United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
December 11, 2017
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea. Immediately following the Security Council meeting, Ambassador Haley presided over a side-event highlighting the experiences of forcibly repatriated North Korean women, including testimony from North Korean defectors.
“We must tell the full story of the North Korean people. Only a few of them, some with us today, have escaped to tell the truth about their struggle for freedom. My hope is that we hear their stories today and add our voices to the cause of basic human rights in North Korea.”
“The systematic human rights violations and abuses of the North Korean government are more than the cause of its people’s suffering. They are a means to a single end: Keeping the Kim Jong Un regime in power. The regime is using that power to develop an unnecessary arsenal and support enormous conventional military forces that pose a grave risk to international peace and security. Their menacing march towards nuclear weapons begins with the oppression and exploitation of ordinary North Korean people. Through the export of workers abroad to earn hard currency and the use of forced labor at home, the regime uses its people to underwrite its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”
“We must tell and retell their stories until the world knows what’s going on in the black box that is North Korea. We must tell and retell their stories, so that leaders inside and outside of this Council cannot plead ignorance. We have no excuse not to act… The crisis in North Korea is one of human rights and peace and security. History will judge us on how we respond.”