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Human rights should be on agenda of North Korea talks - UN expert

UN special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana was speaking to reporters in Geneva days before the Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur. Picture: unmultimedia.org

GENEVA - A UN expert on North Korea called on Thursday for the United States and other powers to put human rights firmly on the agenda of their upcoming talks with Pyongyang, saying it would help make any progress towards denuclearisation “sustainable”.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), was speaking to reporters in Geneva days before the Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He also called for North Korea to take steps towards a general amnesty and release “hundreds of prisoners”, as an “important signal” and part of a gradual process.