Pyongyang, January 21 (KCNA) -- 97 years have passed since the Japanese imperialists poisoned Kojong, emperor of Feudal Korea.
In those days the Japanese imperialists left no means untried to
make legitimate the "Ulsa (1905) Five-point Treaty, a product of their
policy of colonizing Korea, and but faced strong opposition of Kojong.
Kojong stubbornly rejected the treaty, declaring that "he would not
accept it, though he may die at the Royal Ancestral Shrine as to allow
the conclusion of the treaty is little short of pushing the country to
Well aware of the fact that the treaty fabricated through fraud and
swindle could take effect only after Emperor Kojong examined and
ratified it, Hirobumi Ito, chieftain of aggression, made desperate
efforts to force the emperor to sign it and put the seal of the state on
Meanwhile, Kojong categorically rejected the "treaty" to the last
and conducted secret diplomacy to have it nullified. In 1907 three
emissaries of Kojong such as Ri Jun went to the 2nd International Peace
Conference where they declared "the treaty" null and void and laid bare
the Japanese imperialists' crude infringement upon Korea's sovereignty.
Japan regarded such incident as an occasion of finally depriving Emperor Kojong of his authority.
Ito hatched a plot in real earnest to dethrone Kojong, absurdly
claiming that it was mockery and insult to Japan that Korea dispatched
emissaries to the international conference without the permit of the
"resident-general" as the latter "transferred" the right to diplomacy to
On Jan. 22, 1919 the Japanese imperialists finally poisoned 67 years
old Kojong and killed two waiting maids who had witnessed how he was
In 1921, the truth about the poisoning of Kojong was disclosed by
the "2nd declaration on independence" worked out and published by the
"Korean Provisional Government" in Shanghai and the personal letter from
a child of Kojong's concubine.
Recorded in the diary of Yuzaburo Kuratomi, director of the auditing
bureau at Japan's royal office in 1919, which was opened to public at
an international scientific symposium a few years ago is information
that he was told that Terauchi, the first "governor-general" of Japan in
Korea, ordered Hasekawa to poison Emperor Kojong for adamantly refusing
to recognize the treaty.
The Japanese imperialists' poisoning of Kojong, supreme
representative of the then sovereign state, was a blatant encroachment
upon Korea's sovereignty, unprecedented state-sponsored terrorism and
unpardonable insult to the Korean people.
All the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against the
Korean people during the whole period of their occupation of Korea were
thrice-cursed crimes against humanity.
Japan is obliged to admit its state and legal responsibility for its
war crimes and hideous unethical crimes including the sexual slavery
and make honest apology and reparation acceptable to all victims.
However, it is claiming that the "issue of the sexual slavery was
finally and irreversibly settled" through the recent "agreement" made
with south Korea to settle the issue of the sexual slavery for the
Imperial Japanese Army.
It was the international hideous crime against humanity that Japan
forced women of various countries including at least 200 000 Korean
women into sexual service.
"The agreement" is intended to cover up the sexual slavery with
deceptive apology and payment of a petty amount of money. It is
absolutely intolerable as it is a product of politically motivated
bargain in which international justice and victims' just demands were
Japan would be well advised to seriously repent of its past crimes
committed against the Korean nation and make honest apology and
reparation and stop at once taking the lead in the anti-DPRK campaign,
while whetting the sword of reinvasion. -0