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Date : November 8, 2014
EU, Japan calls for UN vote on N. Korea war crimes probe
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The European Union and Japan yesterday presented a United Nations resolution calling for a probe of the Pyongyang regime for crimes against humanity. 

“We cannot ignore the suffering of the people in DPRK (North Korea),” Italian counselor Emilia Gatto told the committee as she presented the resolution on behalf of the European Union and Japan.

While North Korea has offered to cooperate with the European Union and the United Nations, the human rights situation in the country raises “very serious concerns,” she said.

“These developments are clearly outweighed by the overall human rights situation,” Gatto told the committee.
“We regret to note that there have not been any substantive improvements on the ground.”

Speaking to the committee, North Korea accused the European Union and Japan of “choosing the path of confrontation” and warned that any prospect for cooperation on human rights would be “lost for good” if the resolution went forward.

“If the European Union and Japan enforce their attempt to adopt the resolution against DPRK by pushing the confrontation, it will only bring unpredictable results and the European Union and Japan will have to take full responsibility for all consequences to be incurred,” warned North Korean counselor Kim Song.

A vote of the committee is expected later this month before the measure goes to the full Assembly in December.

SOURCE: the Malay Mail Online


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