A flag of North Korea flies in Gijungdong, seen from the South Korean town of Taesungdong, on April 24, 2018
North Korea described as “ridiculous” the criticisms of the United States on the situation of human rights in the country, a few weeks after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In its annual report on human rights in the world, the US State Department last week accused North Korea of committing all kinds of human rights violations with government backing.
The study cites extrajudicial executions, acts of torture, repression of dissidents and kidnappings abroad, which he described as “flagrant violations of human rights.”
In recent weeks, Pyongyang had been unusually quiet in its usual criticism of Seoul and Washington and sometimes called its actions “designed to relax the atmosphere for dialogue” before the summits with Moon and Trump.
However, the North Korean regime responded to the report of the State Department denouncing that it “brutally slanders” the country and affirmed that the United States is a “hotbed” of human rights violations where the culture of weapons is “like a cancer. ”
Washington proclaimed itself “judge of human rights,” lashed out the North Korean official agency KCNA.
The American president, Donald Trump, in the White House, in Washington, on April 24, 2018
“This is really ridiculous,” KCNA said. “The real objective (of the United States) is to disintegrate the countries that obey it and create pretexts to exert pressure and political, military and economic aggressions,” he added.
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This reaction comes a few days after Friday’s meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Moon Jae-in, a prelude to the historic summit between Kim and Trump.
Moon should try on Friday to convince Kim to give up his nuclear weapons to calm the lasting tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The two leaders should also discuss a possible peace treaty to formally end the Korean War (1950-1953), which ended with a simple armistice, as well as issues such as a resumption of family reunions divided by conflict.
Main cities and sites of North Korea and South Korea
But South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has already said that the human rights situation in North Korea will not be discussed, despite appeals in this regard from several NGOs.
The Seoul government said Moon would telephone Trump immediately after the summit on Friday and promised “close coordination” with the United States. He also announced that they would discuss a possible meeting between Moon and Trump prior to the summit between the United States and North Korea.
The President’s recent encouraging words about Kim contrast with the personal insults he had thrown at him last year, when he referred to the North Korean leader as “Rocket Man” and threatened him with the “fire and fury” of the United States. United.
But on Tuesday Trump insisted: “I want you to get rid of your nuclear warheads.”
Kim achieved a rapid acceleration of North Korea’s weapons capabilities: Pyongyang carried out its most potent nuclear test last year as well as missile launches capable of reaching the continental United States.
Last weekend, Pyongyang announced a moratorium on its nuclear tests.