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S. Korea urges Japan to hold on to spirit of pacifist constitution
South Korea urged Japan Thursday to hold on to the spirit of its pacifist constitution when the latter revises its security legislation, including the right to exercise collective self-defense.
Seoul's foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kwang-il told a press briefing that it was anticipated that Japan's security legislation would adhere to the spirit of its pacifist constitution and contribute to the regional peace and stability in a transparent manner.
Noh stressed the country's "consistent" position that issues affecting the Korean Peninsula's security and interests, including military operations on the peninsula by Japan's self-defense forces, will not be allowed without advance approval from South Korea.
Such comments came after the new guideline for defense cooperation between the United States and Japan was revised last month for the first time since 1997, allowing Japan to carry out military operations in third countries outside Japan's territory.
The new guideline stipulated that Japan would respect the third country's sovereignty when exercising its right to collective self- defense, but it failed to make sure that Japan must get an advance approval from South Korea if it exercises the right on the Korean Peninsula.
Noh said Japan had told South Korea that it would be very rational to think that if Japan exercises collective self-defense right in other countries, it should ask for approval from the party concerned according to an international principle.
[Source: Xinhua, Seoul, 14May15]
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