North Korea welcomes top human rights official

North Korea said it has invited the European Union’s top human rights official to tour the country, The Associated Press reported.

But the country has also said that it will not allow the United Nations's human rights emissaries to visit if a U.N. resolution on the country contains a reference to the International Criminal Court.

Earlier this year, a U.N. report described significant human rights abuses in authoritarian country.


A resolution in the works at the U.N. would recommend that North Korea’s human rights record be referred to the International Criminal Court. China, an ally of North Korea and a permanent member of the Security Council, could veto such a resolution.

While U.N. officials have discussed touring the country, the nation said this week that would not be possible if the references to the ICC were not dropped from the resolution.