January 24, 2020
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Japan blamed for hindering Korea’s development in 19th century

Date: 05/12/2019 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

On display at the Central Class Education House in Pyongyang are data on the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists to hinder the modern development of Korea in the past.

The historical facts before and after the bourgeois reform in Korea in 1884 go to prove that the Japanese imperialists were cunning and vicious aggressors who resorted to all sorts of plots to hinder the development of Korea.

An enlightenment group led by Kim Ok Gyun was formed in Korea in the early 1870s.

The group set enlightenment, independence and building of a wealthy country with a powerful army as its political slogan. It was a progressive political force that desired the overthrow of the feudal conservative force and the modern development and independence of Korea.

The enlightenment group staged the Kapsin Coup, the first bourgeois reform in Korea, on Dec 4, 1884. And it declared the birth of a new government on Dec 5, together with its political programme.

In consideration of lack of its armed forces, the group got a "promise" from the then Japanese diplomatic minister to Korea that the Japanese troops would be mobilized to safeguard the royal palace at the time of coup. But the Japanese troops withdrew from the royal palace, breaking the "promise", when the situation took a sudden turn for the worse.

So, the enlightenment group tried to use weapons it received from Japan as "aid", but they were all useless.

After all, the group's attempt for enlightenment could not be realized and the Kapsin Coup ended within three days due to the Japanese imperialists' betrayal.

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