North Korea Says Japan Wants War in 2018 as Both Gather New, More Powerful Weapons
North Korea has accused Japan of warmongering in Asia as Tokyo hard-liners sought to reverse their country’s decades of pacifism to face their nuclear-armed foe.
The official Korean Central News Agency published its most recent commentary Tuesday, condemning recent Japanese discussions of acquiring new, more powerful weapons in spite of the country’s traditional post–World War II commitment to maintaining a self-defense force rather than a traditional military. The article dismissed arguments that supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s growing arsenal of ballistic missiles and conventional weapons posed a danger to Japan, which the state-run outlet claimed had the “bad habit to find fault with others and seek its own interests as unanimously commented by the international community.”
“The international community is required to approach with vigilance the moves of Japan whetting the sword of reinvasion by faulting others,” it added.