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EU, Japan press for U.N. war crimes probes in North Korea

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Yeah, sure "reform-through-labor". Didn't we have something like this (not only) roughly 70 years ago in Germany? At that time it said "labor makes free" (Arbeit macht frei). With the same or at least similar results. And it is always the nations with veto rights (in this case China) that are going to block a condemnation.

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What are they gonna do, send a harsh letter to Kim Jong unsane? They can SAY anything they want. Him doesn't care and they're not going to send military forces in to start a war.

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Virtually nothing is heard from this tightly closed society except what the totalitarian regime permits, nevertheless, the silence which emanates to the outside world from other than official sources is in itself an indication of the absence of basic human rights in North Korea.

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I'm sure Japan as a nation couldn't care less about all of the labor camps and are just jumping on the bandwagon here to deal with their handful of most likely dead kidnapped nationals. Them easing sanctions to make ground on the kidnapping issue, is indirectly supporting the one's in control of the labor camps.

80,000 to 120,000 living political prisoners vs. 10-20 potentially dead kidnapped victims. They really need to get their priorities straight.

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The focus should be upon U.N.'s backbone and muscle to handle this problem, especially since Ban Ki Moon is at the helm. Another chapter of talking but no action to follow at the cost of billions dollar of this international bureaucratic Inc.

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"War crimes" with no war?

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War crimes no , crimes against humanity YES ! Why is this regime even allowed to exist, if there was oil or other valuable resources in this frozen god forsaken dump the leaders would have been over thrown by the big one who wields the big stick when it suits it , the USA , but they maybe gun shy seeing as they fought to a standstill previously on this very land.

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Actually I don't believe the Korean war officially ended, hence the DMZ. That would make them war crimes technically. Don't quote me on that though. It's also why South Korea attacking the North or vice versa would be legit I guess. I do wonder why this push at this very moment though considering it's been happening since the 50s one would have to imagine. 60 years of torture finally warrants a push to insist on a push to push?

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@StormR There was a very annoying 3rd party in the Korean War :-/

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80,000 to 120,000 living political prisoners vs. 10-20 potentially dead kidnapped victims. They really need to get their priorities straight.

I hope that you are not the parent of one of the kidnapped victims.

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Aaaand North Korea cares about this why?

China and Russia control them, "control" being used lightly, more than the UN does. No one is going to attack them, they know it, they are poop heads kidnapping people, demanding ransom, refurbishing arms and selling them, they do what they want until China gives them the evil eye.

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It’s necessary to keep pressures on all the times because sooner or later, the external and internal forces would be able to topple the brutal dictator in N.K without spilling American servicemen’s blood.

In N.K’s case, patience is essential element since at some point of time N.K will lose the geopolitical leverage and usefulness; it will collapse or revolve to survive. It’s just matter of time if history can provide us a guild.

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If Japan would like to take N.Korea to the Hague for war crimes, then they need to wait in line for the US who is also in need of a little punishment for Guantanamo Bay, drone murder and targeted assassination. Moreover, N. Korea has nuclear weapons so I doubt that any assertions of Western hypocrisy would go very far. Nice try thought. And while we are on it....war crimes...how about the Japanese armies use of comfort women in China, the Philippines, Korea, Burma, Thailand and Indonesia for a start. Oh forgot that one did we Abe....

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@Peter Mantello So your equivalence for NK running concentration camps today is Japanese crimes before the UN was even founded. And the US isn't even mentioned in this story. It's clear who is trying to deceive people with false equivalency...

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@Peter Mantello what article or should I say paper you are reading?

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I am not one to defend NK, but "war crimes"? Is that a translation error? The only war here would be the Kim clan war against any political dissenters.

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