DPRK Slams UN "Human Rights Resolution"

The following is reprinted from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Pyongyang, November 20 (KCNA) – A spokesman for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Ministry Friday gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA as regards the "resolution on human rights situation" against the DPRK adopted at a meeting of the Third Committee of the 64th UN General Assembly: The adoption of the said resolution is nothing but a trite political plot hatched by hostile forces against the DPRK every year.

It should never be overlooked that the U.S., playing a main role, instigated the EU, Japan and its other followers to fake up again a brigandish document defiling the system in the DPRK and infringing upon its sovereignty on the basis of all sorts of lies and fabrications.

The illegal and highhanded nature of the hostile action lies in that the "resolution" was railroaded through the meeting of the above-said committee despite the fact that a universal periodic review on the human rights situation in the DPRK is slated to be made at the UN Human Rights Council in coming December and majority member nations of the UN including the non-aligned countries are strongly opposed to the adoption of a country-specific resolution.

One should keep one's hands clean before pointing accusing fingers to others.

The U.S. is committing every day such human rights abuses as invading sovereign states under the pretext of "a war on terrorism" and brutally killing innocent civilians and other Western countries are plagued with all sorts of human rights abuses and social evils such as maltreatment of minorities and natives, racial discrimination, murder and prostitution. Are they entitled to dare take issue with other countries' human rights performance so shamelessly?

Japan has not yet redeemed hideous human rights abuses it perpetrated in Korea last century such as the massacre of more than a million Koreans, the forcible drafting of at least 8.4 million Korean workers and the act of forcing 200,000 Korean women into sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army. No matter how vociferous it wants to become it has no right whatsoever to say anything about human rights.

The DPRK categorically and totally rejects as it did in the past any "resolution" fabricated by the U.S. and its followers to do harm to the ideology and system in the DPRK chosen by its people as part of their interference in its internal affairs under the pretext of "championing human rights."

Human rights mean sovereign rights and the latter keeps every nation alive.

One cannot think of enjoying genuine human rights and their protection without being provided with a guarantee for national sovereignty. This is the truth proven by the present reality of international relations.

The UN Charter recognizes the right to self-determination, the right of choice and the principle of non-interference in other's internal affairs.

No country in the world has the right to force its own socio-political system upon other country and it can never do so.