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North Korea threatens strong response to DC rights meeting

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North Korea says it will "strongly respond" to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang's offer to attend and defend itself.

North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Jang Il Hun declined to explain to reporters Monday what a strong response would be.

"The U.S. ignored our request for participation because they are afraid of disclosure of their plot" that North Korea maintains is based on fabrications and lies, Jang said.

North Korea has been on the defensive ever since a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry detailed vast rights abuses there. International pressure behind last year's report led to the U.N. Security Council placing the issue on its agenda of matters of international peace and security.

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