calendar>>January 13. 2009 Juche 98
Japanese Reactionaries' Ambition for Overseas Military Expansion Flayed
Pyongyang, January 13 (KCNA) -- It was reported by NHK of Japan recently that the Japanese government set a goal of modifying the present "defense planning guidelines" till the end of this year under the pretence of coping with the changed situation in the surrounding areas.

The said guidelines are nothing but documents for overseas aggression and military planning as they deal with the military strategic and tactical issues of realizing Japan's ambition for overseas expansion by making it possible for it to acquire the status of a military power and turning the "Self-Defence Forces" (SDF) into the world's first class armed forces, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a signed commentary.

It goes on:

The Japanese reactionaries are busy examining a plan to modify the said guidelines, stepping up the moves for the SDF's dispatch overseas, modernizing arms and equipment and boosting the capability to undertake a war independently. These facts go to prove that they are pushing forward the preparations for overseas aggression in real earnest.

Japan has already secured a legal mechanism for hurling the SDF into military operations overseas.

What remains to be done is to round off the capability for carrying out overseas military operations independently.

The "defense planning guidelines" published in 1976 in the era of the Cold War were mainly aimed at containing the former Soviet Union under the umbrella of the U.S. but the guidelines revised in 1995 were designed to invade the DPRK and its surrounding countries as the Cold War was over. The guidelines were again modified in 2004 for the purpose of stepping up the SDF's overseas military operations and boosting its capability so that it might support the U.S. in its "war on terrorism".

Japan's plan to modify the above-said guidelines again this year goes to prove that the Japanese reactionaries, emboldened by the dispatch of the SDF to the Indian Ocean, etc. under the pretext of "cooperating with the U.S. in its war on terrorism," are making desperate efforts to round off the conditions and capability for overseas military expansion.

This is, however, nothing but a pipe-dream.

The Japanese reactionaries would be well advised not to forget that their frantic moves for overseas military expansion will only lead them to the same miserable destruction as the Japanese imperialists suffered for perpetrating aggression and war in the past.

Japan had better stop its militarist chariot from rushing headlong into the said operation, though belatedly.

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