UN slams North Korea for divert­ing funds to mis­siles

The Myanmar Times - - World -

UNITED Na­tions mem­ber states con­demned wide­spread hu­man rights violations in North Korea and ex­pressed concerns that funds needed to ease the dire hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis are spent on Py­ongyang’s mis­sile and nu­clear pro­grams.

A res­o­lu­tion drafted by Ja­pan and the EU was adopted by a con­sen­sus vote in the Gen­eral Assem­bly’s com­mit­tee on hu­man­i­tar­ian af­fairs.

Fol­low­ing the vote, diplo­mats from China, which is Py­ongyang’s ally, as well as Rus­sia, Syria, Iran and Cuba took the floor to state they were dis­as­so­ci­at­ing them­selves from the out­come.

The full Gen­eral Assem­bly will vote on the mea­sure next month.

North Korea has con­ducted two nu­clear tests this year and test-fired a se­ries of mis­siles, even as 18 mil­lion North Kore­ans out of a to­tal pop­u­la­tion of 25 mil­lion are fac­ing food short­ages, Ja­pan’s Koro Bessho said on Novem­ber 15.

“The au­thor­i­ties of the DPRK [North Korea], without re­gard to the plight of their own cit­i­zens, di­vert their lim­ited re­sources to de­velop weapons of mass destruc­tion,” the am­bas­sador said.

“Such in­sti­tu­tional de­ci­sion it­self is a hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion,” he told the com­mit­tee.

North Korean coun­sel­lor Ri Song Chol re­sponded, “Ja­pan should mind its own busi­ness.”

Py­ongyang “cat­e­gor­i­cally re­jects” the res­o­lu­tion, said the North Korean diplo­mat, de­scrib­ing it as one-sided and an “ex­treme man­i­fes­ta­tion of politi­ci­sa­tion.”

The res­o­lu­tion for the third year en­cour­ages the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to re­fer North Korea to the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court for war crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tion. –

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