The Rodong Sinmun, a North Korean ruling party newspaper has called Japan out for being "desperate" as it also urges an end to its "hostile policy".
True, as in Japan is desperate to end hostilities with a country it doesn't trust.
Who gives a fug, because, well... whatever, man. Sticks and stones and all that.
While newspapers in Japan have that whole freedom of speech down pat, as in there's all the speech we are allowed to give that has been approved by powers higher than us... one has to realize that this is just politics.
What's interesting, is how everyone else will view the Rodong Sinmun's diatribe.
The Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary on May 16, 2018 that Japan’s “desperate efforts to escape from its situation (were) getting deplorable day by day.”
It added: “There is a way for it to evade the fate of being left out alone in the region ... It is to give up its hostile policy towards the DPRK.”
It's all based upon Japan's attempts to get the U.S. to talk about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs at the supposedly upcoming US-North Korea chats.
Of course Japan wants the US to ask North Korea bout its plans regarding nuclear weaponry. North Korea has repeatedly tested allegedly armed missiles over the Japanese islands.
It's actually quite silly for Japan to have vocalized its concerns, as the U.S. isn't stoopid, despite considerable attempts to prove otherwise.
There will be no peace in the Asia theater unless some accord can be struck where North Korea isn't waving its nuclear stick at everyone in the area. Again, d'uh.
Japan prime minister Abe Shinzo (surname first) has been trying to get U.S. president Donald Trump to promise that he will push to get North Korea to give up its long-range ballistic missiles, along with its shirt-range and medium-ranged such missiles that still have the travel capacity to strike Japan.
Perhaps that's why the North Korean newspaper is upset... perhaps North Korea would have given up its long-range missile program as a conciliatory gesture to the U.S., hoping it would forget about the medium- and short-range weaponry.
The newspaper (and thus North Korea) is ticked off that Japan reminded big brother U.S.
Then there's also the fact tha Abe asked Trump to query about the Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korean spies in the 1970s and 1980s.
While North Korea has admitted it had, in the past, done such dire deeds, they claim that all of the people who were abducted (and not yet returned), are dead.
You can read about the abducted Japanese citizenry HERE.
Yup... Japan has been trying to get president Trump to promise it would ask about these things.
Unfortunately, even if Trump promises, there is no guarantee that he will.
For one, the topic may never get a chance to be brought up because other more important things could arise, such as the availability of golden shower-performing hot North Korean women.
Of course, I'm kidding. It would have to be a Stormy day in Hell for such inappropriate things to occur under the president's watch.
Japan truly fears that the U.S. might simply get a deal done with North Korea that only benefits the U.S., and not Japan.
I'm sure the U.S. and North Korea could be in complete agreement when they think that if Japan wants something done, then maybe they should talk to North Korea themselves.
In the meantime, unless North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un actually calls Japan out himself, Japan should not read deeply into any criticism lobbed its way from a newspaper.
I'm not saying that newspapers are full of fake news... most aren't... but all newspapers these days (all media, actually), do provide a political leaning of their own.
Pick your battles accordingly.
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