Last week, the United Nations adopted a resolution on North Korea's human rights for the 17th consecutive year.
It condemned the regime for violating human rights in a "systematic" way.
South Korea did not co-sponsor the resolution as usual but it did join the adoption.
For more, we have Dr. Go Myong-hyun, our senior North Korea analyst live in the studio with us.
Dr. Go, thanks for joining us.
The resolution condemns North Korea's torture and other cruel treatment, of course sparking a backlash from Pyeongyang.
Last week, UN Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Tomas Ojea Quintana accused China of repatriating North Korean defectors.
How does the international community see the human rights situation in North Korea?
This year, the UN adoption urges the North to cooperate with the COVAX Facility to improve the humanitarian situation amid the pandemic.
What significance do you see in this year's resolution?
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield is likely to visit Seoul next month for the UN Peacekeeping ministerial meeting here.
Do you think she will carry some message toward North Korea?
Today, Seoul's unification minister Lee In-young told reporters that South Korea's push for the end-of-war declaration is separate from the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Some suggest that the Olympics could serve as a chance to discuss the four-way declaration involving the U.S. and China, but the U.S. might hold a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
What are the prospects for possible talks with Pyeongyang before the end of President Moon's term in office?
North Korea test fired a series of missiles in September and October citing their military development plan.
But they've gone a bit quiet recently. Why do you think that is?
That was Dr. GO Myong-hyun, senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Thank you for your insights.