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US backs UN action on North Korea human rights

Published on Mar 15, 2014 4:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said Friday it supported UN action on North Korea's human rights record after a hard-hitting report compared the regime's treatment of its people to the Holocaust.

Robert King, the US special envoy on North Korean human rights, voiced confidence that the UN Human Rights Council would pass a resolution on the totalitarian state's record at its session next week in Geneva.

Mr King said that details were still being worked out on the resolution, which is spearheaded by the European Union and Japan, but that the United States would back bringing North Korea's human rights record before the more powerful UN Security Council.

"If it can be worked out to have this debated and discussed in the Security Council, we certainly would be supportive of doing that," Mr King told reporters before his trip to Geneva.

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