Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) — Persistent moves of the Japanese reactionaries to evade the liquidation of the past under an unreasonable pretext are a clear expression of their anti-DPRK campaign proceeding from the militarist viewpoint.
Rodong Sinmun Sunday says this in a signed article. .
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Their moves to hush up the issue of the settlement of the past with the “abduction issue” are a shameful plot to evade the responsibility for Japan’s past crimes. There is no ground for Japan to make a pretext regarding the settlement of the past.
They are pursuing an ulterior intention to impair the image of the DPRK with a racket over the “abduction issue” and obtain its concession in the settlement of the pending issues between the DPRK and Japan. .
Their racket is a premeditated provocation to bar the settlement of the past and drive the DPRK-Japan relations to confrontation and conflict. .
The issue of normalizing the DPRK-Japan relations is neither a political bargaining nor an issue beneficial or harmful to anybody. The DPRK has no idea to improve relations with Japan if it does not want to do. The Japanese reactionaries raise the “abduction issue” not worthy of debate as a precondition for normalization of the DPRK-Japan relations in a bid to incite confrontation and coil up tensions and to be hostile toward the DPRK. .
We have no intention to aggravate relations with Japan, but cannot but take a hard-line step now that it is viciously slandering us and intensifying its hostile policy toward the DPRK and its moves for reinvasion. .
The frantic campaign conducted by the Japanese reactionaries against the DPRK under an unreasonable pretext will be as foolish as to make a mess of the future of Japan by themselves.
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