Pyongyang, July 6 (KCNA) — All cases of vandalism and looting of cultural properties committed by Japan in Korea in the past were the worst crimes against civilization and humanity which could be committed only by the most despicable, cruel and barbarous aggressors and imperialists.
Rodong Sinmun Thursday says this in a signed commentary. It goes on:
More than 60 years have passed since the defeat of the robber-like Japanese imperialists. However, the Japanese reactionaries have not yet admitted the above-said plunder and vandalism of cultural prosperities unprecedented in human history but have worked hard to justify them.
The Committee for Retaking Rijosillok (the true records of the Ri Dynasty) was formed in south Korea after the north and the south succeeded in retrieving by their concerted efforts the monument to the victory in battle in the northern area of Korea during the Imjin Patriotic War which had been taken by the Japanese imperialists to Japan. It is natural that the struggle for the retrieval of the looted cultural treasures and other actions have gained momentum and Koreans have become more assertive that all kinds of cultural treasures looted by foreign forces be retrieved by their concerted efforts.
All Koreans in the north and the south and overseas should wage a more vigorous struggle to retrieve the looted cultural properties from foreign forces, aware that it is an important task facing the nation to defend its dignity and sovereignty and preserve its history, culture and national character.
The U.S. imperialists plundered Korea of many cultural treasures. They and the Japanese reactionaries should clearly understand the will of the Korean nation, apologize for their aggression and plunder perpetrated in Korea and unconditionally return all of the looted cultural treasures, the commentary demands.
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