Rape, mass starvation and forced abortions: The ‘living nightmare’ of North Korea’s hermit kingdom

Members of the UN Security Council have slammed North Korea’s human rights record in a meeting on Monday, describing life inside the secretive state as a “living nightmare”.

The UN council put the issue on the agenda after voting to overrule China’s objections and add alleged grave abuses by the state to the council’s agenda.

The historic discussion marks the first time that the UN Security Council has North Korea’s human rights record.

Speaking at the meeting, US Ambassador Samantha Power said: “Today, we have broken the council’s silence. We have begun to shine a light, and what it has revealed is terrifying.”