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UN panel condemns North Korea for missile launches and human rights abuses Updated: 2017-11-15 11:57:57 KST


The UN Third Committee, which oversees humanitarian issues, adopted a resolution on Tuesday calling on the regime to put an end to its human rights violations.
The committee also added new emphasis on the need to restart family reunions of those separated by the Korean War.
The resolution also includes providing foreign detainees with access to diplomatic missions in the country, as well as any other arrangements to "confirm their status and communicate with their families."
Currently, there are six South Koreans and three Americans detained in the North who are not granted those rights.
The latest resolution marks the 13th consecutive year in which the panel has adopted a text denouncing North Korea's human rights situation.
It cited a UN Commission of Inquiry's report from 2014 that details the regime's record of arbitrary detention, torture and public executions among other abuses.
The resolution also called for those responsible including North Korea's top leadership to be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
Pyongyang's ambassador to the UN, Ja Song-nam rejected the move accusing the UN panel of trying to overthrow the North Korean regime.
The envoy said the measures were a product of conspiracy by the United States and its partners with hostile intent before he got up and walked out of the meeting room.
The resolution will now be passed onto the UN General Assembly which is almost certain to adopt it in December.
Yu Joonhee, Arirang News.
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