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Scuffle breaks out during Japan's speech after N Korea rejects U.N. report

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That's a relief - think we've had 2 or 3 DPRK stories without abductions mentioned. Glad we could squeeze it in this one.

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“The current transition may be a window of opportunity for the country to adopt a reform process and address all questions and concerns in relation to human rights,” said Darusman.

Eff reform! Revolt people of the North!!!

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You know if the world really wants N.Korea to change, let's stop blaming them and persecuting them first. That can come at a later time. We should concentrate on accessibility first. All this blaming and reporting will just cause them to clam up and isolate themselves even more.

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"The aquariums of PyongYang" is a book everyone should read.

Human rights violations? There are no human rights violations in North Korea, as the country does not consider it's own citizens as humans...

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"...Cuba, Zimbabwe and Syria said it was a Western attempt to undermine North Korea."

NK must be very proud to have these upstanding countries backing them up.

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Birds of a feather flock tougher, take note China and Russia have said nothing.

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Many drops make a shower

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Them communists are so funny!! They kill and starve the average North Korean citizen into being nothing more than drones for the all mighty Kim family kind of like communist Cuba and Fidel??

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I don't like them, but in a fist fight, my money would be on the DPRK delegation.

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Patrick SmashMar. 13, 2012 - 10:30AM JST "Remember Korean Refugees"? Is he referring to the nearly half a million abductions by the Japanese of whom > many, many thousands remain unaccounted for

No there is no such reference here. Assinine comment. Won't even bother asking WHAT half million abductions.

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Rogue states rattle sabres. It makes for good propaganda. Ignore this and move on. I agree with @peanut666 above. Well said.

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"Japan welcomed the report and urged North Korea to find a solution to “the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals”."

So the report deals with the period from Sept. 2011 to Jan. of this year and Japan felt the need to AGAIN drop in the abduction issue? It is a BILATERAL issue, not something to be brought up at every international or six-nation's meeting and derail talks.

Frankly I'd like to know a little more detail about what was in the report.

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OssanAmerica, I don't know about 500,000 abductions means, but Japan abused Koreans in many ways from 1910 to 1945. That is probably what he is referring to. Japan complains, as well it should, about innocent people ripped from their lives. But Japan refuses to address the many times more innocent people whose lives it destroyed on the Korean peninsula.

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So the report deals with the period from Sept. 2011 to Jan. of this year and Japan felt the need to AGAIN drop in the abduction issue? It is a BILATERAL issue, not something to be brought up at every international or six-nation's meeting and derail talks.

Smith. The abduction issue was mentioned by the report from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

"Marzuki Darusman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, said that there had been a significant deterioration in the human rights situation in the country and that more than six million people urgently required food assistance. A number of constitutional and legislative provisions had seriously endangered the impartiality and independence of the judiciary in the country, while as many as 20 executions were reported to have been carried out in 2011. No progress had been made in resolving the question of the abduction of foreign nationals, and the safety and protection of refugees and asylum-seekers was of deep concern. Mr. Darusman called on all States to adhere to their obligation of providing international protection to asylum-seekers and to adhere to the principle of non-refoulement. "

Even Korea chimes in.

"Those abducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea were growing old, making the issue thus more pressing. "

You see smith. When North Korea refuses to discuss this issues Bilaterally to both Japan and South Korea, sometimes it requires some pressure from an organization like U.N.

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North Korea is like a tumor on the lungs of South East and the Chinese government keeps on smoking to ensure it stays that way. Tumors eventually need to be treated before they turn malign and destroy the whole body, so instead of asking the tumor to be "a good tumor and don't cause trouble", somebody needs to be told to give up the "cigarettes" .

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warnerbroMar. 14, 2012 - 05:52PM JST OssanAmerica, I don't know about 500,000 abductions means, but Japan abused Koreans in many ways from >1910 to 1945. That is probably what he is referring to. Japan complains, as well it should, about innocent people >ripped from their lives. But Japan refuses to address the many times more innocent people whose lives it >destroyed on the Korean peninsula.

Japan and South Korea settled al outstanding historical matters in 1965 and it most certaibly is addressed. And a closer examination of the history of Korea under Japanse rule duiring that period shows that it was hardly a one sided case of abuse. Regardless, that is irrelevant since it has nothing to do with this article. As for Japan complaining about it;s citizens being abducted by North Korea, the South Koreans have had over 400 of their citrizens also abducted by North Korea. But somehow that fact seems not to register with the Japan bashing crowd.

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