North Korea on Monday rejected a UN resolution condemning the communist regime's human rights abuses, calling it a US-led fabrication "full of sheer lies."
"We categorically reject the recent human rights resolution as a product of their anti-(North Korea) political plot," said an unidentified spokesman of the North's Foreign Ministry in a statement carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.
On Friday, a UN committee approved the resolution criticising North Korea's public executions, use of torture, and other human rights violations. The draft resolution goes to a plenary meeting of the 192-nation assembly for final approval.
It was the first formal comment from the North's central government on the resolution. On Saturday, a ruling Workers' Party organ, dealing with relations with South Korea, issued a statement criticising Seoul for voting for the resolution.
North Korea has long been accused of imposing the death penalty for political reasons, holding thousands in prison camps as well as torturing border-crossers and severely restricting freedom of expression and religion.
But Pyongyang has rejected talk of its human rights, claiming it's part of a US attempt to overthrow its regime.
"The resolution fabricated by hostile forces, toeing the US line, is full of sheer lies that can convince no one as was the case with the similar one adopted last year," the North's spokesman said.
"The US and the EU had better put an end to their own human rights abuses before finding fault with the human rights performance in other countries," he said.