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North Korea faces UN Security Council scrutiny

North Koreans bow before portraits of late leaders Kim Il-Sung and son Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on the third anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-Il in PyongyangNorth Korea comes under scrutiny Monday at the UN Security Council in the first-ever meeting on its dismal rights record, amid calls for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court. Until now, the top UN body has focused on North Korea’s nuclear program as a security threat, but the scope has widened to human rights following the release of a UN commission of inquiry report. US Ambassador Samantha Power said the UN report released in February confirmed that “the human rights violations in North Korea are among the worst in the world.

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