Saturday, 24 September 2016

Japan's Moves to Emerge Military Giant Should Not Be Allowed: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, September 24 (KCNA) -- Japan's moves to emerge a military giant have reached a grave phase.
    Recently the Defense Ministry of Japan formally announced that the first joint drill of fighters of the Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" and the UK Air Force would be held in the sky above Japan from the middle of October.
    This is part of the moves of the Japanese reactionaries to convert Japan into a military giant as they are working hard to realize their militarist ambition at any cost with the backing of the U.S. keen to dominate the world. They are naturally arousing high vigilance among regional countries.
    No matter what fig-leaf Japan uses to hide the nature of the projected drill, no country in the region would be taken in by it.
    Japan is a war criminal which imposed immeasurable misfortune and pain upon the Asian people including Koreans through ceaseless wars of aggression in the last century.
    Japan is the only shameless country in the world which has persistently denied its state obligation to make an apology and reparation to those countries which suffered from its aggression, refusing to admit its crimes in the past.
    Nevertheless, Japan is putting spurs to the moves to turn itself into a military giant though it is the defeated nation which is banned from having any right to belligerency or right to participate in a war and a regular army by its Constitution.
    Japan expanded to worldwide the scope of actions of its "Self-Defense Forces" (SDF) which had been limited to its vicinity through the revision of the "Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Guidelines" and adoption of "security legislation". It is now allowed to exercise the "right to collective self-defense" under the pretext of military support to allies.
    The present Japanese government is going busy developing and purchasing modern weapons and equipment. It shaped a defense budget for fiscal 2017 amounting to 51.6 billion U.S. dollars, an all-time high in its history. Its SDF is staging ceaseless military drills in the sky and on the ground and sea.
    Japan has never dropped its wild ambition for becoming "leader of East Asia" with the backing of big powers. Just as Japanese public disclosed, "the ulterior goal of the Abe Cabinet is to fight a war alongside the U.S., unhindered overseas."
    In-fight tankers will be massively involved in the upcoming joint drill, going beyond the scope of "defending the territory." This fact clearly shows Japan's militarist ambition for reinvading Asian countries.
    It is as clear as noonday that what horrible misfortune and pain will bring to humankind if Japan ignites a war of aggression again.
    Japan is, indeed, a destabilizing factor and fascist state in the East as it is creating military tension in Asia and gravely threatening world peace and security.
    What should not be overlooked is that the UK is joining in the criminal moves of the Japanese reactionaries.
    The UK's intention to let its fighter jets fly in the sky above the areas around the Korean Peninsula thousands of kilometers away from its mainland is a very dangerous action zealously spurring Japan's militarization and helping realize its ambition for reinvasion.
    The UK suffered huge damage due to fascism in the last century and was subject to disgrace of offering cannon fodder to the U.S. during the Korean War. However, it is acting in concert with Japan under the baton of the U.S. again, oblivious of the lesson taught by history. This is an act of tarnishing its image itself.
    And it is as good as betraying the international community opposed to fascism and war.
    Japan's above-said moves will only face stronger rebuff and opposition from the peoples of Asia and the rest of the world. -0-

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