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North Korea condemns Japan for “unprecedented crime against humanity”

February 18th, 2007 . by Matt

The China Post reports that North Korea has criticised the Japanese government for “suppressing” Koreans in Japan.

North Korea condemned the Japanese government on Monday for its treatment of Korean residents in Japan, calling it an unpardonable infringement of North Korean sovereignty and a crime against humanity.

“The servicepersons and people of (North Korea) will never remain a passive onlooker to the Japanese authorities’ outrageous suppression of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Tokyo has been cracking down on the activities of Chongryon, the residents’ group for North Koreans living in Japan, amid concerns that it may have a role in North Korea’s nuclear and chemical weapons programs.

“This brutal political suppression of Chongryon, a legitimate organization of overseas citizens of dignified (North Korea), and Koreans in Japan, members of the Korean nation, is an unpardonable infringement upon the sovereignty of our country and an unprecedented crime against humanity,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.

It also said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “will have to pay dearly for this.” It didn’t elaborate.

The harsh rhetoric came amid a Japanese crackdown on illegal trade with North Korea, following the communist regime’s missile launches in July and its nuclear test in October.

In August, Japanese police arrested a pro-North Korean resident in Japan for allegedly exporting machinery to the North that could be used to make biological weapons.

Actually, Chōsen Sōren (Chongryon) has been rather lightly handled considering its involvement in the kidnapping of Japanese citizens to North Korea, its financial scandals that involved plundering money from credit unions to send to North Korea, running schools that teach ethnic Korean children in Japan to hate Japanese people and encourage segregation, to name a few things. Chōsen Sōren (Chongryon) is one of the main obstacles to zainichi Koreans* fully participating in Japanese society.

*Note: a zainichi Korean is someone that retains their Korean citizenship North or South, or claims legacy citizenship in the old Chosen (Choson) state. A naturalized Japanese of Korean descent is Japanese, not zainichi Korean.

5 Responses to “North Korea condemns Japan for “unprecedented crime against humanity””

  1. comment number 1 by: ponta

    It seems even zainich people have already begun to abandon Chongryon.Korean residents in anguish/ Broken dreams(Isn’t
    it incredible that this article is by Asahi?)

    Might I suggest, South Korean people might want to learn from this how the irrational anger looks like for the outsiders.

  2. comment number 2 by: kteen


    Does ‘demanding the truth’ look irrational to you?

  3. comment number 3 by: randomcow

    He has almost lost it.


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