Crimes against humanity in NKorea, UN panel finds

Under the portraits of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, North Korean Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong stands up to leave after a press conference at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. North Korea’s propaganda machine is churning out near-daily diatribes against the United States and South Korea for a series of soon-to-start military maneuvers, warning nuclear war could be imminent and saying it will take dramatic action of its own if further provoked. Ji offered a somewhat less caustic line at a rare news conference on Wednesday. Ji told international media the north wanted to reduce tensions to allow steps toward reconciliation and eventual unification between North and South. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.N. Commission of Inquiry has found that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea and is recommending the findings be referred to the International Criminal Court.

That’s according to sources who talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The commission conducted a yearlong investigation. It has found evidence of an array of such crimes, including “extermination,” crimes against humanity against “starving populations” and a campaign of abductions of individuals in South Korea and Japan.

Its report is due for release Monday. The report does not examine individual culpability in detail but recommends steps toward accountability.

An outline of the report was provided to AP by an individual familiar with its contents who spoke on condition of anonymity to divulge the information before its formal release. A U.S. official who spoke anonymously for the same reason confirms those conclusions.

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