North Korea Report: United States 'a Living Hell'

Saturday, 03 May 2014 05:12 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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North Korea is striking back at the United Nations for its February report on the nation's human rights abuses with a report of its own that targets the United States as "the world's worst human right abuser."

For months, North Korea denied the U.N.'s findings, reports The Washington Post, arguing last month that the United States and its allies were running a "human rights racket."

This week, North Korea released "News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S.," saying that racial discrimination, unemployment, the nation's surveillance policies and poverty are the "tundra of a human being's rights to existence" and said the United States "is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated."

Some of the points include:
  • "Under the citizenship act, racialism is getting more severe in the U.S. The gaps between the minorities and the whites are very wide in the exercise of such rights to work and elect."
  • "The U.S. true colors as a kingdom of racial discrimination was fully revealed by last year's case that the Florida Court gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman who shot to death an innocent black boy."
  • "At present, an average of 300,000 people a week are registered as unemployed, but any proper measure has not been taken."
  • "All sorts of crimes rampant in the U.S. pose a serious threat to the people's rights to existence and their inviolable rights."
  • "Meanwhile, bills on easing arms control were adopted in various states of the country, boosting murderous crimes. As a result, the U.S. has witnessed an increasing number of gun-related crimes in all parts of the country and even its military bases this year. In this regard, the United Nations on April 10 put the U.S. on the top of the world list of homicide rates."

In addition, the report had harsh words for President Barack Obama, saying he "indulges himself in luxury almost every day, squandering hundred millions of dollars on his foreign trips in disregard of his people's wretched life."

North Korea also released a similar report this week criticizing human rights in South Korea, Daily NK said, reporting on a essay contained in the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun, which criticized South Korea has "the worst human rights situation in the world" and its people are "deprived of everything thanks to America."

Further, the reports said that in South Korea, “Over 60% of university students cannot afford their school fees so must work [to make ends meet]. Some even have to subject their bodies to medical trials."

News of the human rights report is emerging just as reports are surfacing that North Korea recently conducted engine tests for an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States, said U.S. think tank 38 North Friday.

The country conducted one of the engine tests for it KN-08 missile in late March, or early April, reports The Huffington Post, marking the latest test for a missile having a range of more than 6,00 miles.

The next stage for North Korea would be to have a launch test of the missile, said the think tank group, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University's U.S.-Korea Institute.

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