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N.Korea calls U.N. rights investigator report ‘malicious slander’

SEOUL, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A report this month by a United Nations rights investigator expressing concern in regards to the human rights and humanitarian scenario in North Korea is “malicious slander”, a North Korean organisation mentioned on Tuesday.

In his newest report, Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. particular rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, mentioned the nation’s most weak individuals threat hunger after it slipped deeper into isolation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ojea Quintana mentioned worldwide sanctions imposed over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme must be eased to supply extra help, however he additionally criticized abuses reminiscent of political jail camps and mentioned self-imposed border lockdowns to stop a COVID-19 outbreak had worsened situations.

“The ‘special rapporteur’, not being content with distorting our reality, has pointed a finger at our ‘people’s livelihood’ and viciously picked on the most realistic and appropriate anti-epidemic measures taken by our state for our own specific need in order to cope with the global epidemic,” an unidentified spokesperson for the Korea Association for Human Rights Studies mentioned in a press release carried by state information company KCNA.

The assertion mentioned North Korea doesn’t recognise Ojea Quintana’s mandate, and accused him of being a part of a U.S.-backed scheme to intrude with the interior affairs of different international locations.

“Our state takes full responsibility for the life security and livelihood of our people, and we have never asked anyone to worry about the living conditions of our people,” the assertion mentioned.

Leader Kim Jong Un mentioned in June the meals scenario was “tense” due to pure disasters final yr, and acknowledged that residents had confronted sacrifices throughout the pandemic.

North Korea has not reported any COVID-19 instances and has imposed strict anti-virus measures, together with border closures and home journey curbs.

Reporting by Josh Smith
Editing by Peter Graff

A group of people bow at the base of the giant bronze statue of the state founder and 'Great Leader' Kim-Il Sung in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang February 26, 2008.       REUTERS/David Gray/Files