U.N. probe says N. Korea’s crimes on par with Nazis’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) visits the Kim Il Sung University of Politics on March 9, 2014 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. (Reuters)

The crimes of North Korea’s regime are as chilling as those of the Nazis, the apartheid regime or Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge and must be stopped, the head of a U.N. inquiry said Monday.

“Contending with the great scourges of Nazism, apartheid, the Khmer Rouge and other affronts required courage by great nations and ordinary human beings alike,” Michael Kirby told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“It is now your solemn duty to address the scourge of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” he said.

China dismissed the United Nations report on Monday, saying an independent commission of inquiry had made unfounded accusations, with some recommendations that were “divorced from reality.”

“The inability of the commission to get support and cooperation from the country concerned makes it impossible for the commission to carry out its mandate in an impartial, objective and effective manner,” Chinese diplomat Chen Chuandong told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The 370-page report was based on information and interviews collected outside the country, without first hand information, Chen said. “The question then arises can such an inquiry be
truly credible?”


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