Pyongyang: North Korea has urged Japan to immediately apologise and compensate all victims for its 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman yesterday made the demand in a statement issued ahead of the centenary of the signing of the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty on Sunday. The centenary of effectuation of the treaty is August 29.
The statement, carried by the official Korean Central News agency, criticised Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan`s recent apology only to South Korea for the colonial rule.
"Had the present Japanese regime have nothing to do with the past militarist regime, had it not have any dream of reviving it, it might have repented and apologised to all victims for the past without any precondition and discrimination," the statement said.
Japan "should make immediate apology and reparation for the hideous crimes committed against the Korean people after usurping their national sovereignty through the fabrication of invalid `treaties`," it said.
Pyongyang urged Tokyo to "immediately roll back its hostile policy toward the DPRK”, the statement said, referring to the North Korea by its official name the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea.