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N. Korea criticizes Japan's move to revise security documents

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s foreign ministry on Sunday criticized Japan’s moves to revise a set of key security documents as “extremely dangerous” steps away from its long-held defense-oriented policy.

Japan has reportedly been moving to revise its national security strategy and other key defense documents this year as it confronts an increasingly assertive China and a nuclear-ambitious North Korea.

“What is extremely dangerous is that Japan is poised to include in these documents capabilities to attack enemy bases, a sharp increase in defense spending, and the development and purchase of armament equipment for preemptive strikes,” the ministry said in a statement under the name of a researcher at its research institute on Japan.

The ministry also voiced concerns that the focus of Japan’s defense strategy could shift to an attack and invasion.

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