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FM Spokesman Rejects UN 'Human Rights Resolution' against DPRK

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, November 20 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Thursday issued the following statement in denunciation of the UN 'resolution on human rights' against the DPRK:

The United States perpetrated such grave politically-motivated provocation as railroading the 'resolution on human rights' against the DPRK through the meeting of the Third Committee of the 69th UN General Assembly on Nov. 18 by instigating the EU and Japan and setting in motion hand-raising machines through highhanded practice and political and economic pressure.

The 'resolution' is peppered with malignant accusations based on such conspiratorial document as the 'report of the Commission of Inquiry' on human rights situation in the DPRK, a collection of lies and fabrications called 'testimonies' made by a handful of 'defectors from the north' who fled or were lured after committing crimes in the DPRK.

The history of the UN does not know such precedence as adopting a 'resolution' of its General Assembly based on a 'report' hastily worked out without any dialogue with the country concerned and any visit to it.

The U.S. barely managed to garner votes necessary for adopting the 'resolution' by whipping together hand-raising machines but not a few countries confessed that they voted for it under the threat of the U.S. and Japan to halt economic aid, not because of human rights issue. This clearly proves that the 'resolution' was a political fraud.

Some countries of the EU and Japan acted servants for adopting the 'resolution,' disclosing themselves that their much touted 'efforts for human rights' were not for a genuine improvement of human rights but for the pursuance of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and sycophancy towards it.

This time the DPRK clarified its will to have wide-ranging cooperation in the field of human rights and readiness to actively promote human rights dialogue and exchange. However, the hostile forces finally denied cooperation and chose the way of confrontation.

This behavior revealed that the call of the followers of the U.S. for human rights dialogue was hypocritical and closed themselves the door of not only human rights dialogue but other dialogues and exchange and cooperation.

The U.S. kicked off its 'human rights' offensive against the DPRK in real earnest in a bid to invent a pretext for armed intervention by terming the DPRK a 'tundra of human rights abuses' in the international arena.

History vividly remembers the Yugoslav War unleashed by the U.S. in 1999 under the pretext of 'protecting human rights and a minority'.

A dangerous precedent is in the making to politicize and internationalize the human rights issue of an individual country and use it for toppling its social system.

The prevailing serious situation in which international law is violated by high-handed practices goes to more clearly prove the DPRK's constant view that human rights precisely mean national sovereignty.

The DPRK bitterly denounces and categorically rejects the railroading of the recent 'resolution' manipulated by the U.S. in an attempt to topple the socialist system centered on the popular masses, the system chosen by the Korean people and which they regard as dearer than their own lives, as the most striking manifestation of the hostile policy towards the DPRK.

Now that the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK compels the latter not to exercise restraint any longer in conducting a new nuclear test, its war deterrence will grow stronger unlimitedly to cope with the armed intervention of the U.S.

The principal architect of the above-said 'resolution' and its servants will be held wholly responsible for all the consequences to be entailed by its adoption.

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