China, Russia fail to stop U.N. meeting on rights in North Korea

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  • Friday, 11 Dec 2015

United Nations Security Council members cast their votes in favor of the adoption of the agenda during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on alleged human rights abuses by North Korea which has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities at U.N. headquarters in New York, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China, Russia, Venezuela and Angola failed on Thursday to stop the United Nations Security Council from holding its second meeting on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

China called a vote to stop the meeting, but lost nine to four. Nigeria and Chad abstained. Nine votes are needed to win a procedural vote and the five permanent members - China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France - cannot use their vetoes.

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