North Korea rejects UN commission report on atrocities
Report is U.S.-orchestrated and Washington should mind own business, says unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman quoted by country's news agency.
North Korea is rejecting a UN commission's report that it committed crimes against humanity, calling it an "extremely dangerous" political provocation.
An unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman claims the panel was U.S.-orchestrated and that Washington should mind its own business.
In the statement carried Friday by North Korea's state news agency, the spokesman describes the report as "sheer lies" and says North Koreans enjoy "genuine rights."
The three-member commission, chaired by a retired Australian judge, on Monday recommended an international criminal investigation. It warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians.
Michael Kirby, chairman of the independent commission, told Reuters the crimes the team had catalogued were reminiscent of those committed by Nazis during World War Two.
"Some of them are strikingly similar," he said.
"Testimony was given ... in relation to the political prison camps of large numbers of people who were malnourished, who were effectively starved to death and then had to be disposed of in pots, burned and then buried ... It was the duty of other prisoners in the camps to dispose of them," he said.
The commission was established by the UN top human rights body. It conducted a yearlong investigation but was unable to visit North Korea.
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