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UN Votes To Probe Suspected North Korean Rights Abuses

The United Nations' top human rights body has unanimously approved an investigation into North Korea's alleged gross violations of human rights.

The 47-nation UN Human Rights Council on March 21 launched a three-member investigation for one year and called on Pyongyang to cooperate with the team.

The resolution was drafted by Japan and European countries.

North Korean Ambassador So Se Pyong rejected the move, calling it “an instrument that serves the political purposes of the hostile forces in their attempt to discredit the image” of his country.

In January, Navi Pillay, UN high commissioner for human rights, called for an international investigation into what she said may be crimes against humanity, including torture and executions of political prisoners in North Korean camps.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and Reuters