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North Korea’s state news agency followed up its somewhat surprising condemnation of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with a screed Tuesday warning that Japan is a “fascist fanatic” threatening to revisit the “miserable disasters in the Second World War” onto Europe.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and its corresponding newspaper Rodong Sinmun warned in a commentary that Japan’s government is “going more reckless, heated with militarism” by expanding the reach of its Self-Defense Forces and reportedly seeking more cooperation with NATO.
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Japan is banned from having a standing army as per its post-World War II constitution, but it does maintain Self-Defense Forces whose ability to take military action are severely limited. At the writing of the KCNA post, the Self-Defense Forces appeared primarily occupied with search and rescue operations in and around the Hiroshima area, which is suffering extensive flooding and landslide damage, killing nearly 200 people so far.
Yet KCNA protests that Japan has expressed a desire to expand its military influence in the region, particularly condemning Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for promoting a more robust Japanese self-defense presence globally. A report at the beginning of this month published by Reuters confirmed that Japan will be sending a helicopter carrier to navigate the South China Sea in “efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to an unnamed official. China has become a significant threat to its neighbors in the South China Sea, building and militarizing artificial islands in maritime territory belonging to countries like the Philippines and Vietnam. Japan appears to be aiding an effort spearheaded by the Pentagon to increase Freedom of Navigation Exercises (FONOPs), which emphasize the international nature of the waters, which China claims as its own.
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