PYONGYANG, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Buddhists in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea jointly urged Japan on Friday to apologize and compensate for past crimes it committed against Korea, the official news agency KCNA reported.
In a joint statement, the Central Committee of the DPRK's Buddhist Federation of Korea, and South Korea's Buddhist Association for the Country's Peace and Reunification called on Japan to immediately declare the "Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty" null and make sincere apology and compensation for the aggression and plunder it committed in 1592 and during its 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
In the statement issued during an assembly held at Kwangbop Temple in Mt. Taesong, Pyongyang, the buddhists also demanded Japan immediately stop its moves to "tamper with history, grab Tok Islets, revive militarism and stage a comeback to Korea and return at once those artifacts of Korea it illegally took away during Japan's invasion of Korea in 1592 and its colonial rule of Korea."
The statement called on all Koreans to unite closely to "smash the Japanese ambition to reinvade Korea."
The Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty was signed on Aug. 22, 1910, marking the official start of Japanese rule on the Korean Peninsula.
The Tok Islets, which is located in the Sea of Japan, has been a controversial issue for centuries. South Korea and Japan both declare sovereignty of it, which is now controlled by the former.