North Korea's official news agency issued a commentary rejecting U.S. charges against the country over "human rights issues."
The accusations were "a challenge and mockery of the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK," said the KCNA news agency.
North Korea added that the U.S. move only revealed its real intention to "intensify the interference in the internal affairs of the DPRK and pressure upon it to an extreme pitch," it said, and stated that the U.S. has no right to talk about the human rights issue of the DPRK, as it is "the worst human rights abuser" that has violated the rights of the Korean people in the most inhuman manner, the commentary said.
It stressed that the U.S. had better change its anti-DPRK policy and improve its worst human rights record in the world if it is truly interested in human rights.
The U.S. State Department recently claimed that the "human rights issue" in the DPRK would be a top-priority concern of the United States, as it would adversely affect the process of mending its relations with the DPRK.