PYONGYANG, North Korea — As the world watches to see what North Korea’s next move will be in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship with the United States, residents of its capital aren’t hunkering down in bunkers and preparing for the worst. Instead, they are out on the streets en masse getting ready for the birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung — the biggest holiday of the year.
The festivities leading up to Kim’s birthday come amid fears that North Korea may be planning to test launch a new missile in retaliation for what it claims are provocative war games by U.S. and South Korean troops just across the Korean border.
In Pyongyang on Friday, thousands of schoolchildren were amassed at Kim Il Sung Stadium for the induction of second-graders from around the country into the Korean Children’s Union, one of the first steps into North Korea’s political structure. They…
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GENEVA — The United Nations’ top human rights body unanimously approved Thursday a formal probe into North Korea for possible crimes against humanity, despite warnings of “serious consequences” from the reclusive nation.
Pyongyang slammed the move as an “act of political fraud” after North Korean representative So Se Pyong told the council there would be “serious consequences” if they went ahead with an investigation, according to the CNN.
He told the council North Koreans are “happy with pride and honour that they have one of the best systems for promotion and protection of human rights in the world.”
The 47-nation UN Human Rights Council signed off on the resolution backed by the U.S., Japan and the European Union that authorizes an investigation into what U.N. officials describe as suspected widespread and systematic violations of human rights in North Korea.
Japan’s ambassador, Takashi Okada, denounced the abduction of…
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