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World'Missed opportunity' if summits ignore N. Koreans' rights: UN official

13:16  11 january  2019
13:16  11 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday pulled out of a highly anticipated summit meeting with Kim Jong- un , accusing the North Koreans of bad faith and lamenting that “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”.

President Trump on Thursday sent a letter to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong- un , canceling their highly anticipated summit on June 12 to discuss denuclearization. Mr. Trump dictated the entire letter on Thursday morning, according to a senior administration official .

'Missed opportunity' if summits ignore N. Koreans' rights: UN official© Provided by AFP Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are expected to have a second meeting soon, following their first summit in Singapore last year

A senior UN official warned Friday it would be a "missed opportunity" if diplomatic talks with North Korea this year did not address human rights, urging Seoul and Washington to highlight the issue.

The impoverished but nuclear-armed nation stands accused by United Nations investigators of "systematic, widespread and gross" human rights violations that range from rape, torture, extrajudicial killings to running political prisoner camps.

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North Korea responded to the cancellation by saying Kim Jong- un had made the utmost effort to hold the summit with The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”

The 2018 North Korea – United States summit was a 12 June 2018 summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong- un , held at the Capella Hotel

Pyongyang calls such accusations anti-regime propaganda.

But the issue was sidelined during Kim's summits last year with democratically-elected presidents Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Donald Trump of the US, who have focused on diplomacy and the North's nuclear arsenal.

A second meeting between Kim and Trump is expected soon, after which Kim could potentially travel to Seoul.

"It will be a missed opportunity if in 2019 human rights is not addressed by all the parties, including more importantly the government of DPR Korea," said Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the North, using the North's official name.

The human rights situation remained "serious" in the isolated country, he told reporters in Seoul, despite last year's diplomatic developments.

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Human Rights Watch says North Korea remains one of the world’s most repressive states despite recent North Korea ’s leader, Kim Jong- un , watches a parade from a balcony at the Kim Il Sung Square. “It’s a missed opportunity and unfortunate human rights are being sidelined in a rush to

Regime’s vice foreign minister says meeting cancellation is ‘regrettable’ as South Korean president says he is ‘perplexed’ by US president’s decision.

The Argentine lawyer called on the South Korean government to engage more strongly with Beijing to stop forced repatriations of North Korean defectors caught in China, which views escapees as illegal aliens rather than refugees.

Returnees to the authoritarian state can face imprisonment and torture, according to campaigners and rights groups.

Asked whether South Korean officials were hesitant to raise rights with the North in their pursuit of dialogue, Ojea Quintana said Seoul officials told him improved inter-Korean relations would "further improve human rights" in the reclusive state.

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The visit by Kim Yong Chol, a high-level North Korean official, could signal progress in arranging a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

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