The Third Committee of the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution on North Korea's human rights situation that calls for referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The resolution passed in a 112-19 vote, with 50 abstentions. It was introduced by the European Union and Japan.
"The General Assembly ... encourages the Security Council to continue its consideration of the relevant conclusions and recommendations of the commission of inquiry and take appropriate action to ensure accountability, including through consideration of the referral of the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court," the resolution said.
The resolution also calls for effective targeted sanctions against those who appear to be most responsible for acts that may constitute crimes against humanity, and it encourages the Security Council to continue discussions and active engagement on the issue.
During the committee meeting, North Korea's deputy chief of its mission to the U.N., Choe Myong-nam, denounced the resolution, while China, Russia, Syria, Cuba, and other countries with friendly ties with Pyongyang, also opposed the resolution.