links about us archives search home
SustainabiliTankSustainabilitank menu graphic
SustainabiliTank

 
 
Follow us on Twitter

 

Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on December 23rd, 2014
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)


In a 400 page report the UN Commission of Inquiry provided an unprecedentedly detailed insight into the appalling situation in the DPRK.

The Commission concluded that the systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations being committed in the DPRK were components of a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world. They called on the International Community to protect the people of the DPRK, given the regime’s manifest failure to do so. The International Community cannot ignore such detailed and grave findings – said Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant Permanent Representative of the UK Mission to the UN, to the Security Council Briefing on The Situation in DPRK – 22 December 2014.

We ask – does above mean the UN ought to move in and protect the people of North Korea from their atrocious rulers?
If not now – then when will the UN justify its existence? Having undermined internet safety, the North Koreans have stepped now on the toes of every single person on earth. The UN has the obligation to defend us and the people of Korea.

AP December 22, 2014, 4:48 AM
North Korea snubbing milestone U.N. meeting

UNITED NATIONS — An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country’s bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

International pressure has built this year on Pyongyang after a sprawling U.N.-backed inquiry of alleged crimes against humanity. And attention has focused on the North in recent days, as the Obama administration on Friday blamed it for the devastating hacking attack on Sony over the film “The Interview,” which portrays the assassination of the nation’s young leader, Kim Jong Un.

Now, the 15-member Security Council is being urged to refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court, seen as a court of last resort for atrocities. It’s the boldest effort yet to confront Pyongyang over an issue it has openly disdained in the past.

Instead of a showdown, North Korea says it will not attend Monday’s meeting. It accuses the United States and its allies of using the human rights issue as a weapon to overthrow the leadership of the impoverished but nuclear-armed nation. It also calls the dozens of people who fled the North and aided the commission of inquiry “human scum.”

If the council takes any action, “maybe we will take necessary measures,” diplomat Kim Song told The Associated Press on Friday. He did not give details.

North Korea already sent a sharp warning last month, threatening further nuclear tests after the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee voted to move the issue toward the Security Council, which can take binding actions on matters of international peace and security.

The council has had North Korea’s nuclear program on its agenda for years, but Monday’s meeting opens the door to wider discussion of abuses alleged in the recent inquiry, including starvation and a harsh political prison camp system of up to 120,000 inmates. Pyongyang rejects the inquiry’s findings but never allowed it into the country.

Two-thirds of the Security Council this month formally requested that North Korea’s human rights situation be placed on the agenda for ongoing debate, saying rights violations “threaten to have a destabilizing impact on the region.”

China and its veto power as a permanent council member could block any action against its traditional but troublesome ally, but the mere threat of damage to Kim Jong Un’s image has outraged the North Korean government.

Such fury is thought to be behind the Sony hacking. North Korea has denied the attack but has suggested it was a “righteous deed” carried out by sympathizers.

The UN has not been an effective organization because of vetoes by various countries through the years concerning isues such as this. Therefore the problem of how to take out Kim Jung Un falls on the USA. This Sony hack by North Korea shows the world the danger and gives Obama the excuse to act. It is not a question of if we take him down but when and how.

What I find interesting is this: Our previous leader started a war based on trumped up information which later turned out to be quite suspect at best. Yet there’s no such action against a country whose leader does nothing but destroy lives – literally. He’s a murderous, out of control maniac. I don’t advocate meddling in other country’s affairs as a general rule, but in this case, it seems silly that the dictator is being handled with such kid gloves.

I’m sick of North Korea and its idiot leader. Who I feel bad for are the people of North Korea who have to live under this regime. While Kim Jung Dung keeps on getting fatter and fatter, many North Koreans are starving to death or being sentenced concentration camps. Kim and his band of morons are scared to death that even a glimmer of democracy seeps into North Korea’s society because that would mean the end of the Kim dynasty.

Well America went to war with N. Korea over this once, and it ended in a CEASE fire because China backed N. Korea while we backed S. Korea. I talked to some of the Korean vets and they told me that the barrels were melting off their machine guns, and the enemy kept coming. The only way they got them to stop was because the pile of bodies was too high to climb over.

Although i support bringing this UN meeting to discuss North Korea’s many crimes, what is the UN going to do when they find North Korea guilty in the IRC?

========================================

DID THE US FLEX A MUSCLE AND SHOWED THE NORTH KOREANS THAT THEY CAN BE ELIMINATED FROM INTERNATIONAL CYBER-SPACE?

North Korean websites are back online after a temporary shutdown.

The disruption of Internet service in the hermit kingdom came as tensions grew with the United States over North Korea’s alleged computer hack attack on Sony Pictures, and the studio’s unreleased movie about an attempt to kill the leader of the Pyongyang regime, Kim Jong Un.

Internet access to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were working normally Tuesday, Associated Press reported from Seoul.

South Korean officials said those sites, all of which have servers abroad, were earlier inaccessible. The sites are the main channels for official news from the North Korean government.

The outages to the secretive nation’s four official Internet networks began Sunday and as of Monday all were offline, Bloomberg reported.

The outage was initially reported by Dyn, a company in Manchester, N.H., that tracks Internet traffic and performance.

The company’s researchers tweeted that “After 24 hours of increasing instability, North Korean national Internet has been down hard for more than 2 hours.” The company posted a chart showing the outage.

North Korea’s Internet access is routed through China. However, who is behind the outages is unknown.

U.S. officials on Monday declined to say if the United States was responsible for the outage.

On Friday, President Obama said he would “respond proportionately” to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI confirmed was launched by North Korea.

On Sunday, however, Obama said the hacking was not an act of war. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Obama said, “I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately.”

Be Sociable, Share!

Leave a comment for this article

###