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英语新闻:朝鲜强烈回应美国人权会议

2015-02-17    来源:新华网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

英语新闻:朝鲜强烈回应美国人权会议

North Korea Threatens Strong Response to US Human Rights Meeting

英语新闻:

North Korea says it will respond "very strongly" to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang's offer to attend and defend itself. Puzzled conference organizers said the event was open to the public.

North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Jang Il Hun told reporters Monday he could not predict what a strong response might be.

Jang said the North Korea asked the U.S. government to "immediately scrap the so-called conference," which will be hosted by the nonprofit Center for Strategic & International Studies. Speakers include Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues.

 


 


Victor Cha, Korea chair at CSIS, said he was not sure what Jang was referring to. "We issued no specific invitations to anyone," he said.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has been on the defensive ever since a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry detailed vast rights abuses there. International pressure behind last year's report led to the U.N. Security Council placing the issue on its agenda of matters of international peace and security.

Jang said he sent a formal request to his counterpart in the State Department and that the counterpart responded that the event was not a government one. "That means our request was denied," Jang said. He called the conference "a purely government event" in nature.

North Korea and the United States do not have formal diplomatic relations, but Jang is tasked with communicating through the so-called "New York channel" that the country's U.N. mission uses to reach out to U.S. officials at times. Jang said his communication to the U.S. was only about the conference.

There was no immediate comment from the State Department. North Korea has repeatedly said the U.S. and its allies use the human rights issue as a pretext to overthrow it, and it has started demanding that the U.S. should instead look into the CIA's "torture crimes."

The U.N. General Assembly in December approved a resolution that urged the council to refer North Korea's human rights situation to the International Criminal Court.

"We are not guilty of any crime," Jang said Monday, smiling.

Jang on Monday told reporters that the opportunity had passed. "Once it's gone, we have to start all over again," he said.

On other matters, Jang said he could not predict whether Kim would come to the United Nations in September to address the General Assembly of world leaders. Kim is expected to make his first trip abroad in May, to Russia.

ambassador: n.大使,使节; (派驻联合国等国际组织的)代表

envoy: n.使节,外交官; 全权公使

groundbreaking: adj.开创性的,突破性的

commission: n.委员会,委员

pretext: n.借口,托辞; 假象,掩饰

torture: n.拷问; 折磨; 痛苦

(新华网)



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