North Korea furious over UN resolution
Nov 23: North Korea’s has warned of “catastrophic consequences” for supporters of the latest United Nations censure on its human rights record, according to state media.
According to reports, a resolution asking the UN Security Council to refer North Korea’s leadership to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for possible charges of “crimes against humanity” passed by a resounding vote of 111 to 19 with 55 abstentions in a General Assembly human rights committee last week.
Introduced by Japan, the European Union and co-sponsored by approximately 60 countries, the findings were mainly based around a UN inquiry that claimed that North Korea was committing human rights abuses “without parallel in the contemporary World“.
As per a statement from North Korea’s National Defence Commission the bill is a political fraud and they are being pushed into conducting fresh nuclear tests.
The North since then has repeatedly slammed the bill as a political “fraud” and warned that it was being pushed into conducting a fresh nuclear test.
The resolution makes no mention of Kim but notes the UN inquiry finding that the “highest level of the state” holds responsibility for the rights abuses. The dignity of its leader “cannot be bartered for anything,” NDC said in a statement, adding Japan as well as South Korea and the US – co-sponsors of the UN bill – were Pyongyang’s “primary target”.
The Oslo Times