Two-bit trick of Japan

By Song Jong Ho

The Japanese defence minister recently bragged that they can intercept the DPRK’s ballistic rockets with the ground-based missile defence system Aegis Ashore.

Now that a trend towards dialogue and peace pervades the Korean peninsula and the region, only Japan is working to incite antagonism and tension in the region as it stages joint military exercises and applies independent sanctions on the pretext of "violation" and "threat".

Japan is planning to turn back the favourable trend of the Korean peninsula situation by making the "threat" from the DPRK a fait accompli and to fish in troubled waters through the escalation of tensions.

In the past, it deliberately strained the peninsula situation while playing up the "threat" from the DPRK in the international arena.

When the DPRK put its satellites into orbit as part of space exploration for peaceful purposes in August 1999 and December 2012, Japan insisted that they were missile test fires and begged for international sanctions against the DPRK to tense the situation. Besides, it has deliberately and persistently worked to whip up hostility among the locals against the DPRK while urgently evacuating them by issuing a false report of the DPRK's missile attack.

This time, it is planning to rationalize the purchase of the Aegis Ashore by spreading the rumour that it can intercept the DPRK’s ballistic rockets.

Though Japan tries to veil the modernization of the Self-Defence Forces under different excuses and reasons, its wild ambition for reinvasion and overseas expansion can never be concealed.

(Pyongyang Times - July 28, 2019)

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