A United Nations committee has adopted a resolution on human rights in North Korea, for the 17th year in a row. On Wednesday, members condemned what they called "systematic, widespread and gross violations."
Delegates demanded that the country immediately return all people North Koreans abducted from Japan and South Korea.
The Japanese government says North Korean agents abducted at least 17 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and '80s. Five were repatriated in 2002. 12 remain unaccounted for.
The North Korean ambassador rejected the resolution. Kim Song said it comes from the "anti-DPRK hostile policy, selectivity, and double standards of the US and the EU. "
Committee members also looked at the situation inside North Korea. They found 10 million people are not getting enough to eat. And they say people there do not have access to clean water or health care.