UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights

December 22, 2014 8:46 PM

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.

This appears to be the first time that any country's human rights situation has been scheduled for ongoing debate by the U.N.'s most powerful body. China and Russia protested the move, the boldest effort yet to confront Pyongyang over the issue.

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