N. Korea holds rally against UN rights resolution

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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)
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