Coercive détente with Japan goes against public will

By Song Jong Ho
The Pyongtang Times

South Korea is now attempting to improve relations with Japan.

The south Korean chief executive, at a get-together with social and political veterans and on other public occasions, referred to the need to establish good relations with Japan on the occasion of the enthronement of the new Japanese king, saying he could seize an opportunity if he held talks with Japanese prime minister Abe at the G-20 summit.

He appointed a personage known as the top expert in diplomacy with Japan as first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the Blue House said that he does not agree with the assertion that the relationship with Japan has reached a record low and the government is working hard to find a way to improved bilateral relations even at this moment.

Defence minister Jong Kyong Du told the Japanese counterpart that he would do his best to prevent the recurrence of such incidents as the recent use of firing control radar by its vessel against a Japanese sea patrol plane.

On the other hand, it is said that the Blue House is conducting clandestine negotiations with Japan so as not to aggravate the situation over the issue of Japan's forcible drafting at the talks between Moon Jae In and Abe during the G-20 summit slated for late June in Osaka, Japan.

The present south Korean authorities had been persistent in its hardline attitude towards Japan since their initial days. However, their volte-face is geared to getting out of pressure of the US which calls them to improve relations with Japan on the pretext of the triangular cooperation between south Korea, the US and Japan.

At present, Japan is totally denying its unethical past crimes and hell-bent on militarization and reinvasion moves to realize the old dream of the “Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere”.

It is a sheer folly of kneeling before the sworn enemy to clamour for improved relations with it, rather than exacting apology and reparations.

The south Korean authorities had better consider the pent-up anti-Japanese sentiments of the public before fearing the US' coercive demand for rapprochement.

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