North Korea has singled out Japan, criticizing Tokyo’s leading role in crafting a U.N. resolution condemning human rights violations and the abductions of foreign nationals by the nuclear-armed country, amid its ongoing thaw with the outside world.

In a commentary published late Monday, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency blasted “dishonest forces including Japan” for “working hard to cook up” the resolution as denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington continue.

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