DPRK Media Criticize Japan for Extending Sanctions*
KCNA, official news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Friday blasted the Japanese government's decision to extend sanctions against the DPRK for another year.
"It is the seventh time that it has taken the extension measure since it began applying sanctions against the DPRK in July 2006. This is a ridiculous, shameless and wicked action," KCNA said in a commentary.
The article labeled Japan's measures against DPRK's peaceful use of nuclear power "preposterous" and said the country's failure at the Fukushima Nuclear power plant had already sparked growing international concern.
"It is Japan which should be subject to sanctions," the commentary said.
Japan's decision to extend sanctions against the DPRK without bringing its own crisis under control and making an apology to the international community had revealed it had a policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK, the commentary said.
The commentary said the Japanese government should focus on bringing people's lives in the tsunami-stricken area back to normal and taking measures to prevent damage from radiation, instead of "whiling time away at a time of crisis".