​At UN, North Korea loses key vote on crimes against humanity charges

November 18, 2014 9:26 PM

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​At UN, North Korea loses key vote on crimes against humanity charges

UNITED NATIONS -- Despite intense lobbying by North Korea and its allies, a key committee of the U.N. General Assembly agreed to urge the Security Council to refer the leaders of North Korea to the International Criminal Court for prosecution for crimes against humanity and to reject an amendment that would have stripped the resolution of those provisions.

The cliff-hanger vote against the hostile amendment, proposed by Cuba, was supported by North Korea's allies: Cuba, China, Belarus, Ecuador, Venezuela, Russia, South Africa and Iran, among others. The final vote was 111 in favor of the action and 19 opposed, with 55 countries abstaining.

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