N. Korea urges Seoul to ban Japan’s controversial flag in Jeju fleet review
SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's external propaganda media on Friday urged Seoul not to allow Japan to hoist its controversial naval flag during its participation in an international fleet review set to take place off South Korea's Jeju Island next week.
Uriminzokkiri, the North's state-controlled website, said in a commentary that South Korea should prohibit Japan's display of the Rising Sun Flag, the war flag of imperial Japan, in the South in compliance with public sentiment.
"Instead of submissively asking Japan to refrain from hoisting the Rising Sun Flag, the South's authorities should make a decisive decision to ban the controversial flag in accordance with public sentiment," the website said.
"Japan's plan to hoist the Rising Sun Flag (in South Korea) is an intolerable insult and provocation to the Korean people and the international society. The scheme has also publicly displayed Japan's reluctance to abandon its past dream of 'Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere' to the international community,"
The commentary came after South Korea's Navy called on Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces not to hoist the Rising Sun Flag during its once-in-a-decade international fleet review in waters off the southern island of Jeju on Oct. 11.
According to Japanese media reports, however, Japan's military chief has rejected Seoul's request.
Meanwhile, another North Korean propaganda media outlet, Meari, also slammed Japan, saying the Rising Sun Flag symbolizes Japan's terrible wartime crimes and its plot to revive militarism.
Meari then demanded that the South's authorities refuse to allow Japan's participation in the Jeju fleet review.
Source: Yonhap News Agency