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Korean cyber protest terrorism: Sankei

Posted March. 30, 2001 18:18,   


Sankei Shimbun of Japan, the target of a Korean netizens` cyber protest this Saturday against distorted Japanese history textbooks, is strongly demanding related government authorities, including the Foreign Affairs-Trade Ministry, take due measures.

In a front page article on Friday, the rightwing Japanese daily reported that the cyber investigation team of the Korean National Policy Agency has started a probe of the cyber demonstration.

An official of the digital media headquarters of the daily said, ``The Korean netizens` cyber demonstration is an international cyber terrorism challenging democracy and constitutes a clear obstruction of business against Sankei`s Internet homepage.``

``We will seek measures to prevent those who use the Sankei homepage from suffering any damage,`` he said.

``We hope related authorities will take appropriate measures against this behavior and expect the Korean people`s good sense,`` he added. A Sankei official visited the Foreign Affairs-Trade Ministry and claimed that if the cyber attack is carried out concretely, it is an obstruction of business. ``Since the cyber protest targets also the Ministry of Education and Science and is a national problem, the government should take appropriate measures against the Korean government through diplomatic channels,`` he said.

A Japanese Foreign Ministry official indicated that the ministry would not cope with the situation positively, by saying, ``It is difficult to ask the Korean government to take measures against what the unspecified majority, including civilians, launch.``

Choi Kun-Il gaegoo99@donga.com