North Korea beat up Britain on Saturday for sanctioning two organizations that British officials claim are imprisoned in North Korea’s dire labor camps.
The sanctions imposed on Bureau 7 of the Department of State Security and the Bureau of People’s Security Correctional Bureau are among the first under Britain’s new global human rights regime, Reuters reported on Saturday.
“Britain’s latest move is a blatant political conspiracy to engage with US hostile policies,” said a spokesman for the North Korean State Department in a statement to the KCNA state media.
“We strongly condemn Britain’s courage to impose sanctions on the institutions responsible for our country̵
The sanctions will take the form of an asset freeze. North Korea’s detention center is believed to include forced labor, torture and murder.
Tensions between North Korea, South Korea and the United States have increased as a result of a dead end over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and international sanctions against Pyongyang.