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N. Korea slams U.N. resolution to maintain special human rights envoy

All Headlines 16:44 March 29, 2010

SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Monday blasted a U.N. resolution adopted last week to extend the mandate of a special envoy on human rights conditions in the communist state, calling it a plot by the United States and Japan to undermine its political system.

The U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution last Friday to extend the mandate for a special rapporteur on North Korean human rights that had been set to expire at the end of June.

An unnamed spokesman for the North's Foreign Ministry told the official Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Seoul, that the resolution is "peppered with distortions and fabrications and it is a product of a politically motivated plot of the U.S. and Japan."

"It is nothing but a daydream to bring about changes in (North Korea) by means of confrontation and pressure," he said.

Under a 2004 U.N. mandate, Vitit Muntarbhorn, a Thai law professor, has been working as special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, considered one of the worst rights violators in the world.

North Korea has refused to allow Muntarbhorn onto its soil and repeatedly denied that it violates its people's human rights. But critics say Pyongyang routinely tortures, imprisons and executes dissidents while impoverishing its people by diverting food and basic necessities to the elite.

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