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PYONGYANG, December 25. /TASS/. Hostile forces, including the United States and South Korea, “intentionally dramatise the rights situation in North Korea to topple the social system existing in the republic,” an official of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said in a statement published in North Korean papers on Friday.
The committee said that under pressure of such forces the UN General Assembly had adopted a resolution on rights in North Korea at its session, and the Security Council of the global organisation had put this issue on its official agenda.
North Korea estimated such actions “as a serious provocation and a declaration of war,” the statement said. The committee condemned South Korean leadership headed by President Park Geun-hye, who, in his view, “as a U.S. puppet supports American administration policy seeking to stain North Korea’s reputation on the international scene.”
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “will take most decisive countermeasures in retaliation to a war in the sphere of human rights declared to the country,” the committee’s official said. First of all, “a fair and merciless punishment awaits South Korean authorities who call for tougher confrontation with compatriots in the North,” he said.
On Monday, the UN Security Council held a first meeting on the situation over the observance of rights in North Korea. This issue was put on the UN Security Council’s agenda at the initiative of the United States, Britain, France, South Korea and several other countries despite opposition from Russia and China. North Korean delegation boycotted the meeting. China and Russia warned at the council’s meeting that debate on rights situation in North Korea will not promote talks with Pyongyang on this issue. On December 15, North Korea has made an official request in the UN Security Council to consider the issue of CIA tortures of suspected terrorists, but the council did not give any reply to it.