North Korea accuses Japan of ‘hysteric’ smear campaign

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New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2017 4:31:12 AM

North Korea has accused Japan of playing up Pyongyang's alleged nuclear threat ahead of the election in Japan earlier this month.

North Korea, japan, shinzo abeTokyo says the development of a nuclear and missile programme by North Korea is posing a threat to Japan’s national security. (Reuters)

North Korea has accused Japan of playing up Pyongyang’s alleged nuclear threat ahead of the election in Japan earlier this month.The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued a statement, saying during the election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had kicked up “a hysteric anti-North Korea racket” by “trumpeting” about “nuclear threat” and the need to find a “solution to the abduction of Japanese” by North Korea, Xinhua news agency reported.

“It is a trite trick used by the sinister and crafty Japanese reactionaries to kick up an anti-North Korea smear campaign in order to mislead the public… and maintain power whenever they are thrown into a serious ruling crisis due to political inability and all kinds of corruption and irregularities,” the statement said on Saturday.

Tokyo says the development of a nuclear and missile programme by North Korea is posing a threat to Japan’s national security.

Abe had repeatedly brought up North Korea’s nuclear and missile programme in his election campaign.

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