March 21, 2023

North Korea bashes Japan’s new defense white paper and its military ‘build-up’

Japan’s annual defense paper includes missile defense, but expert says it's more focused on China than North Korea

North Korea’s foreign ministry blasted Japan’s recently released annual defense white paper in a statement attributed to a researcher on Thursday.

Ri Pyong Dok, introduced as a researcher of the Institute for Studies of Japan, accused Japan of militarizing itself and “poking its nose … into the internal affairs” of North Korea and other countries.