calendar>>August 13. 2009 Juche 98
Japanese Imperialists' Plunder of Underground Resources in Korea
Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The Japanese imperialists had plundered a large quantity of underground resources abundant in Korea for over 40 years in the first half of the 20th century.

They concocted the "Ulsa (1905) Five-point Treaty" in a gangster-like way at the point of the bayonet to turn Korea into their colony in the beginning of the 20th century. They started pillaging underground resources in a big way while resorting to every conceivable means for converting Korea into a base for sources of raw materials and a base for war supplies to invade the continent.

In the years from 1911 to 1917, they surveyed the distribution of mineral resources in Korea and were hell-bent on carrying away the underground resources.

They concocted and issued the so-called "Korean Mining Act" in 1915 to open a way for the Japanese mining capitalists including the "Mitsui Mining Co., Ltd" and the "Hurukawa Mining Joint Venture Company" to plunder the underground resources of Korea at their own will.

They also revised some content of the "Korean Mining Act" for the worse in 1916 and exempted gold, silver, lead, iron and other minerals from taxation, thus protecting and fostering their pillage of underground resources.

According to the curtailed data released by the Japanese imperialists, they shipped nearly 400 tons of gold to Japan during their colonial fascist rule over Korea.

In 1944 alone, they carried away nine million tons of pig iron and steel on the spot of Korea. If added by the iron ore shipped to Japan, the amount is exorbitant, indeed.

Besides, they extorted a large quantity of metallic minerals including lead, zinc, nickel, magnesite, manganese and iron sulfide and coal and graphite.

With the plunder of abundant natural resources of Korea, the monopoly capital of Japan grew and got rich.

Japan should frankly admit the brutal pillage of the underground resources of Korea and pay due reparation for it.

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