N. Korea condemns U.N. human rights report as result of U.S. hostility
SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday lashed out at a recent U.N. report critical of its dismal human rights record, calling it the result of Washington's hostile policy toward Pyongyang.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary that the U.N. report is a "fabrication" and is designed to tarnish North Korea's image overseas and eventually topple its social system.
"The report is an extremely dangerous political provocation and the result of decades of U.S. hostility toward our republic," according to the commentary.
The state-run news agency, one of the North's propaganda machines, does not stray from the country's official line.
The North's angry reaction came more than a week after the U.N. Committee of Inquiry (COI) said that the North has committed organized, extensive and grave crimes against humanity.
The U.N. panel's report also includes its recommendation to the U.N. to refer the case to the International Criminal Court, setting the stage for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to be charged with crimes against humanity.
The COI was established in last March under a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution as the international community's first attempt to launch an official investigative mission into widely condemned human rights abuses in North Korea.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has described North Korea as an "evil" place.
"North Korea is one of the most closed and cruel places on earth. There's no question about it. There's evil that is taking place there that all of us ought to be deeply and are deeply concerned about," he said in an interview with MSNBC television that aired Wednesday.
Last week, the North's Foreign Ministry "categorically" rejected the U.N, report, claiming that the report "misrepresents the true picture of the Korean people enjoying genuine rights and is peppered with sheer lies and fabrications."