North Korea's foreign minister is demanding that the U.N. secretary-general tell member states that a resolution targeting the country's bleak human rights record is illegal and based on lies.

The letter from Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, obtained by The Associated Press, says North Korea will be willing to discuss human rights if the resolution is withdrawn.

North Korea was infuriated when the U.N. General Assembly late last year approved the resolution that said the country's human rights situation should be referred to the International Criminal Court and that leader Kim Jong Un could himself be held accountable.

The letter says the European Union and Japan, the measure's sponsors, "should be held accountable for making the countries that supported the 'resolution' fall for the lies."