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The agency dubbed as hypocritical the religious freedom discourse of the State Department of the United States, which “is responsible for the destabilisation of the world situation and change of regimes in the countries with the policy of which it is dissatisfied.” KCNA added that US former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other leaders of the country pursued the policy “aimed at the overthrow of the governments in Muslim states under the pretext of combating terrorism.”
The North Korean agency also said that Washington, annually criticising North Korea in various reports, seeks “to smear the reputation of the People’s Republic and isolate it in the international arena.” However, the attempts to inflict damage on North Korea by the absurd slander of the absence of religious freedoms “are absolutely senseless.” The North Korean constitution, the agency says, “fully guarantees the freedom of belief to the country’s citizens.”
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour “International Religious Freedom Report for 2013” was presented by Secretary of State John Kerry at a special briefing on July 28.
The report gives a list of the countries where religious freedom is violated. It includes, aside from North Korea, such countries as Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan and others.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the religious survey of the American colleagues, in which dismissed the report as biased and added that a number of countries would rightfully challenge its fairness.
“As for the Russian section of the report, it again contains a set of insinuations and dubious interpretations of internal Russian processes,” said Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov. “Washington still refuses to notice the big and consistent work that is carried out in our country for ensuring peaceful constructive coexistence of all the traditional religions, represented in the Russian Federation.