File - Former North Korean prison guard Ahn Myong Chul pauses during the sixth Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy at the CICG in this file picture taken in Geneva February 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)
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Western and Asian powers will this week begin pressing for North Korea to be held responsible for crimes against humanity alleged in a United Nations report, but have conceded that their chances of influencing the isolated country are slim.The forum, which commissioned the unprecedented investigation a year ago, will decide on how to handle North Korea at a session that will continue until March 28 .North Korea is already on the agenda of the U.N. General Assembly, but the Security Council has so far focused only on its nuclear weapons and proliferation threat, de Rivero said.But winning international consensus to bring Kim to book is likely to remain elusive for now, according to diplomats, U.N. sources and activists, particularly because any crimes in North Korea would have to be referred to the ICC by the Security Council, where Pyongyang's ally China has veto powers.Pyongyang has rejected the report's findings and the mandate of the investigators, whom it refused to meet or allow into North Korea.As the Human Rights Council discusses how to handle North Korea, the main actors are staking out their ground.
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