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News Analyst on Japan's History of Aggression on Korea
Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- Japan's past history of aggression on Korea is woven with untold and heinous crimes, which reduced the Koreans into its slaves by repressing, plundering and killing them at random with the harsh fascist rule.

Among the crimes was an assassination of Kojong on January 22, 1919.

Kojong, emperor of Korea, opposed to the conclusion of the "Ulsa Five-Point Treaty", demanded by the Japanese imperialists to deprive Korea of its right to diplomacy, and refused to sign and seal the "treaty".

When the "treaty" was forcibly concluded, the emperor made every possible effort to quash it with help of major powers.

He sent to heads of state of different countries his personal letters and secret messages showing the illegality and invalidity of the "treaty". And emissaries were dispatched to the 2nd International Peace Conference held in Hague in June 1907 to proclaim its invalidity and condemn Japan's aggression on Korea.

Meanwhile, Kojong gave a secret order of waging the anti-Japanese patriotic volunteers' struggle and used his authority to control the pro-Japanese elements. He also worked as possible as he could to deter the Japanese imperialists' moves for colonial dominion, standing against the "Jongmi Seven-Point Treaty", the keynote of which was to wrest the right of home administration from Korea.

Alarmed at such movement, the Japanese imperialists forcibly dethroned Kojong and at last brutally poisoned him to death.

In this regard, a Japanese book wrote: The truth of the case came to light at last. Imperial Japan let its stooge Han Sang Hak put poison into food for Kojong. In less than one hour after taking the meal, the emperor groaned with pain, saying what kind of food made him sick, and died soon. His eyes were blood-shot, with stigmas founded on his whole body.

According to a diary of Yuzaburo Kuratomi, director of the auditing bureau at Japan's royal office at that time, the then Japanese prime minister instructed the "governor-general" in Korea to poison Kojong for the reason that he refused to acknowledge the "Ulsa Five-Point Treaty".

The assassination of Kojong was a never-to-be-condoned state terrorism against the sovereignty of Korea and the dignity of its nation.

It has been 95 years after the case, but Japan is still refusing to make apology and reparation for its past crimes while persistently denying the past history of aggression. On the contrary, it is embellishing the past to launch reinvasion.

The dangerous moves of the Japanese reactionaries to repeat their past crimes are now arousing criticism of many countries in Asia and the rest of the world, including the DPRK.

Japan should come out for the settlement of the past at an early date, clearly seeing the Korean army and people's will to force Japan to pay dearly for the blood shed by the Koreans.

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