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N. Korea calls UN human rights expert a ‘US puppet’

This comes as the new rapporteur, Elizabeth Salmon, visited Seoul on her first trip since assuming office last month…reports Asian Lite News

Pyongyang has accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a “puppet of the US” and making “unpardonable reckless remarks” against the regime, media reported.

This comes as the new rapporteur, Elizabeth Salmon, visited Seoul on her first trip since assuming office last month.

Salmon, a Peruvian professor of international law, has had a series of meetings with South Korean officials and civic group members to discuss the situation in the North since arriving earlier this week, AFP reported.

“We had already made clear our principled stand that we neither recognize nor deal with any ‘special rapporteur’ who is merely a puppet of the US,” said an unnamed spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry in an English statement carried by the official KCNA.

According to AFP report, the spokesman said the rapporteur’s activities were cover for an American smear campaign against the North, accusing Salmon of daring to make “unpardonable reckless remarks encroaching upon our inviolable system and sovereign rights.”

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