North Korea warns UN Security Council to avoid human rights talks


North Korean government on Wednesday, has warned the United Nations Security Council that any discussion by the body of the country’s human rights situation would be a “serious provocation” and would trigger Pyongyang to “respond strongly’’.

In his letter to the Council which was seen by Reuters, North Korea’s UN ambassador Kim Song, warned that such a meeting would be an “act of conniving at and siding with the US hostile policy, which will lead to undermining rather than helping reduction of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and resolution of the nuclear issue.”

Diplomats said several members of the 15-member council are planning to request a meeting this month on human rights abuses in North Korea. (Source: CNA)