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North Korea slams UN condemnation on rights abuses

Published on Mar 31, 2014 10:02 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea lashed out on Monday at the UN's top rights body for its "vicious, hostile" act in adopting a resolution condemning Pyongyang's record of systematic human rights abuse.

The resolution approved on Friday by the 47-member UN Human Rights Council, urged the UN Security Council to ensure that those responsible for "gross human rights violations" in North Korea be held to account.

It was adopted on the back of a damning 400-page UN report that detailed endemic abuses, including rape, torture and enslavement, that could amount to crimes against humanity.

In a statement carried on the North's official KCNA news agency, Pyongyang's foreign ministry said it "totally opposes and rejects" the resolution which it called a product a "vicious, hostile policy" engineered by the United States.

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