December 22, 2014 09:52
North Korea on Saturday "flatly rejected" a UN General Assembly resolution on its human rights abuses, adding that any agreements from six-party denuclearization talks are now null and void.
"Now that the U.S. hostile policy with an aim to invade our republic under the guise of human rights has become apparent, the idea of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula itself is no longer valid," the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said that the U.S. turned all agreements between Pyongyang and Washington into mere scraps of paper. "Our effort to strengthen our defensive military power, including nuclear power, will be doubly stepped up in every way," it warned.
Seoul on Sunday urged Pyongyang to take concrete and substantial measures to improve human rights in line with the UN resolution, and heed the international community's serious concerns.
In the six-party talks in 2005, the North agreed in principle to abandon its nuclear weapons program in exchange for guarantees of regime security and economic assistance but later conducted three nuclear tests.
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