UN / DPRK HUMAN RIGHTS

14-Nov-2017 00:01:38
North Korean ambassador Jan Song Nam described a resolution adopted at the UN today as a “human rights racket” against his country by the United States and “its vassal forces.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DPRK HUMAN RIGHTS
TRT: 01:38
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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14 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Song Nam, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations (DPRK):
“Now the US (United States) and its vassal forces are more desperate in their human rights racket against the DPRK, while resorting to the unprecedented military threat and blackmail sanctions and pressure against it. The manoeuvres of the US to sanction and stifle the DPRK have reached the extremely vicious and barbarian phase in their attempts to eliminate the rights to survival and development of our state and people, destroy the modern civilization and turn the world back into a dark mediaeval age.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Song Nam, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations (DPRK):
“The indiscriminate blockade under the pretext of implementing the sanctions resolutions is being imposed to the DPRK cutting the delivery of medical equipment and medicine for patients, disabled persons, mothers, and children, and creating obstacles to the production of educational equipment and nutritional food for children.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations:
“Despite the people’s need and successive Security Council resolutions, the DPRK authorities continue to divert their resources into pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people. Such a decision itself constitutes a serious human rights violation.”
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STORYLINE
North Korean ambassador Jan Song Nam described a resolution adopted at the UN today (14 Nov) as a “human rights racket” against his country by the United States and “its vassal forces.”

Jan spoke prior to the adoption of a resolution on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by the UN General Assembly’s third committee. The resolution, submitted by the European Union and Japan, was adopted without a vote by the committee, which deals with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues.

Jan said the resolution contained nothing to genuinely promote and protect human rights. He said, “The manoeuvres of the US to sanction and stifle the DPRK have reached the extremely vicious and barbarian phase in their attempts to eliminate the rights to survival and development of our state and people, destroy the modern civilization and turn the world back into a dark mediaeval age.”

The North Korean ambassador said the “indiscriminate blockade” being imposed on his country has cut the delivery of medical equipment and “medicine for patients, disabled persons, mothers, and children” and created obstacles to the production of educational equipment and “nutritional food for children.”

Japanese ambassador Koro Bessho said the human rights situation in the DPRK is as grave as ever. He said, according the UN, half of the population suffered major insecurity in food and medical care and the lack of basic services, especially in water and sanitation, is also threatening the wellbeing of people. Bessho added, “Despite the people’s need and successive Security Council resolutions, the DPRK authorities continue to divert their resources into pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people. Such a decision itself constitutes a serious human rights violation.”

The Japanese ambassador said it was regrettable that the DPRK continues to refuse to respond to voices of grave concern from the international community. He urged the DPRK to heed to the message of the international community embodied in the resolution and to take concrete steps towards resolving outstanding issues of serious human rights violations.
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