UN 'wants North Korean regime crimes punished'
17 February 2014 Last updated at 06:03 GMT
A year-long UN inquiry into North Korean rights abuses is due to be published, and is expected to urge punishment for systematic violations.
A panel of experts mandated by the UN's Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered "unspeakable atrocities".
The panel heard evidence of torture, enslavement, sexual violence, severe political repression and other crimes.
It is expected to recommend an inquiry by an international court or tribunal.
Lucy Williamson reports from Seoul.