North Korea's new leadership urged to address human rights issues

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An employee of the WFP-supported Munchon Biscuit Factory in Munchon, DPRK

The new leadership in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been urged to resolve long-standing human rights issues including access to food.

The country has recently undergone a change in leadership with the international community hoping it will be more open.

Speaking at the end of an official trip to Japan UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, Marzuki Darusman said food was a priority.

"This is the over-riding issue that the country, the government needs to address, in a way that convinces the international community that it is doing something about this, rather than diverting resources for military purposes."

Mr Darusman was not granted entry into the country.

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