North Korea tells Obama to get 'packing'

Casey Mills
January 17, 2017

Thae, 54, has said publicly that dissatisfaction with the rule of young leader Kim Jong Un had led him to flee his post, but he also had two university-age sons living with him and his wife in London who were due to return to isolated North Korea.

The Treasury announcement came as the US State Department released a report on rights abuses in North Korea, which it said were among the worst in the world.

The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency called the moves "desperate efforts" by the Obama administration "to keep afloat their hostile policy" toward Pyongyang before leaving the White House.

Obama had created "the worst human rights situation in the USA during his tenure", it added.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has carried out a series of atomic tests and missile launches during Obama's time in office, and been subject to increasingly strict United Nations sanctions as a result.

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The North has consistently defied the punishing measures and stepped up its weapons program a year ago, conducting two underground atomic explosions and two dozen ballistic missile tests.

North Korean criticized the worldwide community on Tuesday for its double standard toward the country's development of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Friday, has never clearly stated his policy on the isolated state, although he has tweeted that Pyongyang developing ballistic missile capabilities to threaten the USA mainland "won't happen". China and South Korea on Monday denounced the missile threat from North Korea and warned that a test could lead to further sanctions.

Amid fears the North may stage a provocation in connection with Trump's inauguration, the 38 North website said Friday that commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station "provides no evidence of an imminent launch or engine test".

According to the Ministry of Unification data, the number of defectors from North Korea rose to 1,417 people in 2016, following years of decreasing numbers, possibly because of the heightened border security by Pyongyang.

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