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UN General Assembly wants to refer North Korea to ICC

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 5, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the new year combat and political drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA) unit 1313The UN General Assembly on Thursday called for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court over its dismal rights record, in a landmark resolution adopted by a strong majority. The non-binding measure approved by a vote of 116 to 20 with 53 abstentions was hailed as a clear message about growing international concern over human rights violations in the reclusive communist country. The resolution asks the Security Council to refer North Korea to the ICC and to consider targeted sanctions against the Pyongyang leadership for the repression of its citizens. On Monday, the Security Council will discuss North Korea in its first-ever meeting to touch on the rights situation in the country, but no decision is expected on ICC referral during those talks.

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