US, allies want United Nations meet on NKorea rights abuses

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Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho, who holds the council presidency in December, told reporters that it was important to understand the "nexus" between the human rights situation in North Korea and nuclear weapons development. A minimum of nine votes are needed to win such a vote and China, Russia, US, Britain and France can not wield their vetoes.

Italy, Japan, Senegal, Sweden, Ukraine and Uruguay joined the three permanent council members in requesting the meeting, according to a letter seen by Agence France-Presse.

The pair also said that the North's "ongoing aggressive actions make all the more clear the need for multilateral security cooperation" to address the growing threat posed by North Korea and to maintain stability throughout the Indo-Pacific region, the statement said.

A day after North Korea led by headstrong leader Kim Jong Un fired it's first missile since September 15 which it claimed could reach mainland United States of America, a warning was issued to Pyongyang.

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After last year's violent protests by the community, Chandrababu Naidu govt was under pressure to fulfil its election promise. Since the new reservation quota crosses the 50 per cent mandated limit, it will have to be approved by the Union Government.

A landmark 2014 United Nations report on North Korean human rights concluded that North Korean security chiefs - and possibly Kim himself - should face justice for overseeing a state-controlled system of Nazi-style atrocities.

US defense chief Jim Mattis and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera have condemned North Korea's test of a new type of long-range missile, with the pair blasting Pyongyang for its "reckless, outlaw behavior".

North Korea on Wednesday fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which Seoul says is capable of flying 13,000 kilometers, declaring that it has completed the "state nuclear force".

"Despite persistent sanctions and pressure by the US and other hostile forces, my government concentrates all its efforts on improving people's livelihood and providing them with a better future", the envoy said in a statement.

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