calendar>>October 22. 2008 Juche 97
Japan Not Qualified to Participate in Six-Party Talks
Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- Senior government officials of Japan including the prime minister, the chief cabinet secretary and the foreign minister are blustering "they can never lift sanctions against North Korea," asserting that Japan would discuss the issue of liquidating Japan's past after the settlement of the "abduction" issue. Minju Joson Tuesday in a signed commentary carried in this regard observes:

The "abduction" issue much advertised by Japan as "cure-all" has been discussed between the DPRK and Japan so far and it has already become clear thanks to the sincere efforts of the DPRK.

The Japanese reactionaries are driving the DPRK-Japan relations to an extremely tense phase and working hard to torpedo the six-party talks, shelving the issue of settling Japan's past crimes and hyping the "abduction" issue, the commentary notes, and goes on:

The row kicked up by the Japanese reactionaries over the "abduction" issue is a reckless act of carrying the hostile relations between the DPRK and Japan into extremes and little short of committing a double or treble crime in addition to those crimes perpetrated by Japan in the past.

The servicepersons and people of the DPRK feel irrepressible resentment at the mean actions of the Japanese authorities to attain a sinister political aim under the pretext of the "abduction" issue and harden their will to settle accounts with the Japanese reactionaries at any cost.

It is our view that Japan has already lost the qualification to participate in the six-party talks as it has obstructed the talks so far. In particular, Japan is making desperate efforts to dodge the fulfillment of the commitment on which an agreement was reached among the six parties. This compels us to think if Japan is allowed to participate in the talks, it will create complexities in the way of settling the issue and the talks turn into mayhem and raise a question as to whether there is any need to have the six-party talks attended by Japan. It is the view of the DPRK that now is the time to have an exhaustive discussion on the qualification of Japan to participate in the talks as it has persistently stood in their way even after being branded as a disturber of the six-party talks. It is quite natural to deprive the Japanese reactionaries of the qualification to participate in the said talks as they are unilaterally sticking to the stand not to honor Japan's commitment at a time when actions are being taken to implement the commitments the six parties promised to fulfill before the world.

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