Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

On a UN Security Council meeting on the situation of human rights in the DPRK initiated by the United States, Albania, and Japan

On 17 August, the US Presidency and its allies once again used the Security Council of the United Nations for promotion of their self-serving political interests, having called a meeting on human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that was not included in the initial draft programme of work for the month.

Human rights issues are not included in the Security Council’s mandate and are addressed at specialized platforms, such as the Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the General Assembly. Attempts of the United States and its allies to add to UNSC agenda some tasks that are not characteristic of the Council’s mandate dilute its efforts for maintenance of international peace and security, lead to the politicization of its work and undermine the authority of the Security Council as a whole.

Clearly, the only goal behind the convening of this meeting is to increase pressure on Pyongyang and divert attention of global community from the true threat to peace and security in North East Asia, which is reckless escalatory actions of Washington and its allies.

Such initiatives are all the more cynical and hypocritical against the backdrop of the fact that the people of North Korea, for whom Western countries supposedly care so much, live under inhumane and illegal unilateral sanctions imposed by the West.

Together with its partners, Russia traditionally opposes any military activity that poses a threat to security of the Korean Peninsula and countries of the region, and strongly rejects attempts to use human rights aspects for interference in sovereign affairs of states.