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DPRK Denounces Japan Over Nuclear Remarks

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's official news agency published a commentary on Tuesday denouncing a Japanese official's recent remarks about revising its decades-old non-nuclear principles.


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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's official news agency published a commentary on Tuesday denouncing a Japanese official's recent remarks about revising its decades-old non-nuclear principles.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) commentary said Japan's possession of nuclear arms would bring nuclear calamity to Japan, and pose threats to world peace and security.

Japan's three non-nuclear principles include not possessing, manufacturing or introducing nuclear weapons on Japanese territory.

"An endless string of remarks made by the Japanese authorities about having access to nukes clearly suggests that the Japanese reactionary forces are becoming more undisguised in their moves toturn Japan into a military power and go nuclear," the commentary said.

The Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yasuo Fukuda, on Friday told reporters that Japan could have nuclear weapons.

Another senior Japanese official also said the era to replace the existing constitution by a new one had arrived. Japan could revise the three non-nuclear principles and possess nuclear arms in the future, he added.

Deputy Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe made a statement two weeks ago that it might be acceptable for Japan to possess nuclear weapons "as long as they are small".

"Official figures representing the Japanese government called for having access to nukes at a time when the nuclear issue, danger of nuclear war in particular, is under serious discussion in the international community. This is a blatant challenge to global peace, security and stability," the KCNA commentary said.

"Japan should discard its nuclear ambition, and not be oblivious of the lesson of history drawn from the nuclear disastersuffered by it in the past. If Japan persistently opts for nucleararmaments, it will only invite an unimaginable nuclear disaster," the commentary said.


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