The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal confirms North Korea’s belief that the United States “does the worst things in the world” and is the world’s biggest violator of human rights, state news outlet Korea Central News Agency said in a commentary published on Monday.
Responding to allegations that the NSA tapped the phones of millions of American citizens and foreign heads of state, the KCNA said that U.S. attempts to spy on increasing numbers of people were part of a plan “to realize world domination”.
“The U.S. claim that the illegal wiretapping is to “combat terrorism” is nothing but an absurd pretext,” the report said, adding, “the aim of the U.S. large-scale wiretapping overseas is obviously to watch and spy on every move of other countries”.
“In a recent month alone there were 60 million cases of wiretapping in the U.S. and 500 million cases in Germany,” it continued, saying “this fact fully reveals the true colors of the U.S. as the worst abuser of human rights”.
“To wiretap the secret of communications including private messages to be observed strictly represents the worst abuse of human rights ignoring the elementary conception of human rights”.
International affairs manager of Daily NK Chris Green told NK News that it is usual for North Korea to cloak its own abuses by attacking the United States, and that its rhetoric on international affairs is an “endless torrent of relativism” which is “really, really unproductive and it is their only defense”.
Green said that the U.S. is “certainly guilty of human rights abuses, and should be held to the same standards as any other state or government, but in this case the DPRK is employing relativism simply to try and hide the skeletons in its closet, and should not be given the opportunity to do so.”
The DPRK’s reaction comes after last week’s allegations by Der Spiegel that the NSA has been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone since 2003, and that President Obama had been aware of the spying since 2010. Chancellor Merkel last week told reporters that it is “really not on” for the United States to spy on its allies.
The revelations led United States Secretary of State John Kerry to admit last Friday that some surveillance work had gone “too far” and would be put to a stop.
The article makes no mention, however, of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who originally leaked documents disclosing top secret details of American surveillance programs in June.
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