According to Reuters (November 2, 2012), North Korea is angry at the way it has been portrayed by the UN. The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman accused North Korea of “extensive use of political prison camps, poor prison conditions and prisoners being subjected to forced labor, torture and corporal punishment.”
Of course, none of this is true – just ask the North.
North Korean delegate Kim Song read a statement to the committee, which includes all 193 U.N. member states, that said: “My delegation totally and categorically rejects the … groundless allegations.”
“The report of the special rapporteur is a product of the hostile policies of the United States and European Union against the DPRK (North Korea) and is a typical example of politicization, double standards and selectivity on the issue of human rights,” Kim said.
“We have nothing to hide,” Kim said. “We have nothing to be afraid of. On the contrary, we are proud of our superior system of promoting and protecting human rights in our country, including free medical care and free education system.”
“We will further develop and strengthen our social system that guarantees promotion and protection of human rights,” he added.
Kim was also quick to warn:
“It is a big mistake if certain countries expect any change from DPRK through political pressure,” he added. “We remain consistent in our peaceful position to solve all problems through negotiation and dialogue.”
I guess it is a matter of interpretation of what a “peaceful position” really is. Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite entertainer – President Clinton – and his view on what is and isn’t sex.