June 28, 2022
KCNA Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN)

What is “Capability of Counterattack “Aimed At?

Date: 14/05/2022 | Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN) | Read original version at source

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Recently, President of Department of Diplomacy of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan said that “land-based intermediate-range missiles should be deployed in Hokkaido to contain the missile attacks from China, Russia and north Korea”.

To state the conclusion first, this clearly indicates that Japan would build up strength once again to invade others - a hostile remark detrimental to peace and stability of the region.

Recently, Japan is busy with the preparation of a law which enables it to possess attack capability. This includes submission by the Liberal Democratic Party a proposal on ensuring security such as possession of “capability of counterattack” that would allow it to strike the missile bases and others of its opponent before the latter’s missile is launched.

Japan is playing with words calling it “containment” and “counterattack”. However, striking the opponent before its missile is launched means preemptive attack, and it goes without saying that this immediately constitutes an aggression.

Japan is proceeding with domestic development and overseas purchase of fighter-launched long-range cruise missiles. This is also an act of building up strike capability aimed at preemptive attack, which goes beyond the mere defense.

What is more of an issue here is the fact that Japan, not content with alleging that the neighboring countries such as China and Russia are “threat” to it, denounces even our measure to enhance national defense capability as a “threat” and comes up with an argument that it has to possess “capability for counterattack” to contain the “threat”, an argument tantamount to a guilty party filing a suit first.

The world is not oblivious of the bloody history of Japan of having expanded its aggressive war as far as Pearl Harbor, professing itself to be “leader of Asia”.

No one will buy the assertion that other countries constitute “threat” to Japan, the country that had inflicted, in the past, immeasurable misery and agony upon people of many countries through its war of aggression aimed at domination of the world.

Japan should reflect on its hostile remarks and their consequences, and put an immediate stop to the moves to build up the military power, which would endanger peace and stability of the region.

Pak Hak Song

Researcher of Institute for Studies of Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DPRK

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