North Korea on Saturday warned Washington would only aggravate tensions and ‘pay dearly’ for criticising Pyongyang over human rights, with nuclear negotiations between the two deadlocked. The international community has frequently condemned North Korea for political repression, and for decades of prioritising its military and its nuclear weapons programme over adequately providing for its people.
Criticising Pyongyang’s human rights record would only aggravate the ‘already tense situation’ on the Korean peninsula, ‘like pouring oil over burning fire’, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The statement was in response to concern expressed by a US state department official over North Korea’s human rights situation, KCNA said. The United States ‘will be made to pay dearly’ for such remarks, the North Korean spokesperson was quoted by KCNA as saying.—APP