North Korea has denounced President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, calling it
“the height of hypocrisy and impudence.”
In a commentary dated on Thursday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said that the visit was driven by Washington’s desire to draw Japan into its strategy of pivoting to Asia and by Japan’s own efforts to bolster its image as a victim in World War II, rather than an aggressor.
The commentary said that the United States and Japan were pursuing “different purposes” in Mr. Obama’s visit,
“prompted by their mean political calculation.”
It also accused the United States of modernizing its nuclear weapons
“under the spurious mask of building a ‘world without nuclear weapons,’ ”
while highlighting the nuclear threat from North Korea.
“This is the height of hypocrisy and impudence,”
“Obama’s trip to the A-bombed city would not help hide the true colors of the U.S. as a country of nuclear war maniacs.”