Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has urged action by the international community to improve human rights in North Korea.
Speaking at a high-level human rights meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Yun said the international community mustn't forget that its inaction hurts ordinary North Koreans.
The foreign ministers of Switzerland and Germany co-hosted the meeting under the theme "Preventing Conflicts through the Mainstreaming of Human Rights," which aims to reduce conflict by halting human rights violations.
In his speech, Yun said North Korea has become one of the poorest countries in the world, but is devoting its scarce resources to developing weapons of mass destruction instead of relieving the poverty of its people.
He said the North recently conducted its fifth nuclear test despite enduring the worst flood in decades. The minister said this proves the shamelessness of the North Korean regime, which completely ignores the lives of ordinary citizens.