N. Korea slams efforts to beef up U.S.-Japan alliance
SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Wednesday lambasted ongoing efforts by the United States and Japan to strengthen their military alliance, claiming such a development could threaten world peace.
The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, said the bilateral military alliance can only be viewed as a tool to invade other countries and does nothing to safeguard peace in the region.
The agreement reached at the latest U.S.-Japan defense meeting reflects the Washington's eagerness to draw in Tokyo's support for its aggressive Asia-Pacific policy goal, while Japan seeks to build up its military might, the paper said.
At the meeting held in Tokyo on Oct. 3, Washington expressed support in regards to Japan exercising its right to "collective self-defense" and other measures that can enhance the country's war capabilities. The allies also agreed to rewrite the joint security guidelines by the end of 2014.
The Rodong Sinmun argued that Japan is trying to reconstitute its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere that was used as an excuse to invade other countries during World War II.
"Japan is in the process of acquiring high-tech weaponry and becoming a military power," it said.
The newspaper also claimed that the whole purpose of the U.S.-Japan alliance is to set up a system allowing the two countries to work together if there is another war on the Korean Peninsula.
"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," it said.