NKorea accuses UN of discussing its rights, not US torture

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Posted: Dec 22, 2014 5:14 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean diplomat is accusing Western nations on the United Nations Security Council of "turning a blind eye" to acts of torture and spying by the United States and focusing only on human rights violations in his country.

Kim Song told The Associated Press that North Korea "totally rejects" Monday's discussion of North Korea's rights record because the council's mandate is international security.

He said his government offered to hold a human rights dialogue and invite the U.N. special investigator to visit, but "Western countries refused" and pushed a General Assembly resolution calling for the council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court.

He said North Korea had no part in the Sony cyber attack and offered to jointly investigate with the U.S. but has not received a reply.