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UPDATED: 09:41, January 21, 2007
DPRK accuses Japan of trying to shirk responsibility for "comfort women"
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday accused Japanese ruling party of trying to amend the statement on "comfort women," saying such action reflected Japan's intention to shirk its responsibility for past crimes.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the DPRK's remarks came after some senior officials of Japanese ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced that they would re-examine the statement issued in 1993 by former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the issue of "comfort women."

In the statement, the Japanese government officially admitted the facts of "comfort women" and its past crime over the issue.

The DPRK made a statement that "...(Such guys) are intended to evade the responsibility for the crimes and downplay or deny their unethical nature."

The statement also blamed Japan for trying to become "a military power in a bid to realize overseas expansion" by denying the crimes committed by it in the past.

"Japan had better give up at once its foolish and reckless charade for re-examining the issue and make an immediate apology and compensation to the victims," it added.

Japan's colonial rule resulted in 8.4 million slave labors kidnapped from the DPRK to Japan and 200,000 women treated as sex slaves from 1910 to 1945.

Source: Xinhua

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