North Korea Denounces ‘Forum of Lies’ at UN

ChannelNews Asia – September 28, 2014

North Korea’s foreign minister on Saturday (Sep 27) berated the United Nations (UN) Security Council as a forum of lies and double standards, in the first UN address by a top Pyongyang official in 15 years.

Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong called for reforming the UN Security Council, which has imposed tough sanctions on North Korea over its suspect nuclear program and missile launches.

“The Security Council should no longer serve as a forum for telling lies,” Ri told the UN General Assembly.

The foreign minister accused the top body of turning a blind eye to civilian deaths in Gaza from Israeli attacks while punishing Syria over the conflict on its territory. He said the top body was “showcasing the extreme manifestation of the double standard” and said no action should be taken against Syria “under the disguise of counter-terrorism,” in a reference to US-led airstrikes against militants.

The foreign minister assailed the United States over joint exercises it held with South Korea in August and recounted that the 15-member council refused to consider Pyongyang’s request to suspend the war exercises.

Turning to North Korea’s nuclear program, the foreign minister asserted that US “hostile policy” had led to Pyongyang’s decision to develop nuclear weapons. “The nuclear deterrent of the DPRK is not intended to threaten or attack others,” he said. “Neither is it a bargaining chip to be exchanged for something else.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier called for a resumption of six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, in his address to the 193-nation Assembly.

A report this month by the UN nuclear watchdog raised alarm over North Korea, saying the reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear site may be operational again. The reactor is capable of giving North Korea, which has carried out three nuclear tests, six kilos (13 pounds) of plutonium a year – enough for one nuclear bomb, experts say.

Already under crippling sanctions since 2006, Pyongyang was hit by fresh UN punitive measures in March 2013 over its third nuclear test.

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Uruguay’s Prez Rips Into U.N. Official Over Marijuana Law: ‘Stop Lying’

December 13, 2013 – Huffington Post

José “Pepe” Mujica shot back on Friday at the president of the International Narcotics Control Board, a U.N. agency, for saying that his administration refused to meet with the agency’s officials before legalizing marijuana this week.

Mujica batted down the criticism, insisting that his administration is open to discussing the law and accusing the INCB President Raymond Yans of applying a double standard by criticizing Uruguay, even as U.S. states pass laws to legalize recreational marijuana consumption.

“Tell this old guy not to lie,” Mujica told reporters, according to Colombian daily El Espectador. “Any guy in the street can meet with me. Let him come to Uruguay and meet with me whenever he wants… He thinks that because he’s in an international position, he can tell whatever lie he wants.”

The INCB president said on Wednesday he was “surprised” that the Uruguayan government “knowingly decided to break the universally agreed and internationally endorsed legal provisions of the treaty.

But Mujica dismissed the criticism as a double standard, pointing out that the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington have already legalized weed and that both of the states’ populations individually exceed Uruguay’s 3.4 million inhabitants.

“Do they have two discourses, one for Uruguay and another for those who are strong?” Mujica asked.

“There’s always going to be pressure,” Mujica told Brazilian daily A Folha de São Paulo before the law passed. “There’s an apparatus in the world that lives by repressing, and it costs a lot of money.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/13/uruguay-marijuana-united-nations_n_4442077.html