SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) — North Korea on Saturday blasted Japan for trying to create tension on the Korean Peninsula, while also accusing the country of trying to rebuild its military.

“The maritime ‘Self-Defense Force’ (MSDF) of Japan recently conducted a test-fire of the interceptor missile SM-3 Block 1B on an Aegis destroyer in waters off Hawaii of the U.S. It is reportedly the first time that the MSDF conducted an interceptor missile test-fire,” the Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper published by the North’s Workers’ Party, reported.

In a commentary carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency, the newspaper insisted Japan was trying to build a military capable of waging war against others.

“The present reactionary regime of Japan seeks to put the Asia-Pacific region under control by turning Japan into a country capable of going to war,” it said.

Japan is prohibited from building or maintaining a military or declaring war against other countries under its own constitution.

“The politicians of Japan are well advised to face up to the present situation and improve their ability to behave themselves as it will be good for them,” the Rodong Sinmun commentary said.

The North claimed Japan was also seeking to disrupt joint efforts by South and North Korea to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“Whenever there was an epochal event in the Korean peninsula, the ill-natured Japanese reactionaries talked rubbish to play down its significance, being displeased with it,” it said.

The accusation comes shortly after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his hope to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a bilateral summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Moon has held three rounds of talks with the North Korean leader, while U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with Kim for their second bilateral summit in the near future. Trump and Kim held their first summit in Singapore on June 12.

“No matter how desperately it (Japan) moves, it can never dampen the aspirations of all Koreans and the international community for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region,” the North said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency