SEOUL, North Korea berated Japan on Thursday for violating the human rights of Korean students living in the neighboring country, threatening retaliation against what it calls criminal and inhumane acts.
The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, made the claim, referring to a recent incident in which a group of students of a pro-North Korean school in Japan had their souvenirs from a recent trip to North Korea confiscated when they returned home.
"It is tantamount to a barbarian and inhumane act that has violently infringed upon not only human rights of our compatriots but humanitarianism and international laws as well," the newspaper said.
It came a day after the North's Korean Central News Agency also lashed out at Japan, calling the confiscation a discriminatory and inhumane act.
Last week, the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, known as Chongryon, claimed that Japanese airport authorities seized gifts that students from a Korean high school in Kobe received from their relatives and friends in the North during a field trip there.
North Korea has been ramping up its criticism of Japan recently amid signs that Japan remains firm in its push to maintain sanctions and pressure on the North despite its promised denuclearization.
Source: Yonhap News Agency