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Bush Calls N. Korea a 'Brutal Regime'

U.S. President George W. Bush denounced North Korea as a "brutal regime” in the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, ending months of restraint in his remarks about the country while nuclear negotiations are underway. North Korea in turn strongly protested against suspicions raised in the U.S. that it sold nuclear materials to Syria. The new development bodes ill for six-nation nuclear talks slated to start on Thursday in Beijing.

In his speech at the UN, Bush said, "The people of Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq have asked for our help, and every civilized nation has a responsibility to stand with them. In Belarus, North Korea, Syria, and Iran, brutal regimes deny their people fundamental rights." He criticized the UN Commission on Human Rights, which "has been silent on repression by regimes from Havana to Caracas to Pyongyang and Tehran.” "To be credible on human rights in the world, the United Nations must first reform its own Human Rights Council."

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english.chosun.com  (Posted 9/29/07)