NORTH KOREA WARNS U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL AGAINST DISCUSSING COUNTRY'S HUMAN RIGHTS


06/12/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO-North Korean Ambassador Kim Song said any UNSC meeting on its human rights situation would be "another serious provocation" resulting from the United States’ "hostile policy" and that the country would "respond strongly to the last."

Kim Song wrote that any meeting on human rights would be an “act of conniving at and siding with the U.S.’ hostile policy, which will lead to undermining rather than helping reduction of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and resolution of the nuclear issue.”  

"The U.S. and those countries on board shall bear full responsibility," he warned, stressing that raising the issue was a "clear violation" of the U. N. Convention and "an act that flatters the U.S. policy of hostility."

Earlier on Wednesday, a number of European countries again condemned North Korea's 13 "provocative" ballistic missile launches since May, saying they violate Security Council resolutions and"undermine regional security and stability as well as international peace and security."

The Europeans again urged North Korea "to engage in good faith in meaningful negotiations with the United States aimed at denuclearization, and to take concrete steps to abandoning all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner."

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump have met three times since June last year in a bid to broker a deal for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs. But no progress has been made and Pyongyang has carried out a series of short-range ballistic missile tests in recent months.

The North has tested a series of new solid-fuel missile systems in recent months, which experts say potentially expands its ability to strike targets in South Korea and Japan. It has also threatened to lift a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests and resume launches over Japan.

 


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