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North Korea slams UN human rights expert as ‘US puppet’

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North Korea has accused a U.N. human rights professional of serving as a “puppet” of america, claiming she made “reckless remarks” in regards to the nation’s system. 

The North Korean Everlasting Mission to the U.N. issued an announcement Friday calling U.S. efforts to enhance human rights a “racket” and that it was “ridiculous” for the U.S. “to behave itself as a ‘human rights decide’” whereas nonetheless attempting to grapple with its personal points.

“The ‘human rights’ racket of the U.S. and different hostile forces … is nothing however probably the most politicized hostile means for tarnishing the dignified picture of the Democratic Folks’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” it mentioned in an announcement. 

“Not way back, the U.S. Division of State gave hearty welcome to the group of the puppet traitors’ appointment of ‘ambassador for worldwide cooperation on North Korean human rights’ whereas taking challenge with our ‘human rights’ state of affairs viciously.” 

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Elizabeth Salmon, the brand new U.N. particular rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, speaks throughout a information convention in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 2, 2022. 
(Reuters/ Heo Ran)

Elizabeth Salmon, the U.N. particular rapporteur on North Korea’s human rights, made her first go to to South Korea to satisfy with officers, activists and North Korean defectors following her appointment final month. She mentioned Friday she was “totally conscious that the dearth of cooperation in [North Korea] is a problem, no doubts about it.” 

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North Korea asserted it had “made clear” that it will “neither acknowledge nor take care of any ‘particular rapporteur,'” slamming Salmon for her assertion in Seoul. 

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un places a flower to pay tribute to the North's soldiers killed in the Korean War and buried at the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery to mark the 69th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released July 27, 2022.

North Korea’s chief Kim Jong Un locations a flower to pay tribute to the North’s troopers killed within the Korean Conflict and buried on the Fatherland Liberation Conflict Martyrs Cemetery to mark the 69th anniversary of the Korean Conflict armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, on this picture launched July 27, 2022.
(North Korea’s Korean Central Information Company by way of REUTERS  )

Salmon outlined the aim of her go to, which aimed to “meet with, communicate to and be taught from” victims of the DPRK’s human rights violations. 

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“I’ll assume a victims-centered strategy all through the course of my mandate,” Salmon mentioned in her assertion. “Up to now many years, we’ve got realized that it’s the victims of human rights violations that should be the main target of any human rights or humanitarian endeavor.

South Korea's new President Yoon Suk Yeol waves from a car after the presidential inauguration outside the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2022.  

South Korea’s new President Yoon Suk Yeol waves from a automobile after the presidential inauguration exterior the Nationwide Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Could 10, 2022.  
(AP Photograph/Lee Jin-man)

“The legitimacy and effectiveness of our work rests on this,” she added. “For my mandate, this can embody offering extra alternatives for the voices of victims to be heard.”

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North Korea added that it will “by no means pardon” the U.S. and its “vassal forces” that intention to overthrow its “social system.” 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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