calendar>>May 22. 2009 Juche 98
Japan Urged to Roll Back Its Hostile Policy towards DPRK
Pyongyang, May 22 (KCNA) -- The government of my country should clarify its will to settle its past, to begin with, and roll back its hostile policy towards the DPRK at once, urged Shunichi Narita, a Japanese media man on a visit to the DPRK, when interviewed by KCNA at Pyongyang Koryo Hotel on Thursday.

He continued: The Japanese government is persisting in its moves against the DPRK instead of making an apology and reparation for the crimes committed by Japan in the past.

Japan is a criminal state which has committed so many crimes against the Korean people.

Japan brutally suppressed and massacred Koreans and savagely violated their rights to existence in the past. These were unprecedentedly hideous crimes against humanity.

Japan is, however, playing every trite trick to evade its legal, moral and state responsibility for the above-said crimes, embellishing them instead of honestly reflecting on them and making an apology and reparation for them.

A satellite launch is a legitimate right of a sovereign state.

Nevertheless, the Japanese government is crying out for "sanctions" and "international pressure" upon the DPRK, taking issue with its satellite launch for peaceful purposes.

Japan's reckless campaign against the DPRK finds a vivid manifestation in further intensifying the suppression of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and Koreans in Japan.

The Japanese authorities are inciting bitterness towards Chongryon in the Japanese society in disregard of the requirements of international law and international practice.

The Japanese authorities are talking about the "improvement of the relations between Japan and the DPRK" in a bid to mislead public opinion, but truth can never be falsified.

It is impossible to restore confidence or improve the relations between the two countries as long as Japan covers up the crimes committed by it against the Korean people in the past.

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