Seoul-based UN office intensifies inter-Korean tensions

United Nations has opened a new office in Seoul to monitor and document North Korea’s abuse of human rights record. Despite the threats of ‘merciless punishment’, the office was opened in a ceremony on Tuesday, and North Korea has already announced that it will boycott next month’s World University Games in the South Korean city of Gwangju. Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, has declared in a press release that ‘a team of dedicated professional investigators are working full-time to add the factual record that will ultimately see him (North Korean leader Kim Jong-un) and his top officials brought before an international court’. It is a very polemical decision on the part of the UN. On the one hand, the Seoul-based office will bring a turning point in the visibility of the human rights problems abuse in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. On the other hand, an article in a North Korean newspaper, Minju Joson, points out that the opening is a declaration of war, and more than 20 activists declared that it will be used to bring down the North Korean government. Be as it may, the office will intensify tensions between the two countries.

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