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US supports high-level UN debate on NKorea rights

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. says it supports U.N. Security Council discussion of a U.N. commission of inquiry's report that found North Korea had committed crimes against humanity.

But senior U.S. diplomat Robert King expressed doubt Friday about whether it could get on the busy agenda of the U.N.'s most powerful decision-making body. Veto-wielding China would almost certainly oppose any discussion anyway.

King also said the U.S. hasn't resolved whether it supports referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court.

Both steps were recommended by the commission. It has also proposed empowering the U.N. to keep gathering evidence.

The U.N.'s Human Rights Council will consider the recommendations when it debates North Korea's rights record Monday.

King said the council will vote on a resolution next week, but the text has not been finalized.

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