US ‘global part­ner’ likely to do harm to the world

The Pyongyang Times - - The Pyongyang Times - By Kim Tong Sik PT

Pres­i­dent Obama called Ja­pan a “global part­ner” of the US in a joint press con­fer­ence with the vis­it­ing Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter af­ter talks on April 28.

This came as the scope of mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the US and Ja­pan has been ex­panded to a world­wide scale with the re­vi­sion of the bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion guide­lines dur­ing his US tour.

Af­ter its de­feat in the Sec­ond World War Ja­pan in­sti­tuted the so-called paci­fist con­sti­tu­tion, which re­nounces the pos­ses­sion of army and strictly pro­hibits over­seas ac­tiv­i­ties of its armed forces, with an in­ten­tion never again to be in­volved in war.

But it has de­mol­ished the ba­sis of the con­sti­tu­tion in this year of the 70th an­niver­sary of the con­clu­sion of WWII.

It has now come to take part in the hege­mony-seek­ing mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties the US is con­duct­ing around the world un­der the veil of “an­titer­ror­ism” and “pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights”.

Ja­pan pushes the al­ter­ation of the na­tional se­cu­rity law in earnest as a fol­low-up to the re­vised US-Ja­pan de­fence co­op­er­a­tion guide­lines.

The gov­ern­ment al­ready sanc­tioned the amend­ment of the law on May 14 and it is said it will go through par­lia­men­tary de­lib­er­a­tion within Au­gust.

The essence of the amend­ment is the world­wide ex­pan­sion of the sphere of ac­tiv­i­ties of the SDF from its en­vi­rons in­volv­ing the Korean penin­sula and the stream­lin­ing of the process of over­seas dis­patch of the SDF. Ac­cord­ing to it, Ja­pan will be able to use armed forces not only when it is un­der attack but also when its al­lies are.

Chief cabi­net sec­re­tary Suga, ex­plain­ing the amend­ment at a press con­fer­ence on May 25, said the strike on any en­emy base to pre­vent its mis­sile launch would be pos­si­ble un­der the law. This means that the SDF’s attack will be le­git­i­mate when it is made ac­cord­ing to Ja­pan’s judg­ment that it is un­der “threat”.

The amend­ment of the law is al­ready an ob­ject of de­nun­ci­a­tion and re­jec­tion at home and abroad as ev­ery para­graph of it is preg­nant with dan­ger­ous­ness.

Some Ja­panese par­lia­men­tar­i­ans have ex­pressed their in­ten­tion to op­pose the re­vi­sion of the law at the par­lia­men­tary de­lib­er­a­tion, as­sert­ing that dan­ger would grow nat­u­rally as the mission of the SDF swells.

The south Korean public at large strongly urge the Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties to stop the re­vi­sion of the se­cu­rity law, claim­ing that the SDF has be­come able to join the US’ DPRK-tar­geted war moves at the mere re­quest of the Amer­i­can forces hold­ing the wartime op­er­a­tions con­trol of their army.

In­ter­na­tional me­dia say it is a big mis­take for Ja­pan to think that it can get per­mis­sion from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to act as mil­i­tary po­lice around the world if there is US back­ing, and warn that when the buildup of US-Ja­pan al­liance as­sumes an of­fen­sive char­ac­ter, Ja­pan will not be safe but play a danger­ous game like a “fox mim­ick­ing tiger”.

The “global part­ner” of the US might bring dis­as­ter to the globe.

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