North Korea Blames UN Human Rights Meeting as "Hubbub"

Write : 2014-09-24 09:33:45 Update : 2014-09-24 12:20:45

North Korea Blames UN Human Rights Meeting as "Hubbub"

North Korea strongly protested criticisms over its human rights situation made during a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Ja Song-nam, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, told reporters in New York on Tuesday that the United States is lying about the human rights situation in the North. 

Calling the latest criticisms as “human rights hubbub,” the North Korean diplomat argued the U.S. refused the North's request to attend the ministerial meeting because it is distorting the human rights situation in North Korea. 
 
At the ministerial meeting held early Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry referred to the political prison camps in the North as an “evil system,” and urged the North Korean regime to shut them down.

Ja also criticized Shin Dong-hyuk, a North Korean defector who talked about the political prisons in the North during the ministerial meeting. He said Shin is accused in the North of sexually harassing a minor and needs to be punished, claiming that Shin is not a trustworthy person.
 
Ja was also skeptical about the possibility of a meeting between foreign chiefs of North Korea and the U.S. during the UN General Assembly. He said the U.S. would not have made such a harsh criticism against the North if it had had any intention of meeting with the North.

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong is attending the UN General Assembly.
 
Meanwhile, in a statement issued in New York on Tuesday, North Korea said it cannot accept a UN report released early this year, saying the report was unilaterally drafted without any consultation with the regime. The UN Commission of Inquiry accused the North in the March report of “systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights.” 

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