North Korea tries to curry favour with China

By Sarah Harvey

Moranbong Band during a performance in Pyongyang. PHOTO:CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP
Moranbong Band during a performance in Pyongyang. PHOTO:CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sending his personal girl band, Moranbong, to Beijing as he seeks to improve relations with his main ally ahead of a United Nations meeting scrutinising the secretive country.

According to CNN, on Thursday, the UN Security Council will discuss alleged human rights abuses in North Korea. An earlier report by the UN detailed the atrocities in North Korea, including a catalogue of torture and the widespread abuse of even the weakest of North Koreans.

The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea said in its report that North Korea “does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”

North Korean leaders allegedly employ murder, torture, slavery, sexual violence, mass starvation and other abuses to prop up the state and terrorise “the population into submission”.

Activists hold hope the UN will refer Kim to the International Criminal Court. China who holds the right of veto in the UN Security Council is North Korea’s only  hope of avoiding this.

North Korean state news agency KCNA says, the Moranbong Band, “will soon give friendship performances in China.”

The all-female group was formed in 2012 and sings about Kim’s “warm heart” and “sweet smile.”

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