The text of a release circulated by the DPRK Embassy in London yesterday:
DPRK Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Slams Japan’s Claim to Tok Islet
Pyongyang, April 6 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry in a statement issued on April 6 accused the Japanese authorities of recently allowing the description of Tok Islet as part of Japan’s territory in the history textbooks for high schools after instructing the same thing as regards textbooks for middle schools last year. Branding such behaviour as an unpardonable shameless act peculiar to Japan, the statement said:
It admits of no argument that the islet belongs to Korea’s territory from the historical point of view and in the light of international law.
Nevertheless, the Japanese authorities have obstinately insisted that the islet belongs to Japan’s territory. Obviously this is prompted by their wild ambition for aggression and territorial expansion.
Japan is keen to realize its wild ambition of reinvasion, oblivious of the historical lesson drawn from the bitter defeat it suffered after setting out on overseas aggression under the slogan of “The Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere” in the past. Japan keeps tampering with its history and its chief executive continues visiting the “Yasukuni Shrine” despite the unanimous curses and denunciations of the international community including its neighboring countries. All this is mainly attributable to the U.S. backing and patronage.
Japan is now under strong fire by its neighboring countries for its claims that not only Tok Islet but Diaoyu Islands and the Southern Kurils belong to its territory. The historical lesson requires the countries in the region never to allow Japan’s wild ambition for territorial expansion but heighten the vigilance against it and jointly react to it.
The reality today when there exist close to the DPRK the dangerous bellicose forces getting frantic in their wild ambition for territorial expansion clearly proves once again that Pyongyang was entirely just when it took measures to steadily bolster the military capability for self-defence including nuclear deterrent to defend the peace and security in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Asia.
The Japanese reactionaries would be well advised to stop their moves for territorial expansion and racket against the DPRK and the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan that may result in their self-destruction, and behave with discretion, drawing a lesson from history