North Korea said Monday that Japan should not take part in talks over its nuclear program, slamming Tokyo's recent crackdown on a pro-Pyongyang group as part of increased sanctions against the communist country.
After the communist North's Oct. 9 nuclear test, Japan has taken a series of steps against the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, for its suspected role in North Korea's nuclear and chemical weapons programs.
The group acts as Pyongyang's de-facto representation in Japan, which does not have formal diplomatic relations with the communist nation.
Japan's latest crackdown on Chongryon and its activities "is a tactic to cast a shadow on resuming the six-party talks by intentionally provoking us," the North's main Rodong Sinmun said Monday in an editorial, referring to the talks among the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.
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