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N. Korea warns Japan against hostile stance

All Headlines 17:57 April 12, 2013

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea warned Japan Friday that Tokyo would be the first target in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula if it continues to maintain its hostile posture.

In a commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the communist country lashed out at Tokyo's standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, threatening such actions will result in a nuclear attack against the island nation.

Japan has deployed its advanced Patriot anti-missile defense systems and sent Aegis destroyers armed with the latest SM-3 Standard missiles into the East Sea to deal with the threat posed by North Korea. Intelligence indicates that the North is ready to fire off a ballistic missile at any time.

The news wire service said Japan, following in the footsteps of anti-North Korean policies established by the United States, has been building up its military to either lay the foundation for another invasion of the Korean Peninsula or position itself to benefit from the future conflict.

Japan, which colonized the Korean Peninsula for 36 years in the first half of the 20th century, profited heavily from acting as a logistics base for the United States during the 1950-53 Korean War, it claimed.

The KCNA said that Japan was used to deploy F-22 Raptor fighters over South Korea for the ongoing Foal Eagle joint military exercise carried out by Seoul and Washington.

The media outlet said Tokyo is preparing for another war and warned it should desist from acting rashly based on the belief it will be protected by the United States.

"Pyongyang has never forgotten Japan's past actions and those hoping to profit from another war should be prepared for a fiery nuclear end," it said.

The warning comes as the North, angered by the latest U.N. sanctions that punishes the country for conducting its third nuclear test in February, has declared a "state of war" with South Korea and announced it would restart a mothballed plutonium-producing reactor.

Pyongyang has also threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack against the U.S. and South Korea and unilaterally pulled out its workers from the inter-Korean industrial park on Tuesday, effectively paralyzing the joint project's operations.

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