No warship was buried in the sea, but North Korea continues to slam the military alliance between Japan and the United States. This time it charges the bilateral military alliance, especially aimed at Japan, as a threat to peace in the region. Pyongyang is particularly wary of the possible return of the imperial military of Japan.
“Japan is in the process of acquiring high-tech weaponry and becoming a military power,” the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, claimed. The Russians were right when they said, “Dwell in the past, you lose one eye; forget the past, you lose both eyes.” But there seems to be too much dwelling in the past. The Rodong Sinmun also argued that Japan is planning to reconstitute the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, which served as the platform of the Imperial Japan to carry out its invasion in Asia during World War II.
During a meeting in Tokyo attended by Japanese and U.S. diplomats – Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, together with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – early this month, the visiting officials expressed support for Japan to modernize its Self-Defense Forces. But North Korea was not buying the claim. Instead, the communist regime in the peninsula believes that Japan is only bolstering its war capabilities.
Even though South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se said Monday that the military build-up plan between Japan and the United States “will be pursued within the scope of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty” rather than that the U.S. giving Japan a blank check, the North remains firm on its belief. “This can be seen as an attempt to start another war of aggression on the peninsula and to make it possible [for the allies] to militarily control all of Asia.”