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UN Security Council to meet next week on North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Korean People's Army air and anti-air force unit 991 in North Korea on November 21, 2014The UN Security Council will meet next week to discuss North Korea’s rights record amid calls for Pyongyang to be referred to the international court for crimes against humanity. After weeks of discussion, the council set December 22 or 23 as the date for the open meeting on Pyongyang’s rights violations, said a spokesman from Chad, which holds the council’s presidency. Ten of the 15 ambassadors at the council had been pushing for a meeting this month, but ran into strong opposition from China and Russia who argued that the matter should be dealt by the UN Human Rights Council. The 10 ambassadors cited the findings of a commission of inquiry report on North Korea that was released in February, and argued that Pyongyang’s rights violations posed a threat to international peace and security.

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