China, Global Community Unlikely To Act On UN North Korea Report
A new United Nations report documents systematic abuses by North Korea against its citizens that include “unspeakable atrocities” and represent a “gravity, scale and nature” that “does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”
The report is the product of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Any attempt to take action on the United Nations report is unlikely given China’s willingness to veto any efforts in the Security Council against dictator Kim Jong-un.
“Of course we cannot accept this unreasonable criticism,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing. “We believe that politicising human rights issues is not conducive towards improving a country’s human rights.”
Hua added that China believes taking “human rights issues to the International Criminal Court is not helpful to improving a country’s human rights situation.”
In fact, China received its own criticism from the UN panel for its uncooperative attitude toward investigators who were trying to gain access to northern China, where many North Koreans work.
According to The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland, China is not the only barrier to holding North Korea – or other dictators – to account for its criminal activities.
In a post-9/11 world, he writes, inaction seems to be the common response to atrocities from North Korea to Syria.
“which, eventually, they did. Now, after Iraq and Afghanistan, that belief has vanished. In Britain, military planners have reportedly concluded that the nation is too war-weary to countenance yet more action. In the US, Barack Obama’s foreign policy seems predicated on a similar assumption,” contends Freedland.
NBC News features an inside look at life inside a North Korean labor camp.
The Threat Of North Korean Dirty Bombs
The UN report detailed in unnerving specificity the danger posed by the regime to its own citizens, while Jeffrey Lewis sheds light on the potential proliferation of so-called dirty bombs.
Lewis notes that few experts believe North Korea is near developing the capability to deploy backpack nukes, but that they “might consider radiological devices as part of a national nuclear weapons capability, given its historical focus on commando operations.”