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South Korea mulls rights probe of North

SEOUL — The United Nations’ human rights chief declared recently that it was time for a ‘‘long overdue’’ investigation into what she called unparalleled rights abuses in North Korea. The probe, unprecedented in scope, could help establish whether the North’s leaders are committing crimes against humanity.

Navi Pillay’s January proposal has already drawn support from the United States. But the decision has proved sensitive in still-undecided South Korea, where leaders remain divided over whether to confront the North or try to somehow reduce tensions with it, even after Pyongyang detonated an underground nuclear device last week .

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