DPRK Foreign Ministry Blasts Abe Group's Racket over "Abduction Issue"
DPRK Foreign Ministry Blasts Abe Group's Racket over "Abduction Issue"
Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK released a memorandum Thursday to warn the international community of the dangerous consequences to be entailed by the Japanese authorities' attempt to abuse the "abduction issue."
The memorandum says:
The Abe group is now busy with soliciting diplomacy in a bid to put international pressure upon the DPRK while asserting that the "abduction issue" has not yet found a solution.
As if it were not enough with applying economic sanctions against the DPRK under the pretext of the "issue," it is even scheming to destroy the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.
The "abduction issue" had already been settled thanks to the DPRK's sincere efforts.
When a delegation of Japanese political parties led by former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama visited the DPRK in December 1999 the Japanese side requested the DPRK side to confirm the whereabouts of 13 Japanese who had been reported missing.
The DPRK government, taking the humanitarian nature of the issue of the missing persons into consideration, organized a special investigation committee in April 2002 to conduct the investigation on a nationwide scale.
The results of the investigation proved that there were cases in which some Japanese had been abducted by individual Koreans from late in the 1970s to early in the 1980s.
During the Pyongyang visit by former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi on September 17, 2002 the Japanese side was informed of the results of the investigation that 13 missing Japanese were confirmed to be abductees:
Five of them are still alive and eight died.
Formal regret was also expressed over the emergence of the "abduction issue" at the DPRK-Japan summit talks.
It was by no means a simple decision that the DPRK government opted to settle among other things the issue of a little more than ten Japanese abductees out of sincerity, given the fact that Japan had not compensated for the huge damage done to the Koreans by the Japanese imperialists in the earlier period of the same century when they committed such hideous crimes against humanity as forcibly drafting more than 8.4 million Koreans, killing more than one million and forcing 200,000 Korean women into sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army.
On October 15, 2002 the DPRK government allowed five survivors of abduction to visit their home towns in Japan at the request of the Japanese side.
On October 30 after their arrival in Japan the Japanese government, all of a sudden, unilaterally made public a decision that it would not send them back to the DPRK.
This is the first example showing how the Japanese side reneged on its promise and behaved against good faith in the course of settling the "abduction issue".
It was later confirmed that the then Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe was behind the decision.
On May 22, 2004, former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi again visited Pyongyang.
The DPRK side allowed him to take all the five sons and daughters of the survivors to Japan with him as requested by him.
In November 2004 the DPRK provided every facility to a Japanese government joint delegation made up of officials concerned of the Cabinet, the Foreign Ministry and the National Police Agency and medico-legal experts so that they could visit the DPRK for a week and confirm on the spot the death of the above-said Japanese.
Thanks to the sincere efforts exerted by the DPRK government five survivors of the 13 abductees and all of their seven sons and daughters went to Japan and the remains of Megumi Yokota were also sent to Japan as requested by her parents, thus settling the "abduction issue".
The Abe group has persistently kicked up a racket over the "abduction issue" while flatly denying the fact that the "abduction issue" had found a solution.
Japan's first negative reaction to the settlement of "the issue" came when it floated the fiction about the false remains of Megumi Yokota.
Abe who was acting secretary general of the Japan Liberal Democratic Party in a lecture given in Tokyo Metropolis on November 17, 2004 let loose a string of anti-DPRK vituperation and his group claimed that the results of the DNA test of the remains of Megumi Yokota handed over by her husband proved that they were "bones of two other persons." Timed to coincide with this, Abe asserted the need to immediately apply economic sanctions against the DPRK and the Japanese government declared that it would freeze humanitarian aid which Koizumi promised during his Pyongyang visit.
Recalling that the "report on the DNA test of the remains of Megumi Yokota" sent to the DPRK by the Japanese side on Dec. 25, 2004 contained contradictions in the explanation about the method involved in the examination and the content of the DNA samples and it was a document hard to believe as it lacked signatures of the analysts and witnesses as well as the seal of the institution that conducted the examination, the memorandum goes on:
As the doubt about the results of the DNA test of the remains of Megumi Yokota widely floated at home and abroad, the Japanese authorities soon transferred Tomio Yoshii who had been in charge of the examination of the remains to the Police Institute of Science to hold the post of its section chief and cut off all contacts with outsiders.
The husband of Megumi, angered to hear the fiction of "false remains" spread by the Abe group, demanded the Japanese side return her remains at once but the latter has still refused to meet this demand.
The Abe group is now concocting stories about more "abductees" as the probe into and handling of the issue of the 13 abductees raised by the Japanese side at the outset have come to an end.
The Abe regime is working hard to keep the "abduction issue" debated in a bid to use it for the purpose of stepping up the rearmament of Japan.
It is the calculation of the ultra-nationalist forces of Japan represented by Abe that when it bars the DPRK-Japan relations from being normalized over the "abduction issue" and succeeds in torpedoing the six-party talks in a bid to deter the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula from being settled, it will be able to use the "access to nukes by the DPRK in hostile relationship with Japan" as a pretext for preserving the justification for its militarization and nuclear armament.
The "theory of departure from the postwar regime" much touted by Abe right after holding premiership was nothing but his real intention to free Japan of the position of a defeated nation subject to military restrictions.
Japan once used the issue of the DPRK's missile launch as a good pretext for its rearmament.
But when it succeeded in putting into the orbit even a spy satellite by such delivery means as missiles, it needed a more proper pretext other than that pretext.
That is why the Japanese right-wing forces had no option but to raise the "abduction issue." According to the scenario of the ultra-nationalists, a frantic propaganda campaign was kicked off to underscore the "seriousness" and "rate" of the "abduction issue." After holding the premiership in September 2006, Abe set up the "headquarters for measures to settle the abduction issue" headed by himself and created such posts as "minister in charge of the abduction issue" and "adviser on the abduction issue," making his cabinet known as a "cabinet to handle the abduction issue," the first of its kind in history.
As claimed by Japan, the "abduction issue" can be settled only when the dead return to life and all those Japanese missing reappear.
Even according to what was reported up to 2004, eight persons whom the Japanese side had claimed "abducted" by the DPRK were discovered in Japan.
Japan is now taking much pain to make even the six-party talks a scapegoat of the "abduction issue." As regards the decision of the participating countries to provide energy aid to the DPRK as a step to be taken at the preliminary phase for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Abe uttered on February 5, 2007 that he would like to explicitly state there would be basically nothing to be given by Japan to north Korea should it fail to take sincere measures for the solution of the abduction issue.
If Japan is allowed to pursue such design, the nuclear issue on the peninsula will remain unsettled for an indefinite period like the "abduction issue," an issue of bringing the dead to life.
This is the ultimate goal pursued by the ultra-nationalist forces of Japan keen on the nuclear weaponization.
Herein lies the danger of the political aims sought by the Abe group.
It is so morally vulgar that it is hyping the "issue" of a little more than ten abductees though Japan forcibly took away and abducted millions of Koreans to force them to toil and moil at the construction sites of power stations, coal and ore mines, railways and airfields.
Noting that Japan's operations for luring and abducting Koreans are still going on, the memorandum says:
The DPRK government suggested more than once the Japanese side to probe the cases in which it lured and abducted citizens of the DPRK in the area along the DPRK-China border, inform the DPRK of the results and send back the victims but Japan is avoiding any response to it.
The increased zeal of Japan to evade the responsibility for redeeming its past and rearm itself under the pretext of threats from neighboring countries would only precipitate its self-destruction, not revival, warns the memorandum.