U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry savaged North Korea in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, describing it as an "evil, evil place."
In response to a question about the recent U.N. investigation into the country's human rights abuses, Kerry said that North Korea "is one of the most closed and...cruel places on Earth."
Dealing with the country's human rights violations will require "enormous resolve" from the international community, he said, adding that "every aspect of any law that can be applied should be applied."
The country, Kerry said, has used anti-aircraft guns to "obliterate" people, while forcing others to watch the brutal executions.
In its Feb. 17 report, the U.N.'s special commission on North Korean human rights violations recommended that the country's regime be referred to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for "crimes against humanity."