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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea warns US could 'pay dearly' for human rights criticism

Washington's 'malicious words' will worsen tensions on peninsula, Pyongyang says

The U.N. General Assembly on Dec. 18 condemned North Korea's "long-standing and ongoing" violations of human rights in an annual resolution sponsored by dozens of countries, including the U.S.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea lashed back at the United States for taking issue with its human rights record on Saturday, saying Washington's "malicious words" would only aggravate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, state news agency KCNA reported.

The KCNA statement, attributed to a foreign ministry spokesperson, warned that if the United States dared to take issue with the North's system of government by citing human rights problems, it would "pay dearly."

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