Pyongyang, April 7 (KCNA) — The Japanese reactionaries should immediately stop their reckless campaign against the DPRK and the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), clearly mindful of the gravity of such racket and the serious consequences to be entailed by it, urges Rodong Sinmun Friday in a signed commentary.
Accusing the Japanese reactionaries of deliberately linking the “abduction issue” to Chongryon and pressurizing the DPRK over it, the commentary terms this an intolerable political provocation.
Japan is brutally cracking down on Chongryon despite the fact that it brought unspeakable misfortune and disasters to the Koreans in the past. This is little short of committing double crimes against them.
By nature, the Japanese government is under legal and moral obligations to ensure Chongryon its activities and protect the life of Koreans in Japan from a historical point of view.
Japan’s harsh suppression of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan is a wanton violation of the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration and a serious infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK.
The Japanese prime minister repeatedly expressed his stand not to allow any discrimination against the Koreans in Japan but treat them in a friendly manner at a time when the declaration was adopted and on several other occasions. The Japanese government, too, reconfirmed this at the DPRK-Japan inter-governmental talks for the normalization of their relations held in Beijing in February.
Nonetheless, Japan styling itself a “law-governed country”, has perpetrated the fascist suppression of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan in a brigandish way even by mobilizing state force and increased its pressure upon the DPRK, deliberately linking the already settled “abduction issue” to Chongryon. How mean and base it is.
Japan should know well that there is a limit to the patience of the Korean people.
It is their will to certainly force the Japanese imperialists, their sworn enemy, to pay for the indelible crimes committed against them a thousand times.
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