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NKorea condemns UN call for human rights probe

Friday - 3/22/2013, 11:35pm  ET

People walk through Kim Il Sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The writing on top of the building reads “Hurrah to the DPRK,” the acronym for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has condemned a U.N. resolution approving a formal investigation into its suspected human rights violations.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Friday that it will completely ignore the resolution adopted Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The resolution calls for the creation of a team of independent experts to investigate for one year what U.N. officials suspect as widespread and systematic violations of human rights in North Korea.

Top U.N. human rights official Navi Pillay has said the U.N. has evidence indicating up to 200,000 people are held in North Korean political prison camps rife with torture, rape and slave labor.

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