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    Police officers are seen in front of the headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), after police arrested two men suspected of shooting in to the building in Tokyo, Japan, February 23, 2018

    Right-Wing Group Members Reportedly Open Fire at N Korean Association in Tokyo

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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - Two right-wing activists, Yoshinori Kawamura and Satoshi Katsurada, on Friday drove up to the building of the General Association of Korean Residents in Tokyo and fired at the gate, local media reported.

    Nobody was injured, and the activists were detained by the police, according to Kyodo news agency.

    The association, also known as Chongryon, functions as a de facto embassy of North Korea in Japan as the two countries do not have diplomatic ties.

    The relations between North Korea and neighboring Japan and South Korea have grown particularly tense over the last year as Pyongyang continued pursuing its nuclear and missile tests.

    ​North Korea, in turn, has been critical of its neighbors holding military drills with the United States. On Thursday, North Korea's committee on Korean reconciliation condemned joint large-scale US-Japanese exercises, set to start later on Friday.


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