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North Korea Regime Rejects Nazi Comparison
North Korea has rejected the results of a UN study which accused the secretive state of committing crimes against humanity "strikingly similar" to those of Nazi Germany.
North Korea's foreign ministry said on Saturday the report was based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs".
The ministry added that the report was "set up (by) the US and its satellite forces out of inveterate repugnance towards the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)".
The ministry's comments were reported by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.
The UN Commission of Inquiry released its report earlier this week accusing the North of crimes against humanity including murder, torture, rape, starvation and the suppression of religion.
North Korea's extermination of political prisoners over the past five decades might also amount to genocide, the report said.
It said police and security forces in North Korea "systematically employ violence and punishments that amount to gross human rights violations".
It added that torture was an "established feature of the interrogation process", and that food was being used as a means of control over the population.
The report also recommended that North Korean security chiefs, and even the country's leader Kim Jong-Un, should face international prosecution.
Inquiry chairman Michael Kirby said the crimes were "strikingly similar" to Nazi-era atrocities.
"At the end of the Second World War, so many people said 'If only we had known' ... now the international community does know," he said.
"There will be no excusing of failure of action because we didn't know."
The North's formal rejection of the report comes after the UN urged world powers to refer the state to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
But referral to the Hague-based ICC is seen as unlikely given China's probable veto of any such move in the UN Security Council.
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