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North Korea slams 'militarist maniac' Japan Prime Minister Abe

Published on Jan 12, 2014 3:57 PM
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, on Dec 26, 2013. North Korea on Sunday lashed out at Japan's hawkish prime minister for seeking to revise Tokyo's pacifist post-World War II constitution, calling Shinzo Abe a "militarist maniac". -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Sunday lashed out at Japan's hawkish prime minister for seeking to revise Tokyo's pacifist post-World War II constitution, calling Shinzo Abe a "militarist maniac".

In a New Year comment Mr Abe said the country's constitution - which limits its military to self-defence - could be amended by 2020, days after his visit to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo enraged Asian neighbours.

China and South Korea see the Yasukuni Shrine as a brutal reminder of Japan's war-time aggression and failure to repent for its history.

The visit also angered the North, which last month slammed the conservative Japanese leader of "reckless behaviours" that would push Japan into "self-destruction".

 
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