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N. Korea slams US over UN resolution on human rights

TOKYO, Nov 15 (KUNA) -- North Korea on Thursday condemned the US and other countries for pushing to adopt an anti-North human rights resolution at the UN while "covering up" their own human rights problems, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported.
"The US, European countries and Japan had better make efforts to correct their own human rights lapses, instead of attacking the North's rights conditions based on fabricated data," said the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, which was monitored in Seoul.
"The US, Europe and Japan are not in a position to take issue with other countries' human rights problems, as the world's most serious violations of human rights occur in Western countries," the newspaper said in an editorial. "The (Western countries) are busily moving to internationalize and politicize our country's human rights problem on the basis of forged and fake documents," it said.
The North's commentary came as the Third Committee of the UN is expected to pass a new North Korean human rights resolution by consensus this week and forward it to a UN General Assembly session for a vote. If it is adopted, it would mark the 14th straight year for the UN to condemn the nation's human rights abuses in writing.
Since last week, North Korea has intensified its calls for South Korea not to participate in the UN vote on the North Korean human rights resolution via its various media outlets. But Seoul has expressed support for the resolution. (end) mk.hb