Talks with N Ko­rea should be on hu­man rights too: UN ex­pert

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Seoul: A United Na­tion rights in­ves­ti­ga­tor on Fri­day said that ne­go­ti­a­tions on North Ko­rea’s de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion must also in­clude its abysmal hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion.

To­mas Ojea Quin­tana told re­porters that he wants North Ko­rea to ac­cept his call for a di­a­logue on its rights con­di­tions. He said North Ko­rea has not al­lowed him to visit de­spite his re­quests over the past three years for co­op­er­a­tion.

Quin­tana, the UN spe­cial rap­por­teur on North Korean hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion, said the is­sue was side­lined in diplo­matic ef­forts last year on strip­ping North Ko­rea of its nu­clear weapons.

“The fact is that with all the pos­i­tive devel­op­ments the world has wit­nessed in the past year, it is all the more re­gret­table that the re­al­ity for hu­man rights on the ground re­mains un­changed, and con­tin­ues to be ex­tremely se­ri­ous,” he said.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has an his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity not to ne­glect but con­tinue to pro­mote im­prove­ment of the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion” in North A UN Com­mis­sion of In­quiry con­cluded in 2014 that North Ko­rea has com­mit­ted crimes against hu­man­ity, in­clud­ing ex­ter­mi­na­tion, mur­der, en­slave­ment, tor­ture among oth­ers.

Ko­rea, he said.

Nu­clear diplo­macy has made lit­tle progress since a US-North Ko­rea sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore last June. Prospects for a sec­ond sum­mit in­creased after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vis­ited China this week in what ex­perts say was a trip aimed at co­or­di­nat­ing po­si­tions ahead of talks with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

N Ko­rea leader Kim Jong Un

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