Katsura-Taft agreement, product of US-Japan conspiracy

By Pak Song Yong
Rodong Sinun

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Katsura and U.S. Secretary of the Army Taft fabricated the illegal and brigandish "Katsura-Taft agreement" on July 29, 1905.

Japan and the U.S. asserted that the "agreement" was for "peace" and "security" in Asia, but it was sophism.

The "agreement" was just a product of conspiracy between the U.S. and Japan, which reduced Korea into a bargaining chip for the division of their sphere of influence in Asia and legalized their colonial rule over other countries. It became a root cause of new aggression and war, far from helping ensure peace and security.

Under that "agreement", Japan and the U.S. paved each other's path for increasing their aggressor forces across Asia by offering each other Philippines and Korea as advanced bases.

In a nutshell, the "agreement" provided a decisive premise for the Japanese imperialists' occupation of Korea and served as its guarantee.

The "agreement" was an utterly illicit and brigandish fabrication, as evidenced by the fact that it had been kept in top secrecy before being found in the archives of the U.S. State Department and made public and nothing about it has been found in Japan.

The undisguised moves of the Japanese reactionaries totally denying the past crimes only harden the will of the Korean people to surely force Japan to pay dearly for the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists.

(KCNA - July 29, 2019)