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Dec 23, 2014

At U.N. council, U.S. calls life in North Korea ‘living nightmare’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea’s human rights record after voting to overrule China’s objections and add alleged grave abuses by the hermit state to the council’s agenda.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power described life in North Korea as a “living nightmare” and dismissed as absurd Pyongyang’s demand for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused.

Dec 22, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Dec 22, 2014

U.S. at U.N. calls North Korea ‘living nightmare;’ China overruled

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea’s human rights record after voting to over-rule China’s objections and add the hermit state to the council’s agenda.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power described life in North Korea as a “living nightmare” and dismissed as absurd Pyongyang’s demand for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused.

Dec 22, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Dec 22, 2014

U.N. council overrides China to add North Korea to agenda

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday voted to override China’s objections and formally add North Korea, including allegations of grave human rights abuses, to the council’s agenda.

There were 11 votes in favor, two against and two abstentions. Russia and China voted against the inclusion of North Korea on the council’s agenda, but as there are no vetoes in procedural votes of the council, the Chinese attempt to defeat the measure failed.

Dec 22, 2014
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Dec 22, 2014
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