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North Korea holds mass rally to denounce UN resolution on human rights

Soldiers and citizens rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to protest a United Nations resolution condemning their country's human rights record Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Protesters at the rally Tuesday on the square carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States. The banner in the center reads: "Let’s defend with our lives the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea headed by supreme leader Kim Jong Un." (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Soldiers and citizens rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to protest a United Nations resolution condemning their country's human rights record Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Protesters at the rally Tuesday on the square carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States. The banner in the center reads: "Let’s defend with our lives the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea headed by supreme leader Kim Jong Un." (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)  (The Associated Press)

North Koreans have staged a mass rally to protest a United Nations resolution condemning their country's human rights record.

Protesters at the rally Tuesday on Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States.

North Korea has denounced the U.N. resolution, which is the first to urge the Security Council to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court. That would open the possibility of its autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un, being targeted by prosecutors. The non-binding resolution is to come before the U.N. General Assembly in the coming weeks.

North Korea says the U.N. move is based on trumped-up allegations by defectors and backed by the United States and other countries seeking to overthrow its ruling regime.