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Japan's Smear Campaign against DPRK and China Debunked

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 11 (KCNA) -- Minju Joson Tuesday carries a signed commentary denouncing Japan for slinging mud at the DPRK and China while making a terrific uproar over "military threat." Shortly ago, the Defense Institute of the Japan Defense Agency in an annual report dubbed 2006 Northeast Asia Strategy Review let loose the far-fetched allegation that the DPRK's "weapons of mass destruction", ballistic missiles and nuclear issues and China's steady increase of military capabilities remained "a factor of regional instability," adding that it was necessary to reorganize the U.S. forces in the Pacific intended for "deterrence and rapid deployment" and build a highly flexible defense system in the Japan Self-Defense Forces, the commentary notes, and goes on: Japan's assessment of the DPRK and China as elements harassing peace and stability in Northeast Asia is a gross distortion of reality.
    The DPRK and China, both developing countries, have keen interests in regional peace and stability. Therefore, it is illogical to say that they go for harassing peace As for the issues over which Japan is kicking up a big fuss, they are, to all intents and purposes, means and measures for self-defense adopted to augment their defense potential and safeguard peace.
    In fact, huge military forces stand in confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and the DPRK and the U.S. are still technically at war. It is entirely thanks to the DPRK's powerful self-defensive means including nuclear deterrent that peace has been preserved on the peninsula.
    It is an evil habit peculiar to Japan to draw waters to its own mills at the expense of others.
    Japan's claim that the stance of prompt reaction involving the accelerated modernization and beefing up of armaments should be rounded off to cope with "military threats from north Korea and China" is a third-rate sophism that can work with nobody.
    Japan's arms buildup is not aimed to counter threats but to make preparations for a war of aggression.
    The Japanese reactionaries should immediately stop hare-brained plot-breeding, pondering over the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its policy for military hegemony.

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