Holding N. Korea regime to account ‘paramount’


SEOUL: A United Nations investigator on Friday ruled out any compromise on efforts to have North Korea answer formal charges of crimes against humanity, saying holding the regime to account, including supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, was “paramount.” Marzuki Darusman, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the North, also stressed that Kim’s refusal to halt human rights atrocities instigated by previous regimes would make him legally “complicit” in such crimes. A UN General Assembly is expected to vote next week on a resolution—drafted by the EU and Japan—that recommends referring North Korea’s leadership to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.



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