|calendar>>October 1. 2012 Juch 101|
Rodong Sinmun Urges Japan to Settle Its Past Crimes
| Pyongyang, October 1 (KCNA) -- It is 102 years since the Japanese imperialists began enforcing "a governor general policy" in Korea on Oct. 1, 1910. Rodong Sinmun on Monday carries a bylined article in this connection.
The article cites facts to prove that the Japanese imperialists had enforced "governor general policy" for 35 years, inflicting indelible wounds upon the Korean people.
If the relations between the DPRK and Japan are to improve, Japan should settle on a priority basis the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists during the period when their "resident-general policy" and "governor general policy" were in force, the article notes, and goes on:
Japan is raising a hue and cry over "human right issue" and the like these days while evading its responsibility for redeeming its past crimes. This is no more than a crafty artifice to evade the settlement of its past crimes.
Japan deliberately infringed upon the state sovereignty of Korea, enslaved Koreans and massacred many of them. This is the gravest human rights abuse and monstrous crime against humanity to which no statute of limitation is applicable.
The Japanese reactionary ruling circles are distorting and embellishing these hideous crimes, after putting them on shelf. This goes to prove that they are villains having neither elementary conscience nor iota of morality.
No matter how hard Japan may try, it can never shake the will of the army and people of the DPRK to force it to pay for its past crimes to the last.
Self-reflection is neither disgrace nor humiliation. It is the process of behaving oneself with reason, taking on fresh looks and making a new start to get trust from the international community.
The Japanese ruling quarters should not forget that the high rate of growth touted by them is associated with the blood shed by Koreans.
Japan should make a decision to settle its past crimes, though belatedly.
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