Pyongyang, March 14 (KCNA) — Recently the ultra-right conservatives of Japan called a meeting of the “special team for the solution to the abduction issue” at the prime minister’s residence, at which they stressed the need to intensify information activities and get “support from the world” for the “settlement of the issue”. They also called for publishing a booklet on the issue in different languages and distributing its copies among other countries. Then they arranged a press conference as regards the above-said meeting.
Commenting on such row kicked up at the tacit connivance of the authorities and under their patronage, newspapers here today term it a despicable and poor charade staged as part of the U.S. anti-DPRK smear campaign.
To repeat, like a parrot, just what the U.S. claims is an inveterate habit of the Japanese reactionary forces toeing the U.S. line, Rodong Sinmun says, and goes on:
It is the height of folly for Japan to evade its responsibility to redress its crime-woven past by using the “abduction issue” as a smoke-screen.
As far as the abduction issue is concerned, it is an important matter for which we should take Japan to task. Had Japan felt guilty even in the least of the hideous crimes it committed against humanity in the past, and had an iota of willingness to repent of them, it would not have dared to deny and embellish them. The relations between the DPRK and Japan have not yet improved but deteriorated due to the wrong behavior of Japan persistently evading the settlement of the past.
That is why Japan is censured as a politically and morally base country. If it persists in its efforts to evade the settlement of the past, it will stand further isolated internationally.
Japan should be mindful of this and opt for liquidating its past at an early date.
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