North Korea rejects UN report as 'fabrications'

JACK KIM
Last updated 14:22 22/02/2014

Relevant offers

Asia

Death toll rises to 91 with more missing in Sri Lanka floods Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about rape to troops India bans sale of cows for slaughter Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane - US officials Schapelle Corby's lawyer believes she may have received lighter sentence if case less high-profile Mount Everest's Hillary Step is missing a 'large block' but is still there, mountaineer's son says Philippines deploys top commandoes, attack helicopters to retake city from Islamist rebels Police chief beheaded by militants in Philippines during deadly spree Taiwan's high court rules in favour of same-sex marriage Donald Trump praises Duterte for an 'unbelievable job' on drug issue - report

North Korea has rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs."

North Korean security chiefs and even Kim Jong Un should face international prosecution for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings of its people, UN investigators said on Monday in a report.

The unprecedented public rebuke to a head of state by a UN commission is likely to further antagonize Kim, but activists and defectors who fled the North including prison camp survivors expressed scepticism that the report will have any impact on the regime.

The North's foreign ministry said it categorically rejects the report by the UN Commission of Inquiry, which it said was "set up the U.S. and its satellite forces out of inveterate repugnance towards the DPRK."

DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and the comments were carried by the official KCNA news agency.

The UN report is "peppered with sheer lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs such as some 'elements with ambiguous identities who defected from the north', criminals escaped from it after committing crimes against the country to earn money," it said.

The North's formal rejection of the report comes after the UN human rights chief urged world powers to refer the state to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The North's foreign ministry said such a move would be "an extremely dangerous politically motivated provocation aimed to tarnish the image of the dignified DPRK and ramp up pressure on it in a bid to bring down its social system."

Referral to the Hague-based International Criminal Court is seen as unlikely given China's probable veto of any such move in the UN  Security Council, diplomats have said.

The UN investigators said China, which is the North's main ally, might also be "aiding and abetting crimes against humanity" by repatriating defectors back to the country to face torture or execution, a charge that Beijing dismisses.

The UN report documented crimes including murder, torture, rape, abductions, starvation and executions perpetrated by the North's security officials who ultimately reported to leader Kim.

North Korea's extermination of political prisoners over the past five decades might amount to genocide, the report said.

Ad Feedback

- (Live Matches)

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content