North Korea has criticized a recent United Nations (UN) meeting about its human rights record. Pyongyang accuses the United States of using the international organization for “schemes” against North Korea, state media KCNA reported on Saturday (19/8).
The UN Security Council discussed human rights violations in North Korea on Thursday (17/8). The US ambassador criticized leader Kim Jong Un for using “repression and cruelty” to develop nuclear weapons and missiles.
US President Joe Biden and the leaders of South Korea and Japan agreed at Camp David on Friday (18/8) to deepen cooperation in the military and economic fields, in the face of China’s rising power and the nuclear threat from North Korea. They also agreed to hold military drills every year and share real-time information about North Korea’s missile launches by the end of the year.
China, North Korea’s main ally, opposed the 15-member council meeting on abuses in North Korea, but made no attempt to block it.
“We will never tolerate the anti-(North Korea) US and its cohorts’ anti-human rights ‘human rights’ slander, and will defend the country’s sovereignty, socialist system and security interests,” KCNA quoted a spokesman from the country’s human rights research institute as saying . who is not named.
Pyongyang has for decades highlighted racial discrimination in the US as what it calls an example of Washington’s hypocrisy. North Korea said on Wednesday a US soldier, Travis King who crossed into North Korea last month, was fleeing acts of racism and harassment in the US.
Source : VOA News