U.N. con­demns N. Korea for not aid­ing peo­ple

The Republican Herald - - NATION/WORLD -

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.”

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