calendar>> April 9. 2014 Juche 103
Japan's Abolition of Past is Prerequisite to Normalization of DPRK-Japan Relations: Rodong Sinmun
Pyongyang, April 9 (KCNA) -- Twenty five data about the sexual slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army including Korean women, whom Japan had taken to battlefields during the Second World War by invoking the "order for the national mobilization," were recently disclosed in China.

This is irrefutable evidence proving that the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army was enforced in an organized way with the direct involvement of the government and military of Japan, says Rodong Sinmun Wednesday in a commentary.

However, Japan is behaving impudently, the paper says, and goes on:

The Japanese reactionaries' attitude and stand toward history and reality prove that they have gone desperate in their moves to realize the old dream, which they failed to do in the past, by stepping up the moves to make the country militaristic and veer to the right, far from feeling guilty conscience for Japan's past crimes against humanity.

Japan's abolition of the past is not just an issue of making an apology and reparation.

This is a touchstone discerning whether it has a will to break with the crime-woven past and start with a clean slate or not. This is also a serious issue showing whether it has qualifications to live as a full-fledged member of the international community or not and, at the same time, a political and moral issue and international legal issue related to the peace of the world and the future of humankind.

It is quite natural in view of law and morality for assailants to make an apology and reparation to victims.

Japan should adopt a sincere approach by clearly seeing through the fundamentals of the DPRK-Japan relations.

It is imperative to solve the pending historical issues between the victim and assailant for the solution to the issue of the DPRK-Japan relations. That is the abolition of the past and this is a prerequisite to the normalization of the bilateral relations.

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