A new United Nations report has found that human rights in North Korea have deteriorated in recent years and urges the Security Council to act on behalf of the country’s people. "Sadly, on many fronts the situation has actually got worse," the envoy said. He called out North Korea for failing to meet the basic needs of its people, continuing to stage public executions, and persecuting political dissidents. "My answer is that at least the Untied Nations must lend a helping hand," the envoy said. North Korea, meanwhile, has dismissed the report, saying that it was the product of hostility from the United States, Japan, and the European Union.