a strong card in negotiations. They say that if the nukes are usually managed by the U.S., it cannot be viewed as a violation of NPT and the redeployment is not in contravention of "restrictions on introduction of nukes into non-nuclear state".

Their assertion is a revelation of the black-hearted intention to stimulate the U.S. to derail the process of peace on the Korean peninsula and stoke up extreme anxiety over security in south Korea and incite confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

Due to the dangerous anti-DPRK military moves of the war-thirsty forces at home and abroad, the situation on the Korean Peninsula was put under grave circumstances as to whether to go back to the era of confrontation or not.
Whoever really wants the comfort of the nation and peace on the Korean Peninsula should do anything helpful to the stable development of the present situation.

But, not content with terming the self-defensive measures by the DPRK "provocation" and "threat," the conservative groups of south Korea have gone the length of justifying the redeployment of tactical nukes, the issue neglected by history.

Behind their moves is a criminal intention to bring back the era of confrontation when they were given to high-handed and arbitrary practices, indifferent to whether the people will suffer from the deteriorating situation or not and whether the security of their master will be exposed to a greater danger or not.

It is their real purpose to make the security crisis a fait accompli by hyping the redeployment of nukes and, at the same time, gain popularity favorable for hunting a fortune in rallying conservative forces and realizing the wild ambition for return to power.

The conservative groups are, indeed, a horde of trouble-makers bringing disaster to the nation as they make no scruple of offering south Korea as a nuclear arsenal and theater of nuclear war to the outsiders to materialize the dirty ambition for power.

The group of traitors' trumpeting about the redeployment of tactical nukes is a suicidal policy which will bring ruin to them rather than "bolster deterrent." Days ago, the south Korean Kyunghyang Daily News said that the assertion made by the "Liberal Korea Party" for the issue of redeployment lacking reason and feasibility is the "'security populism' for political interests" and the "Liberal Korea Party which insists on absurd theory of nuclear armament is not entitled to become a political party".

The south Korean people are bitterly condemning the conservative groups for running amuck to incite the confrontation with the fellow countrymen and security crisis. The conservative groups can never evade the stern punishment by history as they go against the trend toward peace on the Korean peninsula to revive the nuclear nightmare on the sacred land. -0-

Situation on Korean Peninsula Can Never Be Tool for Meeting Japan's Interests: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) -- Very noticeable under the present situation is the military move of Japan.
The Japan Defense Minister recently described the DPRK's legitimate military measures for self-defence as sort of "threats" and called for further beefing up Japan's missile defence system. He also voiced his invariable stand for the deployment of Aegis Ashore despite strong rebuff at home and abroad.

This act expressly aggravating the regional situation vividly shows the crafty aim of the Japanese reactionaries to use the present stalemate on the Korean peninsula as a good opportunity for arms buildup.
It is a trite method used by the island country to deliberately strain the situation and use it as a pretext for openly pushing forward the moves for becoming a military power under the signboard of "defence".

Persistently spreading the story of the "threats from north Korea" in the past, Japan abused it for realizing its militarist ambition and found pleasure in faulting others. It was none other than the Japanese reactionaries who were most displeased with the recent trend toward peace created on the Korean peninsula and the region and hindered every positive move.

They are now going sly to destroy the atmosphere of dialogue, incite the feelings of "insecurity" while branding the measures taken by the DPRK for bolstering up its military capability for self-defence as "violation of the UN Security Council resolutions" and a "serious task".
But with no sleight of hand can Japan cover up its true nature as a disturber of regional peace and a chieftain of the strained tension.
The Japan Defence Ministry announced on August 16 that it officially decided to introduce F-35B equipped with the capabilities for short-distance lift and vertical landing.

This aims at their practical use not only in the Air "Self-defence Force" (SDF) but on Izmo, the largest warship of the Maritime SDF. Therefore, the SDF's possession of a carrier, which does not comply with the principle of exclusive defence, has become an established fact.
Earlier, the Ministry announced that the largest-ever 5.3 trillion yen will be included in the rough budget estimate for next year.

Commenting on Japan's reckless military buildup, the south Korean MBC said that "Japan plans to squander 245 billion USD as defence expenditure for the upcoming five years. This means 50 billion USD a year, much greater than that of Britain and France. The scale of Japan's naval forces is reported to be larger than the combination of those of France and Britain. It is so huge unbecoming for a state that has a constitution banning a war."

Japan should clearly bear in mind the grave consequences to be entailed by its moves of trying to strain the regional situation and use it as a pretext for realizing their wild ambition.
The situation on the Korean peninsula can never be a tool serving Japan's interests. -0-

KCNA Commentary on S. Korean Conservatives' War Moves

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) -- The south Korean conservatives are now becoming all the more desperate in the "security crisis" campaign.
They described the DPRK's military measures as "dangerous provocations" going against the September 19 South-North Military Agreement and "UN sanctions resolutions." And they even went the length of calling for nullifying the said agreement.

Their assertion is reminiscent of a thief crying "Stop thief!"
The measures taken by the DPRK for bolstering up its defense capabilities are an open and aboveboard physical exercise of a sovereign state and a serious warning to the south Korean trigger-happy forces hell-bent on reckless joint military exercises against the north and the purchase of ultra-modern war hardware.

But they insist on "illegitimacy" over "sanctions resolutions" which the DPRK has never recognized, which means that it should stand up to the armed enemy with empty hands.
It is none other than the south Korean confrontational maniacs who have put hurdles in the stable development of situation, irrespective of the historic north-south agreements.

The south Korean warmongers have staged non-stop different military exercises against the DPRK in collusion with foreign forces even after the adoption of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration.

After a secret joint infiltration drill targeting the underground nuclear facilities of the DPRK in particular, the commander of the U.S. forces in south Korea told a lawmaker that the drill "is not announced yet, but being intensified". His remarks clearly prove that the joint military exercises remain unchanged in their aggressive and provocative nature and are being carried out in an ever more cunning and outrageous way.

Moreover, the south Korean warmongers are keen on unprecedented arms buildup for increasing the anti-DPRK preemptive strike capability in the sky and land and on seas. This clearly shows who the arch criminal aggravating the tension in the Korean Peninsula is.
This being a hard fact, the south Korean conservatives dare to fault the DPRK and call for nullification of the north-south agreement, which is a height of shamelessness.
It is their sinister intention to turn the trend of situation back to the era of confrontation through "security crisis" racket and come back to power without fail by winning public support through the already worn-out "security" campaign.

The conservative forces are, indeed, the peace-wrecking and trigger-happy forces that make no scruple of bringing a horrible war to this land for their sake.
No matter how desperately the south Korean conservative forces including the "Liberal Korea Party" trumpet about "security", they are doomed to ruin.
The conservative group will never escape the stern judgment by history and the people as they have deliberately incited the instability of the situation and war crisis, seized with the ambition to return to power. -0-

Japan Should Atone for its Past Crimes for Its Future: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) -- The shamelessness of Japan denying its past criminal history has reached the extremes.
As it is known, the Japanese authorities responded to a south Korean court's ruling for reparation to the victims of the forcible drafting with such economic retaliatory measure as restrictions on exports to south Korea.

Japan totally denied the decision that targeted private businesses and responded to it with state retaliatory measure.
This is a clear revelation of Japan's intention not to make any acknowledgement, repentance and reparations for the thrice-cursed crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean nation in the past.

So tremendous crimes did Japan commit against history and humanity.
In the past century, the Japanese imperialists deprived Korea of its sovereignty. They abducted and drafted a lot of Koreans to drive them to the sites of slave labor and wars of aggression, massacred more than one million and enforced the sexual slavery for their imperial army to reduce 200 000 Korean women into "preys" for its lecherous soldiers.

Every page of Japan's crime-woven history is stained with the blood of the Korean nation.
Japan can never compensate fully to the Korean nation for human, material and moral damage, even though it offers its whole territory.

This being a fact, the Japanese reactionaries are doggedly sidestepping the settlement of the past, far from making a thorough apology and reparation to the Korean people, but are justifying the heinous crimes.

What cannot be concealed is the Abe group's sinister intention to create a political climate favorable to the forthcoming election for the House of Councilors and the militarist revival by fleeing from the past crimes forever and diverting elsewhere the domestic criticism focused on it.

Japan is legally and morally obliged to atone for its crime-woven past before the Korean nation and humanity.
The Japanese reactionaries are shamelessly calling for dialogue, though they are keen on committing sins only to anger the Korean nation.

Firm is the stand and will of the DPRK on the issue of Japan's atonement for its past crimes.
Japan has to make a proper apology and reparation for all the damage and suffering it inflicted on the Korean nation and it should clearly understand that without the apology and reparation, it will never get a ticket for Pyongyang.
Japan should atone for its crime-woven past for its future. -0-

Hack Media of S. Korea Urged to Uphold Impartiality in News Coverage: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 9 (KCNA) -- Representatives of the world's six leading news agencies openly criticized the south Korean conservative media's anti-DPRK reporting activities at a recent international seminar in Seoul.
Pointing to the misrepresentation of the DPRK by the conservative media, they said most of false stories about the DPRK are "cooked up by those seeking a regime change in north Korea and financial interests."
"Any important news about north Korea" from the conservative media must be verified thoroughly and it is better not to report things unconfirmed, they stressed.

Progressive media of south Korea strongly urge the ultra-right conservative media, which are obsessed with "hostility, hatred and prejudice about the north," to stop false reporting, blaming them for making up stories by exploiting the fact that it is impossible to confirm the truth.

It is quite natural for the reptile media to be rejected by the international community and the south Koreans as they becloud people's eyes and ears and disturb the media through anti-DPRK news stories packaged in falsity, deception and fabrication.

Objectivity, impartiality and accuracy are the lifeline of media.
Media can be trusted by the people only when they tell truth.
The media, which belong to the nation undergoing the tragedy of division, are obliged to hold high the writing brush of justice for national reconciliation, unity and reunification.

The south Korean conservative media have been branded as "trash media exploiting division" at home and abroad as they acted the trumpeter for the anti-reunification forces to malignantly slander the DPRK and stir up confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

They can never write off their inglorious past when they were branded as a wicked waiting maid serving the power, being lost to their obligation and appearance as proper media.
Particularly, when the nation suffered the great loss, they rubbed salt into the wounds of the compatriots in the north with all sorts of vituperation, a thrice-cursed crime against humanity.

By acting the servant for the group of conservative traitors like the "Liberal Korea Party", they have become the main player of the anti-DPRK farce which cavil at the historic north-south declarations and call for overall nullification of the north-south agreement in the military field.

Even at this moment, the conservative media are floating all sorts of ungrounded misstatements in their desperate bid to mar the image of the DPRK and stop the trend toward the national reconciliation and unity and peace on the Korean peninsula.

No wonder, voices calling on the south Korean media to boost objectivity in their news coverage with responsibility to contribute to building peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula are heard from the international arena.

Falsity can never win truth and no one can undermine the dignity of the DPRK nor can stem the dynamic advance toward independent reunification.
It is the truth of history that there is no future ahead of the traitors to the nation.
The reptile media seeking to bring the north-south relations back to the past days of confrontation should be wiped out immediately together with the conservative group. -0-

Double-Dealing Tactics Will Never Work: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- Japan's double-dealing attitude of trumpeting about policy for negotiations with the DPRK on one hand and of getting bent on sanctions and pressure on the other hand has aroused suspicion of the international community.

The Japan Liberal Democratic Party included such malicious and provocative phrases as "maximum pressure", "complete abandonment of nuclear and missile development" and "immediate repatriation of all abductees" in its commitment over the election of members of the House of Councilors on June 7.

The election commitment of the ruling political party led by incumbent Prime Minister Abe offers a glimpse to the Japanese government's future DPRK policy.
The Japanese reactionaries' deep-running hostility toward the DPRK can never change just as a crow can not be whiter for often washing.

Japan has long been divested of its justification and qualifications to get involved in the present trend for detente as it had done great disservice, steadily fanning up the exacerbation of the situation on the Korean peninsula.
Japan has struggled hard to get rid of "alienation", trumpeting about "cost for denuclearization" only to be snubbed by the public at home and abroad.

Recently the heavyweights of the Japanese government get vocal for sort of dialogue to give impression that there is a change in the policy toward the DPRK and in its attitude to negotiations. But the discrepancy in its words and acts has instead touched off greater suspicion.

As proven by the situation it is Japan which is keen on the futile sanctions racket, imploring for tightened pressure on the DPRK in the international arena and intensifying military actions in the region as never before.
The Japanese government's DPRK policy is the height of shamelessness and double-sidedness. Double-dealing tactics will never work.

The Liberal Democratic Party's election commitment to diplomacy commanding the globe is truly doubtful as Japan now finds itself in utterly deplorable situation of being ostracized in the region.
It had better learn elementary ethics of political diplomacy. -0-

S. Korean Authorities Should Break with Idea of Confrontation: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- Recently, the U.S. Strategic Command made public that the south Korean military authorities took part for the first time in the nuclear attack drill Global Thunder that took place secretly at an air force base in North Dakota State, U.S. in November last year.

As known, Global Thunder drill is an annual global nuclear war drill that has been conducted in secrecy under the direction of the U.S. Strategic Command with the involvement of the 5th Bombing Group with B-52Hs and the 91st Missile Group with Minuteman-3s.

The U.S. had openly claimed in 2017 that one of the main purposes of the Global Thunder drill is to get familiar with the operation for striking the nuclear facilities in the DPRK.
Then, we cannot but ask the south Korean military authorities what happened in the Korean peninsula last year.

They signed the historic April 27 Panmunjom Declaration, the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration and the north-south agreement on military field last year. However, they went so shameless as to take part in the U.S. nuclear attack drill aimed at a preemptive attack on the DPRK behind the scene. This is another perfidious act against the compatriots in the north.

Such act is just one of many typical examples of disguised hostile acts persisted in by the south Korean military in collusion with the U.S. against the trend of the north-south reconciliation and peace.

The south Korean military, failing to drop the past evil habit of perpetrating military provocations, has ceaselessly conducted joint military drills in collusion with the U.S. against the DPRK though they had to be ceased.

The U.S.-south Korea joint military drill Alliance 19-1 and joint air drill were conducted in March and April this year. And plans of war drills against the DPRK are being mapped out even at this moment.
Nevertheless, the south Korean military is asserting that the military drills conducted by the army of the DPRK within its territorial land and waters under its regular drill plan are running counter to the idea of the north-south agreement on military field.

This is just the height of shamelessness.
The south Korean military is pursuing military confrontation, far from making efforts to develop the north-south relations and preserve peace and security on the Korean peninsula. This proves that the south Korean military doesn't actually want north-south reconciliation and cooperation and peace.

The above-said disguised act of the south Korean military, to say nothing of the open hostile acts they committed so far, constitutes an unpardonable provocation against the compatriots in the north. It draws bitterer disillusion and anger of all Koreans.

Dark cloud comes before a storm.

The south Korean authorities should cleanse themselves of the black-hearted confrontational idea and take a proper stand to honestly implement the north-south declarations and the agreement on military field.
All Koreans will never pardon the confrontational moves of the south Korean military going against the trend of north-south reconciliation and peace. -0-

Trump Administration - from DPRK, China, Russia to Iran to Venezuela - Threats and Sanctions Everywhere - a Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold

By Peter Koenig on 2019-05-16

As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10 % to 25%. It is an action without any foundation.
An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate - and retaliate much stronger than what the impact of the US¡¯s new ¡°sanctions¡± may bear- because these arbitrary tariffs are nothing else but sanctions.

Illegality of such foreign interference aside, there is hardly any serious economist in this world, who would favor tariffs in international trade among ¡°adults¡± anywhere and for any reason, and, of course, least as a punishment for a nation.
All that such sanctions do is pushing a partner away. In this case it¡¯s not just any partner; China is a key trading partner of the United States.

The new tariffs will hardly harm the American consumer. There are huge profit margins by US middlemen and importers of Chinese goods.
They are competing with each other within the US ? and the consumer may not even notice a thing.

However, the US economy will likely suffer, especially from Chinese retaliatory actions.
A spoiled child, what Trump is, doesn¡¯t get his way - and goes into a tantrum, not quite knowing what he is doing, and knowing even less what he may expect in return.

Mr. Trump himself, has not only reached a level of incompetence and ignorance which is scary - but he has also surrounded himself with inept, preposterous people, like, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo - who, it appears, have no other means left than running around the world amok, dishing out threats left and right ? and spending billions on moving aircraft carriers around the globe to make sure people are afraid of the great-great United States of America.

Back to trading with China. China has a million ways (almost) to retaliate. China can devalue her currency vis-?-vis the dollar, or China can dump some of their almost 3 trillion dollars-worth of reserves on the money market ? just take a wild guess about what that would do to the hegemony of the dollar which is already in dire straits ? with ever more countries departing from the use of dollars for international trade.

And just hypothetically, China could stop altogether exporting all that Walmart junk that American consumers love so much ? just for a while.
Or China could stop making iPhones for the US market. Guess what kind of an uproar that would trigger in the US? ?
Or China could of course, levy herself high tariffs on US imports, or stop US imports altogether. China being part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ? actually the co-founder of it ? has many alternatives to cover her demand. No need to depend on the west.

Let¡¯s not forget, the SCO which also counts as its members, Russia, India, Pakistan, most of Central Asia, and Iran poised to become a full-fledged member - covers about half of the world population and a third of the world¡¯s economic output, or GDP.

No need to look to the west for ¡®survival¡¯ - those times are long gone.
But more importantly, what all this looks like to me ? is the desperate thrashing around of a dying beast, or in this case a dying empire.

We have the US and Venezuela - threats after threats after threats - Maduro must go, or more sanctions. Indeed, according to a study by the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), these horrifying, totally illegal sanctions or blockages of imports, most of them already paid for by Venezuela, have killed some 40,000 people in Venezuela.

Of course, Washington doesn¡¯t care about legality and killing, also typical for a fading mighty power - no respect for law and order, no respect for human rights and human lives.
One only has to see what type of psychopaths are occupying the tasks of ¡°Foreign Minister¡± and of ¡°National Security Advisor¡± or of Vice President, for that matter - they are all sick, but very sick and dangerous people.

Well, in Venezuela ¡°regime change¡± didn¡¯t work out - so far. Pompeo has been clearly told off by Mr. Lavrov during their recent get-together in Helsinki ? and China is in the same line of supporting the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Next ? Iran.

Attacking Iran has been a dream of Bolton¡¯s ever since the US 2003 ¡°Shock and Awe¡± invasion of Iraq.
Bolton and Pompeo are of the same revolting kind: They want wars, conflicts, or if they don¡¯t get wars, they want to sow fear, they enjoy seeing people scared.

They want suffering.

Now they didn¡¯t succeed - at least so far - with Venezuela, let¡¯s try Iran. Pompeo - ¡°Iran has done irregular things¡± - not saying what in particular he means - so Iran has to be punished, with yet more sanctions. And any argument is good.

The entire world knows, including the Vienna-base UN Economic Energy Commission, and has acknowledged umpteen times that Iran has fully adhered to the conditions of the Nuclear Deal from which the US exited a year ago.
Of course, no secret here either, this at the demand of Trump¡¯s Big Friend Bibi Netanyahu.

The European Union vassals may actually turn for their own business interests, not for political ethics, but pure and simple self-interest - towards respecting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Nuclear Deal.
China and Russia are already holding on to the Deal, and they are not impressed by Washington¡¯s threats.

So, there is very little Trump and his minions can do, other than saber rattling.
Therefore, the nefarious Pence-Pompeo-Bolton trio must invent another warning: Iran or any proxy of Iran shall attack an ally of the US, and Iran will be devastated.
In fact, they consider the Houthis in Yemen who fight for their sheer survival against the US-UK-France - and NATO supported Saudis, as a proxy for Iran. So, the US could start bombing Iran already today.

Why don¡¯t they?

Maybe they are afraid ? afraid Iran could lock down the Strait of Hormuz, where 60% of US oil imports have to sail through.
What a disaster that would be, not just for the US but also for the rest of the world. Oil prices could skyrocket.
Would Washington want to risk a war over their irrationality? ? Maybe, Mr. Halfwit Trump might, but I doubt that his deep-dark state handlers would.

They know what¡¯s at stake for them and the world. But they let Trump play his games a bit longer.
Moving the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, loaded with war planes, close to Iranian waters costs hundreds of millions or billions.

Just to enhance a threat.

A show-off. Bolton and Pompeo will entertain their sadism, enjoying seeing scared people. But the cost of war doesn¡¯t matter - it¡¯s just more debt, and as we know, the US never, but never pays back its debt.
Next - or simultaneously is China. The trade war with China that started last year, then had a respite to the point of the recent joint negotiations ? and suddenly the Trumpians are veering off again. They must smash China, wanting to appear superior.

But why?

The world knows that the US are no longer superior by a long shot, and haven¡¯t been for the last couple of years, when China surpassed the US in economic strength, measured by PPP = Purchasing Power Parity ? which is the only parity or exchange rate that has any real meaning.

Guess what! ? All these three cases have one common denominator: The dollar as a chief instrument for world hegemony.
Venezuela and Iran have stopped using the dollar for their hydrocarbon and other international trading, already some years ago.
And so did China and Russia. China¡¯s strong currency, the Yuan, is rapidly taking over the US-dollar¡¯s reserve position in the world. Sanctioning China with insane tariffs is supposed to weaken the Yuan; but it won¡¯t.

All of these three countries, China, Iran and Venezuela are threatening the US dollar¡¯s world hegemony ? and without that the US economy is dead, literally.

The dollar is based on thin air, and on fraud ? the dollar system used around the globe is nothing but a huge, a very big and monstrous Ponzi-scheme, that one day must be coming crashing down.
That¡¯s what¡¯s at stake. New FED Board member, Herman Cain, for example, is pledging for a new gold standard.
But none of these last resort US measure will work, not a new gold standard, not a trade and tariff war, and not threats of wars and destruction and ¡°regime change¡±.

The nations around the world know what¡¯s going on, they know the US is in her last breath; though they don¡¯t quite dare saying so ? but they know it, and are waiting for the downfall to continue.
The world is waiting for the grand fiesta, dancing in the streets, when the empire disappears ? or becomes utterly irrelevant.

Ed: Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a water resources and environmental specialist. He worked for over 30 years with the World Bank and the World Health Organization around the world in the fields of environment and water.
He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for Global Research; ICH; RT; Sputnik; PressTV; The 21st Century; TeleSUR; The Saker Blog, the New Eastern Outlook (NEO); and other internet sites.
He is the author of Implosion - An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed - fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! ? Essays from the Resistance.
Peter Koenig is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.
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KCNA Commentary Terms U.S.-S. Korea Joint Military Exercises Aggressive, Not Defensive

Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) -- The U.S. and the south Korean authorities keep pushing the situation of the Korean peninsula and the region to an undesirable phase, defying public criticism and opposition at home and abroad.

As known, the U.S. and the south Korean military war-like forces mull staging Alliance 19-2 exercises to replace Ulji Freedom Guardian in coming August, not content with holding Alliance 19-1 that replaced Key Resolve exercises in March.
This is a crude violation of the agreement reached at the historic north-south summit and the DPRK-U.S. summit and a provocative act to chill the hard-won atmosphere of peace on the Korean peninsula.

At the historic Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit the U.S. officially stated and declared before the world that it would suspend the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises which are regarded as a provocation by the DPRK during the period when the DPRK-U.S. dialogue is under way.

The south Korean authorities also welcomed it and committed themselves to positively taking practical measures for lasting and durable peace at several contacts with the DPRK.
But those perfidious forces in the U.S. and south Korea backtracked on the commitment they made with the DPRK and are justifying their offending project while touting "cut-down" in the size of the exercises and terming it "defensive".

This can not but be viewed as an intolerable mockery and insult to the desire and wish of the public for peace on the Korean peninsula.
Those forces are mistaken if they think they can conceal the provocative and aggressive nature of the exercises by changing the codename of the exercises and cutting down their size.

It is a unanimous view of the international community that despite the reduction in size, the U.S. and south Korea will get further braced up in the military aspect.
This is proven by the announcement by the U.S. Department of Defence that "the military preparedness will be kept as usual despite the adjustment of the large-scale combined military exercises" and the statement by the south Korean military authorities that "size is not important and the programme of the exercises will be further substantiated as the exercises will be based on computer simulation".

Moreover, Alliance 19-2 exercises envisages an attack drill meant "rebuff" and the south Korean military plans to reflect the expansion of armed forces deployment to the whole areas of the northern half of Korea in its "future ground force redeployment plan". This betrays the warlike forces' intention to stifle the DPRK.

The situation clearly proves that the joint military exercises constitute an aggression war, not for defence, and an unpardonable act of hostility toward the DPRK, the dialogue partner.
We are closely following the double-sided acts of the U.S. and the south Korean authorities getting intent on making the case for discord behind the scene, despite their lip-service for "peace" and "dialogue".

The U.S. and the south Korean authorities had better think twice, mindful that their thoughtless saber-rattling will bring miserable repentance and catastrophic results only. -0-