A commentary from North Korea‘s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says that Japan has already crossed the “danger line” with its new militarization program. They called the white paper published by the Ministry of Defense last month as just a “broad hoax” to justify revising Japan’s pacifist constitution and slowly turning back into the “military giant” it once was.
The agency’s statement also accused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration of using the supposed nuclear threat from North Korea as a diversion tactic in order to keep prying eyes, particularly international ones, away from their efforts to quietly gather support in their quest to revise Article 9 of the constitution. This has prevented Japan from using any sort of military power to settle international disputes. Despite having a well-funded and well-equipped military, Japan’s Self Defense Forces cannot make any aggressive action and any move to strengthen the forces would need a major change in the constitution that has not been revised since it was enacted in 1947.
The white paper was calling for a “comprehensive containment capability” in order to deal with the threat that North Korea poses. But the agency said that this rhetoric is “too unreasonable and illogical to justify its sinister aim.” It warned Japan to “behave with reason” as this will affect its security as well. The statement was released a day after the Self-Defense Forces unveiled the country’s biggest surface combatant warship since World War II. The helicopter carrier is aimed at defending Japan’s territories following several incidents in the East China Sea involving Chinese vessels.
[ via Press TV ]