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I now have the full video of the incident on Thursday at the United Nations when a North Korean diplomat interrupted a discussion on human rights.
It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
At the meeting, the diplomat began speaking just after a defector ended his speech and without being recognized by the chair, journalist Barbara Demick. After giving him a few moments to speak, Demick asked them to reserve their comments for the question and answer period, but they continued.
You can see the whole thing here.
A North Korean delegate interrupted an event being held at the United Nations on Thursday that was focusing on Human Rights in the DPRK.
The event was organized by the U.S. and featured Ambassadors Samantha Power and Robert King on the panel alongside journalist Barbara Demick and others. There were 23 defectors in attendance, according to the U.N.
Ja Song Nam, the DPRK’s ambassador to the U.N. sent a letter earlier this week to the president of the Security Council protesting the exercise, which is due to begin this weekend and involves thousands of troops in a large-scale computer simulation of a military action on the Korean peninsula.
Calling them “dangerous joint military exercises,” Ja wrote, “The United States-south [sic] Korea joint military exercises, including the ‘Ulji Freedom Guardian’, are by no means annual or routine exercises of a “defensive nature” but are real combat-like nuclear war games of aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” More >
North Korea has taken its outrage over a new Hollywood movie to the United Nations.
Ja Song Nam, the country’s ambassador to the U.N., sent a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on June 27 with a copy of a Korean Central News Agency article that expressed displeasure at “The Interview,” a movie by Seth Rogen and James Franco.
The movie is described by its makers as an “action comedy” and has Franco and Rogen running a celebrity tabloid TV show.
“When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.”
North Korea isn’t amused by the plot line. More >
A visit to North Korea by the executive director of the UN World Food Programme this week has provided a glimpse inside a handful of state-run establishments that care for babies and new mothers.
The pictures, shot by the WFP on May 20, showed several stops on the visit by Ertharin Cousin, which lasted from May 19 to May 21.
The children in the images don’t appear to be suffering from some of the chronic malnutrition witnessed in the past in North Korea, but their ages are unclear and it’s not known whether the facilities were given notice of Cousin’s visit or the locations were selected by the government.
Cousin was in North Korea to gain a better understanding of the humanitarian needs and food security situation in the country and to see some of her organization’s work. The WFP produces specialized nutritious food and supplies it to children in hospitals, baby homes, nurseries and schools but its operations in the DPRK are only 24 percent funded. More >
It’s not often that a North Korean official faces a skeptical press corps and takes questions. Judging by Friday’s appearance at the United Nations by DPRK Ambassador Sin Son-ho, it’s even rarer that they provide answers to those questions.
Sin called a news conference at the U.N. in New York on Friday morning to announce North Korea’s proposal to lay steps towards “national reconciliation and unity” with South Korea.
His comments echoed those of North Korea’s National Defence Commission, which earlier in the day published the proposal through the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
A key demand is that the U.S. and South Korean cancel the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises that are due to begin in South Korea in late February.
The United Nations Human Rights agency said it is following with concern news coming out of Pyongyang that Jang Song Thaek was executed this week.
“This underscores the arbitrary nature of the system in the DPRK and the absence of transparency and due process which is required for the rule of law,” said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a briefing in Geneva.
In Washington, the U.S. State Department said the execution illustrated “the values of the regime, their low regard for human life, what’s probably one of the worst human rights records in the world.”
Here are clips of the two briefings:
The chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea called this week on the country to allow them access to areas of North Korea that are said to contain prison camps.
Speaking at a news conference in New York on Tuesday, Michael Kirby said, “We have asked for the permission to go and visit North Korea, to engage with its people. We have pointed out that the best way to respond to the contention that the testimony which has been recorded in our public hearings is false, would be to open those parts of North Korea which are said to contain the detention and prison camps of which the witnesses before us gave copious evidence.”
Kirby was speaking after the commission wrapped up a series of multi-city hearings on human rights in the DPRK.
“Some of the testimony has been extremely distressing; testimony concerning the detention facilities, the lack of proper food in them, the fact that there are people in the detention facilities who have committed no offense, no crime, according to their testimony, but who are simply there because of the notion of intergenerational guilt, which is a feature of the system in North Korea,” he said.
Here’s some video of the news conference: