According to the Associated Press, The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee approved a resolution that urges the Security Council to refer the country’s brutal human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. Of course this is a “non-binding” resolution that now goes to the General Assembly for a vote sometime in the future. China and Russia, which hold veto power on the council, voted against it. There’s a shock.
A U.N. commission of inquiry report earlier this year declared that North Korea’s human rights situation “exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror.”
North Korea sent a sharp warning before the vote. Trying to punish it over human rights “is compelling us not to refrain any further from conducting nuclear tests,” said Chloe Myong Nam, a foreign ministry advisor for U.N. and human rights issues. He went on to accuse the European Union and Japan, the resolution’s cosponsors, of “subservience and sycophancy” to the United States, predictably promising “unpredictable and serious consequences” if the resolution went forward.
(Kim Jong Un is conflicted today; finally being granted what he believes to be long-overdue recognition as a force to be reckoned with makes him happy, but the thought that the “Dear Leader” himself could somehow be held accountable in a criminal court makes him crazy. Excuse me, make that crazier).
If that’s possible.