North Korean website says recanted defector testimony mocks human rights accusations

January 20, 2015 9:29 AM

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North Korean website says recanted defector testimony mocks human rights accusations

SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.N. campaign to make North Korea accountable for human rights abuses should be scrapped, a semi-official North Korean propaganda website said on Tuesday, days after a defector admitted parts of his story about brutal prison life were untrue.

Shin Dong-hyuk, one of the best known defectors from the North who was a key witness to the U.N. inquiry that has issued a damning indictment of the isolated country's rights abuses, admitted in a post on his Facebook page on Sunday to having changed key parts of his story.

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