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Japan Urged to Redress Its Past Crimes

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) — The Japanese imperialists fabricated the “Ulsa (1905) Five-Point Treaty” on November 17, 1905 at the point of bayonet, thus laying bare their true colors as the sworn enemy of the Korean people, says Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary.

It was due to this treaty that the Koreans who had led a happy and comfortable life in this land as a homogeneous nation, proud of its 5,000-year-long history, came to be exploited and trampled down by the Japanese imperialists and were forced to shed blood, it says and goes on:

After fabricating the treaty, the Japanese imperialists cooked up the Jongmi (1907) Seven-Point Treaty to seize the power to administer internal affairs of Korea.

The “Ulsa Five-Point Treaty” was an illegal and invalid document for aggression.

The Japanese imperialist robbers fabricated the treaty by cracking down upon opponents at the point of bayonet, employing deceptive tricks, wirepulling pro-Japanese traitors and stealing a seal, etc. This was unprecedented brutality which could be committed only by the Japanese imperialists.

The treaty was quite contrary to the provisions of the law concerning the conclusion of any treaty instituted by the Korean government at that time and those of international law. Japan is, however, talking about “legitimacy” and “legality” of this illegal document of aggression though nearly a hundred years have passed since its fabrication. This is, indeed, a blatant denial of history by those who are keen on advocating the militarist idea of aggression. The Korean people’s grudge against the Japanese imperialists is so towering that it can hardly be vented.

Japan’s increased efforts to cover up its past aggression of Korea would only bedevil the DPRK-Japan relations. The DPRK stands for improved relations with Japan but does not press it to have good relations with Pyongyang.

The DPRK-Japan relations can not improve unless Japan redresses its past crimes.

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