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UNSC Rejects North Korea's Demand To Review The South Korea-US Military Drills

By April 4, 2016 at 11:56 pm
U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Battalion landing team deployed from Okinawa, Japan participate in the U.S. and South Korean Marines joint landing operation at Pohang seashore on March , 12, 2016 in Pohang, South Korea. (Photo : Woohae Cho | Getty Images Korea )

The United Nations Security Council rejected North Korea's demand to review the ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills causing the former to denounce the move on Saturday. N.K. also demanded UNSC to punish the U.S. for staging the drills which it considers war exercises to topple its regime, said Yonhap News.

A spokesperson from the foreign ministry of North Korea said the country demanded the UNSC to have an emergency meeting and review the joint military drills of its neighbor and the U.S. "The reason we filed such a complaint was because the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises, in terms of their scope and aim, are threatening world peace and security while violently violating our right to self-defense stated in the U.N. Charter," stated the spokesperson in a report by the state's Korean Central News Agency.

The report from North Korea added that U.N.'s rejection to review the military drills just shows that they are "faithful political toll of the U.S." The totalitarian state has always denounced the annual military drills of the South and the U.S.  but seldom accused UNSC of looking over the "war exercises."

Meanwhile, UPI recently reported that the U.N. Human Rights office in Seoul has been investigating North Korea's abuses of human rights with testimonies from defectors who recently arrived. The investigation started in February, with the new refugees at Hanawon, South Korean re-education center as interview subjects.

The unification ministry of South Korea said Monday it has granted the U.N. access to defectors in their custody. North Korea condemned the opening of the U.N.'s first human rights office in Seoul in 2015, and labelled the international body's High Commissioner for Human Rights a "mediocre peddler of cheap goods."

North Korea has been imposed tighter sanctions by the U.N. early March for conducting a nuclear test in January and launching a rocket in February.

North and South Korea are still technically at war following the 1950-53 war in the Korean Peninsula that did not end with a peace treaty. The U.N. has maintained troops in South Korea since the war ended to overlook the Korean Armistice which ended the war.

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