North Korea slams US censure on rights ahead of inter-Korea summit

Seoul: North Korea condemned US criticism of its human rights record as “ridiculous” as a diplomatic whirlwind accelerated ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s summits with the South and with US President Donald Trump.
In the latest sequence of messaging before Friday’s summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Demilitarized Zone, Trump demanded the North give up its nuclear weapons—while describing its leader as “very open” and “very honourable”.
Seoul said Moon will brief Trump by phone immediately after Friday’s summit, and promised “close co-ordination” with the US.
The isolated North has been accused of a litany of state-sanctioned rights abuses including extrajudicial killing, torture, brutal crackdowns on dissent and even kidnapping foreign citizens.