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Dangerous Moves to Revise Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Guidelines under Fire

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

   Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) -- Japan and the United States are contemplating to revise the "Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines" adopted in 1997. It is said that the guidelines to be revised contain the issue of expanding tie-ups between the two countries in overseas military operations under the signboard of "peace-keeping", the development of the MD system and the collection and exchange of information materials. Rodong Sinmun Friday in a signed article terms the new guidelines a U.S.-Japan joint aggressive military action program which is drawn up to launch a worldwide "war on terrorism".
    The article goes on:
    The Japanese reactionaries framed up the guidelines in 1978 and used them as a tool for aggression against the former Soviet Union. But after the end of the Cold War the guidelines cannot go down with the latter. While talking about the DPRK's non-existent "missile threat" and "suspected underground nuclear facilities" in 1999, they adopted laws concerning guidelines under the pretext of countering them. With this they have regained the right of belligerency they gave up in terms of the constitution and laid a legal ground for overseas aggression.
    Their attempt to revise the guidelines is pursuant to the intensified moves of the U.S. and Japan for military integration in the new century.
    In recent years the U.S. and Japan have further completed the framework for aggressive alliance. And they have pushed forward the joint development of the MD system. They have escalated joint military exercises and stepped up the realignment of the U.S. forces in Japan. This has turned the combination of the commands of the three services of the U.S. and Japan and the integration of their commanding system into reality. The U.S. and the Japanese reactionaries are now seeking to revise the guidelines to suit it.
    One of the U.S. major objectives in the revision of the guidelines is to use the Japanese armed forces in carrying out its "anti-terrorist war" strategy.
    Meanwhile, the Japanese reactionaries are keen to finally examine and complete their preparations for reinvasion of Korea with the revision of the guidelines.
    The present guidelines are the Japan-U.S. common scenario for a new war of aggression on Korea and relevant laws are to legalize the scenario.
    The aggressors against the DPRK will certainly face death and ruin.

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