U.N. slams North Korea on human rights


THE YOUNG KIM HAS TRIED VERY HARD TO FEND OFF. HE HAS RELEASED THREE AMERICAN PRISONERS IN THREE WEEKS. MADE A PEACE OVERTURE WITH SOUTH KOREA. SHOWED AN OPENNESS WITH THE U.S. AND JAPAN. THERE’S. THERE’S NO DOUBT HE’S BEEN ON A CHARM OFFENSIVE THE PROBLEM IS THEY HAVEN’T USED THEIR CHARM MUSCLES IN 65 YEARS SO IT HASN’T BEEN PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE.>>Reporter: ESPECIALLY SINCE THE GOAL WAS TO HEAD OFF A HUMILIATING VOTE AT THE U.N. TODAY THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTED TO HOLD THE LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. IT STEMS FROM THIS. A DEVASTATING REPORT IN WHICH HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS DETAILED ABUSES AT NORTH KOREAN PRISONER CAMPS. THEY PRESENTED PRISONERS EATING SNAKES AND RATHER. EMACIATED PEOPLE EATING RATS. ONE STARVING WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH IN A CAMP. A PRISON OFFICIAL HEARD THE WOMAN’S CRIES, BEAT THE WOMAN AND FORCED HER TO KILL THE BABY.>>THE NORTH KOREANS DENIED ALL OF IT.>>WE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THERE IS NO PRISON CAMPS IN OUR COUNTRY. NOTHING — >>BUT THE VOTE AT THE U.N. RECOMMENDS A REFERRAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT FOR THE POSSIBLE PROSECUTION OF NORTH KOREAN LEADERS FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. IT IS UNLIKELY TO GET THAT FAR BECAUSE NORTH KOREA’S CLOSEST ALLY WILL LIKELY VETO IT BUT ANALYSTS SAY KIM AND HIS INNER CIRCLE WILL BE RATTLED.>>I THINK THEY ARE AFRAID, FIRST, OF THE LEGITIMACY OF THIS GOVERNMENT.>>IN THE NORTH KOREAN SYSTEM HE IS DEIFIED. THE IDEA THAT HE COULD END

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