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N. Korean Paper Warns of Japan Nuke Catastrophe

April 10, 2013

S North Korea could target nuclear facilities in Japan if a new war were to begin on the Korean Peninsula, the newspaper of the (North) Korean Workers' Party said, warning of catastrophic damage.

Japan has many nuclear and military facilities as well as U.S. bases, and it would not be able to avoid far greater damage than it suffered from U.S. atomic bombs in the 1940s, the Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial.

The editorial apparently is intended to soften Japan's stance against the North because Tokyo has made its missile defense systems ready for a possible ballistic missile launch by the reclusive country.

Japan is preparing for a new Korean war, in which its whole territory would be subject to retaliatory attacks by North Korea, the newspaper also said.

Population and industrial concentrations in the five major Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya and Kyoto would make it possible to instantly destroy Japan's ability to continue a war, the paper said.

The paper urged Japan to act prudently while considering possible consequences of being involved in a war.

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