DPRK delegate clarifies principled stand on US electronic espionage

The DPRK delegate made a speech at a meeting of the Third Committee of the 68th UN General Assembly on Nov. 26 in support of the resolution "Right to Private Life in IT Era" proposed by Brazil and Germany to cope with the U.S. illegal eavesdropping.

Noting the resolution was timely tabled at the international meeting, he said the global electronic espionage operation underway by a specified country is having great impact on everyone for its serious nature and gravity. The resolution reflects the opinion of the world community, he added.

As regards it, he suggested principled matters as follows:

First, acts violating the principle of respect for others' sovereignty and interfering in others' internal affairs should no longer be allowed in international relations.

Illegal tapping and eavesdropping targeting heads of state is an unbearable insult to the dignity of states and a wanton violation of the UN Charter as it is an infringement upon their sovereignty and intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign states.

Such electronic espionage by the U.S. should be terminated at once.

If not, it will become impossible to protect and promote human rights in the true sense of words nor will it be possible to ensure relations based on trust and cooperation among countries and global peace and security.

Second, right to private life should be thoroughly protected.

The electronic spying act perpetrated by the U.S. indicates that it is the worst human rights abuser who does not abide by even elementary norms of human rights.

Washington should immediately stop its indiscriminate human rights abuses at home and abroad before finding fault with the human rights performance in other countries, and set right its dirty human rights records.

Finally, the delegate stressed the DPRK has become a cosponsor country of the above-said resolution, underlining the need to take an effective measure to put an end to the U.S. human rights violation. 

(KCNA - November 30, 2013)

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