United Nations official: NKoreans say it is important to prevent war

Share
United Nations official: NKoreans say it is important to prevent war

United Nations imposed sanctions on North Korea are adversely affecting the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid to the East Asian country, where an estimated 18 million North Koreans, almost 70 percent of the population, are suffering from acute food shortages, UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said, according to AFP.

"I think they listened seriously to our arguments... they didn't offer any type of commitment to us at that point", he said, when asked whether he sensed that Pyongyang was willing to talk to Washington.

He said he underscored the need to prevent miscalculation and reduce the risk of conflict. "They have to reflect on what we said with their leadership", Feltman told reporters.

The smuggling is done by ship-to-ship transfers, he said, suggesting that foreign vessels are moving the goods on the high seas to North Korean ships that take them ashore.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council that the systematic human rights violations against North Korea's people "are a means to a single end: Keeping the Kim Jong Un regime in power".

The United Nations' political affairs chief visited the DPRK between December 5 and 9, meeting senior North Korean officials including foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and vice foreign minister Pak Myong Guk.

Other UN officials also noted that human rights conditions in the North are not improving in spite of the global community's continued pressure.

Jeffrey Feltman
GETTYThe UN official did not speak to reporters following his arrival at Beijing airport from Pyongyang

He said such violations have escalated in North Korea, along with tensions over its nuclear and missile tests, making restrictions on movement all the more stringent and exacerbating the already "horrific" prison condition. He said Trump endorsed his stance.

Feltman stressed the need for relevant Security Council resolutions to be implemented, saying a diplomatic solution could be achieved through honest dialogue. But he and his team sought to get them to understand that whatever problems there are between Pyongyang and Washington, North Korea has a larger issue to deal with - "which is that the global community does not accept its nuclear program".

Detainees are forced to work in mines or on building projects, face beatings, "and are being fed so little they barely survive", Zeid said.

He said increasingly tough United Nations sanctions that have been unanimously approved by all 15 Security Council members helped him show that the problem is not simply a U.S.

"But we have to get there by opening the door to a different direction from the current trajectory" that North Korea is on, he said.

"If the US and other hostile forces think of browbeating the DPRK by the discussion of "human rights issues" in the Security Council, it is nothing else than a daydream that will not be realized ever", it said, referring to the "human rights issues" as "non-existent".

"So I hope that for both life-saving reasons and for political reasons we'll be able to generate more funding", he said.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Comprehensive Stock Analysis Of Edison International (EIX)
The hedge funds in our partner's database now possess: 167.81 million shares, down from 168.40 million shares in 2017Q1. ATR remains at 0.1 while Beta component of the stock stands at 1.72. 69 funds opened positions while 179 raised stakes.

Why Gambling Is Better than Sports Betting
Additionally, they can use these versions to practice various strategies to see which one will earn them the best winning chances. These versions give the gambler a chance to sift through the games to find the best one that resonates with their style.

Colorado Rapids protect 11 players ahead of LAFC expansion draft
LAFC made its first signing earlier this fall when it landed Mexico global Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad. He scored three goals and added an assist in 25 games in his debut season in the league.

Paris Hilton Shades Lindsay Lohan Over That Iconic Britney Spears Photo
In one final jab, the interviewer referenced Lohan's recent trips to Mykonos, Greece, where she was reportedly swarmed by fans . The "Holy Trinity" night was the same night Lohan defended Hilton, and denied claims of a drink-throwing argument.

JUST IN | Saraki Victorious as 15 Charges Dropped at Court of Appeal
The court ordered that the case be remitted back to the tribunal for the Senate president to enter his defence. The court, on Tuesday, reportedly dismissed 15 of the 18 counts of false assets declaration made against him.

LeBron's 17 assists carries Cavs over Hawks
We shouldn't be surprised at anything James does anymore, but we can help but notice when he matches a career-high. Kevin Love also came back after missing Saturday's game with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Toshiba settles row with Western Digital over sale of chip unit
Toshiba and Western Digital have agreed to maintain the proportion of flash memory chips the two companies can receive. Flash Alliance will be extended to December 31, 2029 and Flash Forward to December 31, 2027.

Daniel Bryan Set As Second Guest Referee at Clash of Champions
SmackDown Live kicked off with AJ Styles, who started off by saying that unlike some people, he was a fighting champion. Bryan was actually called upon to do a dry run as a ref before the night was out.

How to work during a trip and all make it up?
In this article, we will share with you a few writing tips: Plan ahead Travel and constant movement exhaust our creative energy. And even better, if you set yourself as a rule not to leave your home until you do the basic business of the day.

Case of dead Dutch model being re-examined by police
He also noted that the couple she was with did not do anything though Ivana was gone, and her possessions were left behind. The young model was raised in Malaysia by her grandfather and was the runner-up of the 2014 Malaysia Supermodel Search.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.