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North Korea envoy walks out of UN rights council as Japan speaks

Published on Mar 17, 2014 7:17 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - The North Korean ambassador to the UN in Geneva walked out of a Human Rights Council hearing on rights violations in his country when Japan took the floor.

So Se Pyon first interrupted a statement by the head of the Japanese Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea (AFVKN) to challenge his right to address the council, before standing up and walking out in protest.

Shigeo Iizuka, the head of AFVKN, took the floor on behalf of Japan to speak about his own sister Yaeko Taguchi, who was abducted from Japan by North Korea in 1978.

"She pleaded desperately to be returned to Japan for the sake of her infant children," he told the council.

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