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JH Ahn was an NK News contributor based in Seoul. He previously worked as an interpreter for United States Forces Korea.
North Korea’s state-run Korea Central Television slammed U.S. citizens’ right to keep and bear arms and current gun ownership laws as the “corrupted American way on protection of human rights.”
The about 10-minute-long video, entitled “Who is the criminal against humanity? Human rights’ hell” was uploaded on YouTube last Saturday.
The first half of the video shows a compilation of recent human rights abuses by U.S. police officers, arguing that “U.S. citizens’ are suffering from the state’s horrible human rights violations.”
On numerous occasions North Korea has slammed the U.S.’s human rights conditions as the part of efforts to refute accusations of its own violations.
The second half of the video consists of North Korean TV’s view of U.S. citizens’ right to keep and bear arms and the ongoing debate over gun control in the U.S.
“The man-hating ideology and widespread law of the jungle in the U.S. has turned its people into violent executioners where one may live by killing another,” reads the North Korean commentator.
“One can only exercise his/her political, social, cultural and all other human rights if one can be assured of the safety to live,” said Ro Keum Chul, faculty from the law department of Kim Il Sung University.
“The U.S. law that allows citizens to keep and bear arms shows the corrupted American way of protection of human rights.”
Ro also explained that the national law should ensure and respect people’s human rights but the U.S. right to keep and bear arms is hampering the process of ensuring the safety of people to live, resulting in gun crimes every day.
“Only the lawfully, culturally and morally stable society where the country protects its people’s lives can guarantee the true human rights,” said Ro.
The video also displayed how U.S. politicians are reacting to the evolving discussion on gun control law.
At around eight minutes to the video, footage of U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was shown.
The North Korean video does not mention the name of the candidate but explains that “numerous U.S. presidential candidates are sweating hard to react to public’s need for stricter gun control laws.”
The video also features protesters demonstrating against Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live in November at NBC studios in New York, but does not feature any footage of Trump addressing this topic or any other.
“U.S. the murder kingdom, the habitat of racism and the worst state for violations the human rights,” said the commentator.
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