(CNN) — China and North Korea have slammed a U.N. report that found crimes against humanity committed in the reclusive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
At the Monday session of the Human Rights Council, China’s representative called a landmark report that was highly critical of North Korea’s human rights record “divorced from reality.” The diplomat’s words indicate that China, a permanent member of the Security Council, may block attempts to refer North Korean issues to the International Criminal Court.
In February, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea published a 400-page report documenting the widespread torture and abuse, and called for urgent action including the referral of its findings to the ICC for possible prosecution.
Pyongyang’s representative accused the entire commission of being spurred by “lies” and “hostile forces.”
The North Korean official objected and left when the Japanese representative brought in the head of a Japanese association for families, whose loved ones have been reportedly abducted by North Korea, to make a statement.