US, allies call for new UN meeting on North Korea human rights

UNITED NATIONS - The United States and eight allies on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday called for reviving discussions on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a UN inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.
"Last year in December the UN Security Council convened for the first time in history to discuss the human rights in (North Korea)," Hagar Chemali, spokeswoman for the US mission to the United Nations, said in a statement.
"Today, Chile, France, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have requested another meeting of the Security Council to examine conditions in DPRK (North Korea) and their effects on international peace and security," she added.
Chemali said the United States, which holds the council's rotating presidency this month, would work quickly to schedule the meeting.
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