N. Korea holds rally against UN rights resolution

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In this July 27, 2013 file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. If the U.S. government's claim that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy is correct, no one can say they weren'€™t warned. The movie, €œThe Interview,€ pushed all of North Korea's buttons. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
Security Council members vote for tough new sanctions against North Korea for its latest nuclear test, during a meeting at U.N. headquarters Thursday, March 7, 2013. The unanimous vote by the U.N.'s most powerful body sparked a furious Pyongyang to threaten a nuclear strike against the United States. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Soldiers and citizens rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to protest a United Nations resolution condemning their country's human rights record Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Protesters at the rally Tuesday on the square carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States. The banner in the center reads: "Let’s defend with our lives the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea headed by supreme leader Kim Jong Un." (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
North Korean army officers and soldiers attend a rally at Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in celebration of the country's recent nuclear test. The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's decision to conduct a third underground nuclear test earlier in the week in defiance of resolutions banning nuclear and missile activity. The writing reads "We warmly congratulate the 3rd successful underground nuclear test." (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
North Korean soldiers stand near portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il while attending a rally at Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in celebration of the country's recent nuclear test. The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's decision to conduct a third underground nuclear test earlier in the week in defiance of resolutions banning nuclear and missile activity. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
North Korean army officers and soldiers attend a rally at Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in celebration of the country's recent nuclear test. The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's decision to conduct a third underground nuclear test earlier in the week in defiance of resolutions banning nuclear and missile activity. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
A conductor guides a band as they practice a song before the start of a rally at Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in celebration of the country's recent nuclear test. The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's decision to conduct a third underground nuclear test earlier in the week in defiance of resolutions banning nuclear and missile activity. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
Large screen monitors broadcast the recorded votes on a draft proposal during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The committee approved a resolution that urges the Security Council to refer North Korea's harsh human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Large screen monitors broadcast Choe Myong Nam, North Korea's official in charge of U.N. affairs and human rights, as he speaks during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The committee approved a resolution that urges the Security Council to refer the country's harsh human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo released by Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 unanimously approved a resolution condemning North Korea's rocket launch in December and imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang's space agency. (AP Photo/KCNA, File)
North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square, some bowing towards portraits of their late leader Kim Jong Il, as an act of respect, to mark the third anniversary of his death, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Wednesday, opening the way for his son, Kim Jong Un, to put a more personal stamp on the way the country is run. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
North Koreans gather in front of a portrait of their late leader Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, paying respects to their late leader Kim Jong Il, to mark the third anniversary of his death, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 at Pyong Chon District in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Wednesday, opening the way for his son, Kim Jong Un, to put a more personal stamp on the way the country is run. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Choe Myong Nam, second from left, North Korea's official in charge of U.N. affairs and human rights, and other delegates watch the recorded votes on a draft proposal during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The committee approved a resolution that urges the Security Council to refer North Korea's harsh human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Choe Myong Nam, North Korea's official in charge of U.N. affairs and human rights, leaves after a draft resolution vote in the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The committee approved a resolution that urges the Security Council to refer North Korea's harsh human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea held a mass rally Tuesday in its capital to protest a United Nations resolution condemning its human rights record.

Thousands of protesters in Kim Il Sung Square carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States. Such mass rallies are organized by the government and are used to express its official line.

North Korea has denounced the U.N. resolution, which is the first to urge the Security Council to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court. That would open the possibility of its autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un, being targeted by prosecutors. The non-binding resolution is to come before the U.N. General Assembly in the coming weeks.

North Korea says the U.N. move is based on trumped-up allegations by defectors and backed by the United States and other countries seeking to overthrow its ruling regime. Its state media have been producing articles critical of the human rights situation in the United States and threatening severe retaliation against any attempts to bring down its government.

The resolution followed a U.N. commission of inquiry report early this year that said North Korea's human rights situation "exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror."

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Escaped prisoner from North Korean Internment Camp 14 Shin Dong-Hyuk speaks during a conversation on 'America's Role in Promoting Democracy and Human Rights ' at the 2012 Foreign Policy Initiative Forum in Washington on November 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: North Korea refugee and human rights activist Shin Dong-hyuk speaks during a rally outside the White House while demonstrationg for human rights in North Korea July 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. In 2005, Shin, 30, was the first person to have escaped from a 'total-control zone' grade internment camp, called Camp #14, in North Korea and live to tell about the experience. Shin now lives in South Korea and works to raise awareness about North Korean internment and concentration camps. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
In this Sept. 21, 2014 photo, North Korean defector Choi Jung-hoon, center, listens as North Korean democracy activist Park Sang-hak, right, speaks before they release balloons carrying leaflets and banners condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies during a rally against North Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea. One recent survey by a Seoul civic group of about 400 defectors suggested that one in every two defector families in the South send home money. “Even though we have very small incomes here, we still eat rice at every meal,” Choi said. “If we don’t buy new clothes, we can save some money to send to our family members in the North. That’s a lot of money for them.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joo)
In this Sept. 21, 2014 photo, North Korean defectors prepare to release balloons to let them fly to the North, carrying leaflets and banners condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies during a rally against North Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea. One recent survey by a Seoul civic group of about 400 defectors suggested that one in every two defector families in the South send home money, mostly between 500,000 won ($470) and 3 million won ($2,820) per year. They do this even though most defectors struggle to make a living in the highly competitive, well-educated South: Their average monthly wage is about 1.4 million won ($1,320), about half the pay of an average South Korean worker. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joo)
In this Sept. 21, 2014 photo, North Korean defectors prepare to release balloons to let them fly to the North, carrying leaflets and banners condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies during a rally against North Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea. The writing on the balloons and banners reads "End the world's worst three generation dictatorship and Down with Kim Jong Un." One recent survey by a Seoul civic group of about 400 defectors suggested that one in every two defector families in the South send home money, mostly between 500,000 won ($470) and 3 million won ($2,820) per year. They do this even though most defectors struggle to make a living in the highly competitive, well-educated South: Their average monthly wage is about 1.4 million won ($1,320), about half the pay of an average South Korean worker. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Former North Korean defectors prepare to release balloons to let them fly to the North, carrying leaflets and banners condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies, during a rally against North Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. The writing on the balloons and banner reads " Down with Kim Jong Un." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Former North Korean defectors release balloons carrying leaflets and banners condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies during a rally against North Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, in South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Former North Korean defectors release balloons carrying leaflets and banners condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies during a rally against North Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, in South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
North Korean defectors carry to release a balloon to let it fly to the North, carrying chocolate pies and cookies during a rally against the North's recent threat at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
North Korean defectors and South Korean activists prepare to release balloons to let them fly to the North, carrying chocolate pies and cookies during a rally against the North's recent threat at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae, center, cheers with North Korean defectors, refugees and their family members during a ceremony to celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. South Korea on Monday proposed that the rival Koreas restart arranging reunions next month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. But still, the North Korea kept silent on South Korea's offer. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
This is a undated photo of Hwang Jang Yop, a close confident of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, and his wife, Park Seung Ok, wearing glass and his son Hwang Kyung Mu, left, and son's wife, standing. Hwang is seeking asylum at Beijing's, South Korean Consulate. In a statement released by the South Koreans, Hwang said he decided to defect to help reconcile the two Koreas. (AP Photo/Naewoi Newspaper)
A North Korean defector burns an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a North Korean flag during a rally to mark the the third anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack on the Yeonpyeong island, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Four people, including two marines and two civilians, were killed by North Korea's attack. The banner read: "Hang Kim Jong Un, Strike Pyongyang and Get rid of pro-North ." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, South Korean Kim Tae-hoon, center, performs with adolescent North Korean defectors during their concert "With Friend" at Mapo Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. Kim is rearing nine boys - all defectors from North Korea. Kim has given them their first real experience of family. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Members of Korea Freedom Federation shout slogans during a rally to demand the safety of North Korean defectors, in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Nine North Korean defectors have been forced to return to their country from China after being captured in Laos, a South Korean news report said. The blue signs read" Stop forced repatriation of North Koreans" and the red read "The international community should protect North Korean defectors together! " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A human right activist holds up a candle during a rally demanding the Laos government to guarantee the safety of nine of North Korean citizens who reportedly fled to Laos, in front of the Laotian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 31, 2013. Nine North Korean defectors have been forced to return to their country from China after being captured in Laos, a South Korean news report says. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A human right activist holds candles during a rally demanding the Laos government to guarantee the safety of nine of North Korean citizens who reportedly fled to Laos, in front of the Laotian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 31, 2013. Nine North Korean defectors have been forced to return to their country from China after being captured in Laos, a South Korean news report says. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this picture taken on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, an unidentified North Korean defector takes a nap near the paintings wishing two Koreas reunification during a break time at the Hangyeore middle-high school in Anseong, south of Seoul, South Korea. North Korea's prison population has swelled in recent years with those caught fleeing the country under a crackdown on defections by young leader Kim Jong Un, according to defectors living in South Korea and researchers who study Pyongyang's notorious network of labor camps and detention centers. The letters read "Reunification and A journey of thousand miles begins with one step." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Helium balloons carrying leaflets against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and their dictatorship, are launched by North Korean defectors and South Korean activists during an anti-North Korea rally denouncing North Korea's third nuclear test at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. They flew the 200,000 propaganda leaflets across the border to denounce the nuclear test and late leader Kim Jong Il's birthday on Saturday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
North Korean defectors hold up candles while shouting slogans during a rally demanding the Chinese government to release North Korean refugees captured in China, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. More than 100 North Korean defectors protested in anger over a treaty with Pyongyang that requires China to repatriate North Koreans who illegally enter the country. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A woman wipes her tears during a rally against Chinese government deporting captured North Korean defectors back to North Korea, near the Chinese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A North Korean defector wipes his eye during a rally against the Chinese government's arrest of North Korean refugees, near the Chinese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. The protesters called for China not to send North Korean refugees back to their country, saying those refugees might be executed. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
South Korean activists and North Korean defectors shout slogans during a rally denouncing North Korea's genocide and crimes against humanity in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A South Korean conservative activist with a stick beats a portrait of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's youngest son Kim Jon Un during a rally against the North's succession and mourning the late North Korean defector Hwang Jang-yop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. South Korea honored Hwang who once tutored autocratic leader Kim Jong Il at a funeral Thursday, praising his efforts to resolve rights abuses in his communist homeland. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A former North Korean defector walks past near a poster showing a North Korean child suffering from famine during a rally North Koreans' famine and human rights violation in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. North Korean defectors and South Koreans gather to demand two Koreas' unification. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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