U.N. condemns N. Korea for not aiding people
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee approved a resolution Tuesday condemning North Korea for diverting its resources to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of helping its people, over half of whom need more food and improved medical care.
The resolution sponsored by the European Union and Japan was adopted without a vote by the General Assembly’s human rights committee. It has 61 co-sponsors — two more than last year — and now goes to the 193-member assembly which is certain to adopt it in December.
Estonia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Minna-Liina Lind, speaking on behalf of the EU, accused North Korea of committing serious human rights violations “in a widespread and systematic way,” including by its “inhumane conditions in detention camps,” restricted freedom of movement and limitations on the right to information.
Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho said that despite the needs of North Koreans, authorities “continue to divert their resources into pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people.”
North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam told the committee before the vote that the government “categorically rejects” the resolution.
He called it “a product of the political and military confrontation, plot and conspiracy of the United States and other hostile forces.”