12.22.14: NKorea refuses to attend Security Council mtg
UNITED NATIONS (AP) —North Korea is angry again, refusing to participate in today’s United Nations Security Council discussion about the reclusive nation’s human rights record.
The discussion is to be the first of its kind concerning North Korea, which is also on the defensive now over a U.S. accusation of hacking Sony.
A sprawling U.N.-backed inquiry of alleged crimes against humanity warns that young leader Kim Jong Un could be held accountable. North Korea calls people who aided the commission of inquiry “human scum.”
Now the 15-member Security Council is being urged to refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court in the boldest effort yet to confront Pyongyang over the issue it has openly disdained in the past.
North Korea accuses the United States and its allies of using the human rights issue as a weapon to overthrow the leadership.