North Korea: US could 'pay dearly' for human rights criticism

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Pyongyang warns Washington's 'verbal abuse' would only aggravate already tense situation on Korean Peninsula.
North Korea has criticised the United States for taking issue with its human rights record, warning that Washington's "verbal abuse" would only aggravate the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula, state news agency KCNA reported.

The KCNA statement on Saturday, attributed to a foreign ministry spokesperson, warned that if the US tried to take issue with the North's system of government by citing human rights problems, it would "pay dearly".

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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday condemned North Korea's "long-standing and ongoing" violations of human rights in an annual resolution sponsored by dozens of countries including the US, that Pyongyang's UN envoy rejected.

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