SEOUL: North Korea on Thursday offered its verdict on the migrant emergency facing Europe, blaming the “evil empire” United States for triggering the continent’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. In a lengthy screed denouncing “intolerable” criticism of Pyongyang’s human rights record, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman argued that Washington should be the real focus of censure. “The US is an evil empire… committing all sorts of human rights abuses,” the spokesman said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency. “It is the US which caused the serious refugee issue sweeping the whole of Europe,” he said. North Korea, by contrast was a “cradle of happy life”, the spokesman said.