N Korea-UN resolution

SEOUL, March 22 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday rejected a recent U.N. decision to open a formal investigation into its alleged human rights violations, calling it "a political chicanery."

In Geneva on Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a three-member Commission of Inquiry on North Korean Human Rights for a one-year mission.

In a statement released through the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), monitored in Seoul, Pyongyang's foreign ministry said the resolution "does not deserve even a passing note."

"We will as always totally reject and disregard the recent 'human rights resolution' against the DPRK, a product of political confrontation and conspiracy," the English-language statement said, referring to the country by its official name. "The U.S., driven into a tight corner by a series of setbacks sustained by it in the political and military confrontation with the DPRK, is kicking up an anti-DPRK human rights campaign involving its allies in a ridiculous bid to hurt the DPRK."

The North also accused the U.S. and its allies of harboring "inveterate repugnancy and hostility" toward Pyongyang and of trying to remove the ideology and system that the North Korean people have chosen. It said such acts will only intensify its action against the U.S.

The top North Korean envoy in Geneva, So Se-pyong, also told the U.N. meeting that his country can't accept the resolution, since it is politically motivated.

Passing the resolution was seen as a mostly symbolic and yet significant step in sending a message to North Korea, considered one of the worst violators of human rights.

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