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KCNA Slams Japan's Hostile Policy toward DPRK

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

   Pyongyang, August 17 (KCNA) -- Japan's hostile campaign against the DPRK has gone beyond the danger line recently. The Japan Liberal Democratic Party is working hard to pass the "bill on special measure for implementing the regulation on the specified financial transactions" through the Diet after deciding on its "outlines". Meanwhile, the government is tightening the financial sanctions including control on the remittance to the DPRK and going busy laying a "siege" to the DPRK through an "alliance" with forces hostile to it.
    Moreover, radical politicians who do not hesitate to bluster that they would not rule out the possibility of preemptive attack on the DPRK are emerging powerful candidates for next term prime ministership in Japan. This is a true picture of Japan.
    The Japanese reactionaries have become all the more undisguised in their campaign against the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon).
    The Japan Ministry of Public Management, not content with canceling or downplaying the measure to exempt facilities related to Chongryon in 24 cities from paying fixed property taxes this year, investigated 140 autonomous bodies across the country which has Chongryon-related facilities and forced all of them to reexamine the measure of tax exemption.
    Japan has already banned the entry of "Mangyongbong-92" and cases of violence against Korean students numbered more than 60 recently.
    Japan has long pursued a hostile policy toward the DPRK but the relations of hostility between the two countries have never reached such point of explosion.
    What matters is Japan's hysteric way of thinking concerning the DPRK.
    It is frantically applying sanctions against the DPRK and suppressing Chongryon, pursuant to the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK, in a bid to spark off a chaotic situation in the region and fish in troubled waters.
    Japan is accustomed to meeting its own interests at the sacrifice of others to hold supremacy. Its ulterior intention is to get the following political gains: to divert the attention of the international community elsewhere and shirk off its responsibility for the redemption of its past which it has dodged though the last century was replaced by the new century, court the U.S. favor by executing its hostile policy toward the DPRK more faithfully than others and help reactionaries get more votes for the next term prime ministership by inciting nationalist sentiment at home and stoking bitterness towards the DPRK among Japanese.
    This objective prompted them to bedevil the DPRK-Japan relations and push them to those in the period of confrontation.
    Japan's settlement of its past wrongs, a product of the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule in the last century, still remains an outstanding issue between the DPRK and Japan.
    What is important for Japan to regain its political and moral face is to draw a lesson taught by the bitter history in the last century and make honest compensation to those countries which fell victim to its aggression.
    Japan intensified the suppression of Koreans in Japan, direct victims of the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule in the past, and their descendents whenever the situation grew tenser on the Korean Peninsula. This is little different from the way militarist Japan enforced its harsh colonial rule in the last century.
    Japan's cry for sanctions against the DPRK and suppressive campaign only bring its weakness into bolder relief.
    No country can win the confidence of the international community as it wishes and no gimmick can ever alter history.
    Japan would be well advised to reflect on its wrongs and apologize for them before slandering and keeping watchful eyes on its neighboring countries.

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