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DPRK criticizes U.S. for referring human rights issue to Security Council
December 10,2014   By:Xinhua

PYONGYANG, Dec. 10,2014-- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday criticized the United States for mulling officially bringing the country's human rights issue before the UN Security Council for further implementing its anti- Pyongyang policy.

The U.S. move to bring the issue forward at the United Nations is prompted by its intention to launch military invasion of the DPRK in the disguise of addressing human rights issue, an anonymous DPRK foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by state media KCNA.

The spokesman pointed out that the Security Council, if it hopes to discuss the issue of human rights, should not turn its face away from torturous interrogation techniques employed by the Central Intelligence Agency, on which the U.S. Senate intelligence committee is about to release part of a 6,000-plus-page report.

He blamed the UN Security Council for dealing with DPRK human rights record while turning a blind eye to human rights abuse in the United States, one of its permanent members.

On Nov. 18, the Third Committee of the 69th United Nations General Assembly passed a draft resolution recommending the Security Council to refer the DPRK to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

The resolution followed a detailed report released in February by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK. The report raised widespread concerns over abuses of human rights in the country, but Pyongyang firmly rejected the report and said it was full of "prejudice and lies."

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