U.S. Criticizes North Korean Diplomats for Drowning Out Dissidents at UN

The United States accused North Korea of bullying dissidents on Thursday after diplomats from the isolated Asian country disrupted statements by North Korean defectors on human rights abuses at an event at the United Nations. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power called for the microphone to remain off as North Korean diplomat Ri Song Chol delivered a six-minute statement. Power said the North Korean diplomats were told they could speak after the three defectors had told their stories but "chose instead to try to drown out the testimony." Security Council added the issue of rights in North Korea to its agenda in December.