North Korea: South Korea’s Human Rights Concerns “irresponsible”
North Korean representative Choe Myong Nam called South Korea’s recent renewed interest in North Korean human rights “irresponsible” and warned of “negative repercussions.”
When a South Korean representative expressed concerns about the North Korean human rights situation at the 2007 UNHRC session, a North Korean delegate merely said the representative’s remarks “run counter to the spirit of the joint inter-Korean declaration and the atmosphere of reconciliation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula.”
Choe’s remarks at the latest session show that North Korea has apparently decided to strongly resist the new South Korean government’s hard-line policy on the issue.
When a representative of European Union chair Slovenia called for extending the mandate of the UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights, Choe called the UN “extremely politicized.” He said the demand is based on a “double standard applied selectively to North Korea” and is “neither justified nor accepted (via Chosun Ilbo).”