The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea says the closed-off country must be held to account for the hundreds of people it's accused of abducting from Japan, South Korea and elsewhere in recent decades.

Marzuki Darusman addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. He laid out his strategy for keeping pressure on Pyongyang after a commission of inquiry on the country's vast human rights abuses led the U.N. Security Council to put the issue on its agenda last year.

He told the council that the commission of inquiry recorded abduction cases involving citizens of China, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore and Thailand, and possibly elsewhere.

North Korea quickly rejected Darusman's report, calling it based on lies.