Pyongyang, April 29 (KCNA) — It was disclosed recently that in 1994 the Japan Defence Agency conducted a mock preemptive strike exercise under the
simulated conditions of “countering the missile attack” of the DPRK.
The exercise required fighters of the Air “Self-Defence Force” to fly close to their destination at super-high altitude, supported by the U.S. forces in gathering information about the “enemy” and “neutralizing its ground radars,” before “attacking its missile bases” at a low altitude and flying back at super-high altitude.
It also envisaged the event in which fighters ran out of fuel. In this case they were required to get an in-flight refueling from the U.S. forces or land on the base of the U.S. forces present in south Korea. The event also called on a pilot to parachute from his plane to the sea to be rescued by a warship of the “Self-Defence Forces”.
Commenting on the mock exercise, the military officers concerned were reported to have concluded that “there was no problem from the military point of view.”
This goes to irrefutably prove that the Japanese reactionaries’ theory of “preemptive strike” under the pretext of the DPRK’s “missile threat” has long been pushed forward.
As the DPRK has clarified more than once, its armed forces for self-defence including missiles are means for just self-defence as they are aimed at protecting the national sovereignty and security from the evermore undisguised moves of the hostile forces to stifle it.
It made it clear that its armed forces will never be a threat to Japan as long as the latter refrains from hostile acts against the former, respecting its sovereignty. The mock preemptive strike exercise conducted by Japan against the DPRK already long ago indicates what its loudmouthed “threat of missiles” from the DPRK is after.
Lurking behind it is a sinister plot of the Japanese reactionaries to accelerate its militarization in a bid to realize its wild ambition for staging a comeback to Korea and the rest of Asia at any cost, backed by the U.S.
As was the case with the previous exercises, this mock operation drill presupposed “strong support from the U.S.”
This was the militarist way of thinking and style of action peculiar to the Japanese reactionaries steeped in pro-Americanism to the marrow of their bones.
Through its active involvement in the establishment of the U.S. missile defence system (MD) Japan seeks to secure an “unchallenged position” as a military giant fully capable of applying the U.S. doctrine of “preemptive strike.”
It has stepped up a joint research for developing the MD with the U.S. since 1999 as part of its move. It had equipped four Aegis warships of the Maritime “Self-Defence Force” with “Standard-3” type missiles and fitted 27 launching pads of the Air “Self-Defence Force” with “PAC-2” type missiles by 2003.
In terms of missile strike and interceptor Japan is the only country that possesses up-to-date Aegis warships except the U.S.
Japan is the fifth largest military power in the world. Having secured war means more huge both in quality and quantity than in the “Cold War” period, Japan has a military force and system capable of undertaking a preemptive strike at the DPRK.
Meanwhile, the Japanese reactionaries are free to let loose the war outcries that Japan may fight a war against north Korea and it should make a preemptive strike at north Korea even with the U.S. support before Japan is engulfed in a sea of fire due to the north Korean missile strike.
All facts go to prove that Japan is in the process of translating the scenario of preemptive strike at the DPRK, pursuant to the “Bush doctrine” which formally calls for a preemptive strike after the “Sept. 11 incident” and the possibility of the SDF’s automatic involvement in the operation into a reality. It is the unanimous comment of the international community at present that the Japanese reactionaries may follow in the footsteps of the U.S., which had mounted a preemptive attack on Iraq even in the absence of the imminent threat, as they believe that “the principle of exclusive defence” has long been reduced to a dead one.
Japan was defeated in the Pacific War it launched in a bid to become “the leader of Asia” and it is the only country in the world which has not shaken off the ill-fame of an “enemy state” though 60 years have passed since its defeat.
Should Japan keep running wild in pursuance of the U.S. policy to stifle the DPRK, oblivious of its historical lesson, it will have to pay a high price for this.
The army and people of the DPRK will never tolerate the Japanese reactionaries’ attempt at “preemptive attack” but mobilize all means to finally settle accounts with them.
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