MOFA Spokesperson’s Commentary on the UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea’s Human Rights Issue

1. The Government of the Republic of Korea hails the UN Security Council having discussed the North Korean human rights issue on December 9, New York time. It is the view of the Government of the Republic of Korea that by holding the meeting for three consecutive years, the Security Council has paved the way for discussing the issue on a regular basis.

2. The Security Council discussion on the North Korean human rights issue, which came in the wake of the UN General Assembly Third Committee's adoption by consensus on November 15 of a strongly-worded resolution on the human rights situation in North Korea, reflects the international community's stern view on the grave human rights situation in North Korea.

3. In the meeting, a number of Security Council member states underscored the link between the North Korean human rights issue and international peace and security, and the need to ensure accountability. This demonstrates the growing international consensus on the need for a holistic approach to North Korean issues.

4. The Government of the Republic of Korea attended the meeting in its capacity as a stakeholder, during which it once again urged North Korea to take steps necessary for improving its human rights situation and asked the international community to continue pressuring North Korea and efforts to ensure accountability until the North Korean government changes its behavior.

5. The Government of the Republic of Korea hopes that the UN Security Council will pay close attention to the North Korean human rights situation and continue discussions on ways to substantially improve it.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Korea

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