How North Korea’s weapons overshadow human rights abuses
25 March 2023 | 3:09 pm
Ten years ago, the UN formed a commission to investigate crimes against humanity in North Korea. However, little has changed, and the West seems to be more concerned about Pyongyang's militaristic ambitions.
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