North Korea Blasts US Human Rights Conference

An undated picture made available by North's Korean Central News Agency on 23 November 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un guiding a joint drill of military units at an undisclosed location in North Korea. A North Korean ambassador criticized a conference on Pyongyang's human rights record that was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Washington, calling it a "hostile act," news reports said. EPA/KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY SOUTH KOREA OUT

BANGKOK (DPA) – A North Korean ambassador criticized a conference on Pyongyang's human rights record that was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Washington, calling it a "hostile act," news reports said.

"We will respond very strongly to such a political plot," said Jang Il Hun, one of North Korea's UN ambassadors, according to Kyodo News.

"We have made a request to the US government to immediately scrap the so-called conference on North Korean human rights."

The event is to be held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the US capital. It follows a United Nations report last year that documented North Korea's human rights abuses.

"We are not guilty of any crime," said Jang, who also demanded that North Korea be allowed to represent itself at the conference.

Speakers were to include Robert King, of the US State Department's special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, and Jung Hoon Lee, of South Korea, among others, Kyodo reported.

 

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