Nov 17, 2019 13:51 UTC
  •  North Korea rejects UN rights resolution

North Korea has dismissed a United Nations (UN) resolution on the country’s human rights record as a scheme orchestrated by the United States to undermine Pyongyang.

In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency on Sunday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry described the recent passage of the UN resolution on Pyongyang’s human rights as a US-led “political provocation.”

Pyongyang rejected Washington’s offer to resume de-militarization talks in December. It was the first such offer since the representatives of the two countries failed to reach a breakthrough in their talks in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Meanwhile, the US and South Korea have postponed joint military drills — fiercely opposed by the North — in “a good faith effort” to revive talks with Pyongyang.

“I see this as a good faith effort... to enable peace,” US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, as he announced the decision. He denied that the step marked “a concession” to North Korea.

The North has given the US until the end of the year to ease its stance toward the country or lose a chance for renewed talks.

The US and South Korea hold massive drills every year in an attempt to counter the North. Pyongyang calls those exercises “a rehearsal for invasion.”