Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) — The “regulations on preserving historic spots and relics” proclaimed by the Japanese imperialists on July 4, 1916 was a criminal state document Japan cooked up to destroy the culture of Korea and exterminate its nation. Minju Joson Tuesday says this in a signed commentary. It goes on: On the strength of these regulations the Japanese imperialists set up mechanisms that specialized in looting the cultural treasures and robbed Korea of countless material and intellectual properties of culture during their occupation of it. They vandalized what they could not take away to Japan. Through such plunder and destruction of cultural relics they sought a sinister and criminal purpose to make the resourceful Korean nation part of the Yamato nation and enslave the Koreans.
Such being a stark fact, the Japanese reactionaries have not yet admitted such hideous plunder and vandalism of cultural relics but worked hard to justify them, although 60 years have passed since the defeat of Japan. Worse still, they are keen to stage a comeback to Korea.
The issue of cultural relics the Japanese imperialists looted from Korea still remains an unhealable wound in the minds of Koreans.
Such tragedy as looting and vandalism of cultural relics and artifacts by the U.S. imperialist aggressors is still going on in south Korea.
The U.S. imperialists and the Japanese reactionaries should apologize for looting and destroying cultural treasures of the Korean nation and unconditionally return all of them to it.
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