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N Korean envoy walks out of U.N. rights council as Japan speaks

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The North Korean ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva walked out of a Human Rights Council hearing on rights violations in his country when Japan took the floor.

So Se Pyon first interrupted a statement by the head of the Japanese Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea to challenge his right to address the council, before standing up and walking out in protest.

Shigeo Iizuka, the head of AFVKN, took the floor on behalf of Japan to speak about his own sister Yaeko Taguchi, who was abducted from Japan by North Korea in 1978.

"She pleaded desperately to be returned to Japan for the sake of her infant children," he told the council.

Pyongyang admitted in 2002 that it had abducted about a dozen Japanese nationals over two decades and said eight of them had died, including Taguchi. Tokyo has rejected the North's claims that some of the abducted had committed suicide.

Tensions remain high between the two countries over a range of issues, particularly North Korea's nuclear program.

Just seconds into Iizuka's speech, So banged his table to interrupt the intervention.

"I need the clarification if he is a representative of the government of Japan or not," he said.

When council president Baudelaire Ndong Ella informed So that Iizuka had been duly accredited to speak, he stood up and walked out of the council.

Monday's discussion came after a widely publicised meeting last week between the elderly mother of another Japanese woman kidnapped and taken to North Korea as a schoolgirl with her long-lost granddaughter.

Megumi Yokota who was only 13 years old when she was kidnapped by North Korean agents in 1977 on her way home from school.

Yokota's parents spent five days last week with their granddaughter, 26-year-old Kim Eun-Gyong, and her family in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, the foreign ministry said without offering details.

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Did he throw his rattle too?

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Sigh. As said before, Japan is using the Yokota visit for propaganda purposes, and again attempting to turn a bilateral issue into world politics. And of course, NK reacts like a baby. At least when Japan is embarrassed on the world stage they tend to backtrack and change things (not always... they also fall back on the "cultural heritage is being attacked" argument and get even more defensive), but with this NK will only further refuse to solve the abduction issue.

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N.Korea does not belong at the U.N. Communist China will veto any attempt by human rights commission, like Russia veto against Crimea's resolution. The loop holes and weakest links are everywhere- simply a mess of ignorant.

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The abduction of foreign nationals by Pyongyang is already an international issue. In addition to those Japanese nationals that were seized, there is documented evidence of the North Koreans also kidnapping a number of folks from East European countries (god knows why). Additionally, North Korea has also abducted a number of South Koreans over the years. Let's not pull any punches about this. Sure Japan has a preoccupation with the plight of its own nationals, but the issue of North Korea's past (and present conduct) is one of international rather than bilateral importance.

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Neither China nor NK are communist countries. They are both imperial oligarchies. In China's case the eunuchs have enshrined the emperor, (Mao), and rule in his name. With NK it is a dynasty. In both cases the ruling powers enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. Russia, for whom the world had such high hopes after Gorby, it is the same in relation to the ruling oligarchies. Feudal and doomed to historical collapse.

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Right action by NK envoy, no use attending to U.N if it operates like a 'comedy theatre.'

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NK were found to be in violation of human rights on an abhorrent level, after the UN panel interviewed hundreds of sufferers. Yet, China naturally jumps on NK's side and denies any wrongdoing.

Pisses me off. Tubby Kim needs to pay for the torment he & his ancestors have caused.

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North Korea is a corrupt wasteland doing the bidding of Communist China. They don't do anything unless first being approved by Communist China.

Yeah, I see the usual pro-Communism anti-Japan crowd is doing their usual whine and dance.

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I disagree with the statement that 'North Korea does not belong at the UN'. How else is the rest of the world going to at least try and communicate with them? Obviously, the North Korean state is bellicose, childish and despicable but they should always have a platform to engage with the rest of the world-even if they don't have the wisdom or manners to take advantage of it. One day things will hopefully change, and that change is more likely to come about if there are channels of communication.

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who cares ??? let em walk out. nicer there w/out them anyway .

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'North Korea is a corrupt wasteland doing the bidding of Communist China. They don't do anything unless first being approved by Communist China.

Yeah, I see the usual pro-Communism anti-Japan crowd is doing their usual whine and dance.'

I think you could have inserted another 'Communist' in front of 'North Korea' to open that sentence. I also think you could have replaced 'They' in the second sentence with 'Those Communists'. I think we get your jist and it's lovely to read old Cold War style rhetoric. Nostalgic for me.

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The UN security council needs to be dissolved, too many corrupt regimes have been protected because of the Security Council.

JimizoMar. 18, 2014 - 06:37PM JST I think you could have inserted another 'Communist' in front of 'North Korea' to open that sentence.

I didn't need to insert anything, if someone doesn't know that North Korea is a Communist wasteland then they haven't been keeping with the last 50 years. And as you clearly stated, you got the gist.

JimizoMar. 18, 2014 - 06:37PM JST I think we get your jist and it's lovely to read old Cold War style rhetoric. Nostalgic for me.

Yeah, tell that to the folks that are living there.

Folks that never saw firsthand what it's like to live in a Communist utopian state usually think as you do. BTW, before you have to ask the answer is yes. I was born and spent my youth living in one.

The way you make it sound you served in the military during the cold war. If you did then BRAVO ZULU to you!

I served on a Ballistic Missile Sub in the 80's.

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I'm still wondering why in the hell N Korea is not eliminated from the face of the Earth?

A lot of special troops, assassins and a hell of a large army could be easily assembled and what resistance could it face? The great leader him self? Come on.

How long are the great nations will tolerate a baby whining to get some attention?

Just abducting a few people indifferent of nationality should be enough for an ultimatum. And they are just trying to talk about this...

Oh wait... probably not enough people were affected right? They are not damn terrorists from AQ, nor the land has enough oil to think about an invasion? Seriously, sometimes I wonder if the world leaders are a bunch of monkeys with bananas... (yes. this was an insult for the monkeys)

And for those who think it's wrong because of a lot of innocent people (mainly N. Koreans) would get involved and loose their life, then why are those innocent people still putting up for that baby leader, and are content of whatever he orders them to do?

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Russia, Taiwan and ROK are not communists. PRC and DPRK are communists. All of them are unimpressive about Japan human rights record.

They all do not want to listen when Japan talked about human rights. Japan has no concern about the human rights of Okinawa farmers and Fukushima Victims. Japan should give them farming land and decent housing respectively before pretending as Champion of Human rights.

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What a drama queen.

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@Youkai

You can't be serious. North Korea has nuclear weapons and enough conventional warheads to leave Seoul and Tokyo in ruins. Not to mention the millions of refugees that would flood into China and Russia. To put it short, war with nk would be a $#!T storm of epic proportions. There's a reason we drew a line at 38th parallel to begin with.

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And close the door on your way out, pal. Sayonara.

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"The UN security council needs to be dissolved, "

Nah, they can continue to have the useless security council, when something needs to be done, we'll just scrape together a coalition of the willing.

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A good slap in the face of Japan. Imagine an aggressor talking about human rights? The fools who put Japan to address the meeting must have just been released from a mental hospital.

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Give the big baby a pamper and a rattle and a bib and let him just drool on himself!

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Yeah, right...just throw anyone you don't like out of the United Nations. That'll show 'em -when they've walked out first. Good strategy guyz...

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North Korea is a corrupt wasteland doing the bidding of Communist China

China isn't even remotely communist.

you could have inserted another 'Communist' in front of 'North Korea'

Why? North Korea is not even remotely communist.

PRC and DPRK are communists.

No they aren't. Neither country even remotely follows the tenets of communism.

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The North Korean ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva walked out of a Human Rights Council hearing on rights violations in his country when Japan took the floor.

Truth hurts doesn't it? Of course the NK Ambassador walked out. He's a child. Slag off any country, he's ok with it. Slag off North Korea, suddenly that's unacceptable. Well, what do you expect? He's a perfect example of a brainwashed citizen. He won't be able to see the wood for the trees, even if you whack him in the face with a plank. As far as he's concerned, North Korea is paradise, and the rest of the world is a desolate hell hole run by corrupt politicians. The writing's on the wall, so he's going to paint over it. Japan has just as much right to speak about Human Rights violations as any country. If North Korea or China disagree with that, fine, but keep it to yourself. Not asking a lot, just the maturity that any world leader should show.

Also, why are people arguing about whether or not China or NK are communist? What does that matter? Are you trying to suggest that either of these countries not being communist somehow makes their atrocities acceptable? It doesn't matter if a country is a Communist State, an Oligarchy, or a Principality; massacring your own citizens, abducting foreign nationals and invading neighbouring countries are all still unacceptable regardless of the country's ruling party. Arguing that China is not communist is a moot point. It doesn't change the fact that Chairman Mao had millions of Chinese people killed during the Cultural Revolution. Arguing that North Korea is likewise irrelavent. It doesn't change the fact that they've been kidnapping foreign nationals or that their leader would have his own uncle executed. So stop, please.

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Good points Fox. NK is sickening and their behaviour is so far removed from international norms that they deserve to be a pariah.

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lock the doors? Really? He needs to sit down and take notes? Isn't that the North Korean approach to things? Some of the comments here are incredible. Ranging from 'they have no place in the UN' to 'lock them inside the UN'. Both takes on this issue of North Korea sound like very North Korean solutions to a problem that clearly demands much more wisdom. I hope you guys don't have children...the thought of a world full of extreme reactionaries does not bode well for the future of the planet.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Communication is not just talking, is mostly listening. He was rude and unfair. You need to be willing to listen and comprehend if you honestly want to resolve an issue.

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You need to be willing to listen and comprehend if you honestly want to resolve an issue.

Which the NK and China obviously do not....

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When NK invaded SK, UN was reactive withouth soviet veto. It's ironic that this right of veto was an idea by US that there are the responsible of this absurd Security Council that leave every sense to UN like organizazion indipendent by superpowers. US tought to rule world with veto together with soviets considered like dear friends inside mind of ingenuous Roosevelt ( he admired Stalin, more that Churcill ). Veto become the nightmare of White House later and with same silly idea americans gave this Veto Right to Mainland China to political purposes ( China antisoviet ) by hands of ROC early member of Secourity Council.

This Veto will block every serious move against Russia,China and NK that can grow and enforce and became more dangerous withouth fear of invasion.

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@darknuts

I'm not really up to date with the latest weapon tech. But aren't they capable of intercepting rockets at launch time or flight time? Like keep a few jets circling around in case a missile is launched? Also there's a threat of Kim's mind snapping and launch the missiles "unprovoked".

How I see it is that N Korea is like a virus. Leave it alone and it will affect everything. Waiting will only delay the probability of war in NK's favor as it might further bolster it's armament. And who's to say biological weapons are not excluded?

Threats have been made. Don't take a fool lightly or you're in for a surprise.

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Why is North Korea allowed at any UN function? If they want to participate within the international community, they need to act like a member of the international community.

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edwardwMar. 19, 2014 - 10:22PM JST Why is North Korea allowed at any UN function? If they want to participate within the international community, they >need to act like a member of the international community.

Because North Korea became a UN member in 1991 at he same time South Korea did. Until then North Korea simply had "Observer Status". But you are right, why shuld acountry like North Korea even be permitted membership? But then, why should China which sent 250,000 troops to help North Korea kill UN. troops from 67 countries be allowed to sit on the Perm UNSC?

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They were volunteers.

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