North Korea hits out at UN meeting over abuses
Published on Apr 19, 2014 3:17 AM
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea hit out early Saturday at an informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council in which the body was urged to slap sanctions on Pyongyang officials responsible for human rights abuses.
Michael Kirby - the head of a special UN inquiry into North Korean rights abuses - had told Thursday's get-together convened by Australia, France and the United States that "perpetrators must be held accountable".
"It is necessary to deter further crimes," the Australian judge said, adding that he also wanted the reclusive regime hauled before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.
Kirby's Commission of Inquiry on North Korea released a hard-hitting report on the nuclear-armed totalitarian state in February that documented a range of gross human rights abuses, including extermination, enslavement and sexual violence.
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