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N. Korea defends nuke programs by making use of S. Korean film's success

All Headlines 16:16 August 03, 2017

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday offered a shaky justification for its nuclear development by taking advantage of "the Battleship Island," a South Korean box-office film about an attempted prison break from a forced labor camp on a Japanese island during World War II.

The North's propaganda outlet Meari said in an article that "the Korean people's anger against Japanese reactionaries who deny Japan's war crimes and move to revive its past militarism is in the background of the film's success."

"The Battleship Island," which opened Thursday last week, tells the story of hundreds of Korean forced laborers who risk their lives to escape from Japan's Hashima Island, better known as Battleship Island after its resemblance to the warship, during World War II.

Meari claimed that the Korean people lost their nation and became slaves of a colony about 100 years ago just because they did not have enough force to defend themselves. The Korean Peninsula was under Japan's colonial control from 1910-45.

It is the North's self-defensive nuclear deterrent that serves as security for peace in the peninsula and the people's happiness, it said.

In the article, the North called for inter-Korean unity to sternly crush foreign forces' attempt to invade the peninsula, reiterating the justification of its nuclear development.

This undated file photo shows Hashima Island, better known as Battleship Island, off Japan's southwestern city of Nagasaki. (Yonhap)

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