For the 14th consecutive year, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on Monday local time in New York, criticizing the "systematic, widespread and gross" human rights violations in North Korea.
Condemning the use of torture in the North, the resolution also denounces the inhumane conditions of detention, public executions and the existing system of political prison camps.
The assembly's adoption of such a resolution comes at a time where the denuclearization talks between Pyeongyang and Washington appear to have stalled, pointing out the lack of progress in addressing the human rights issues in the North.
The resolution urges the UN Security Council to consider further sanctions on the regime to aim at those most responsible for human rights violations, seen as a clear reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
But North Korea's ambassador to the UN rebuked the allegations, calling them the most despicable false allegations made up by a number of defectors who escaped the regime after committing crimes.
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"Draft resolution has nothing to do with genuine human rights, as it is a product of political plot of hostile forces that try to disgrace image of DPRK."
But the resolution, unlike previous versions, added a part that says it welcomes the ongoing diplomatic efforts with the regime and notes the importance of dialogue and engagements for the improvement of the human rights and humanitarian situation in North Korea.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry said it supported the resolution and is working together with the international community to achieve substantial improvement in the human rights of the North Korean people.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News