A UN investigator has said there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accountable for “massive” human rights atrocities committed by the state.

The comments by Marzuki Darusman, special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, are some of the strongest yet from the UN about Kim’s responsibility for what they say are widespread abuses.

A UN inquiry concluded in a report published in February that North Korean security chiefs and possibly Kim should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings that were comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

The report “was able to point unequivocally to the responsibility and the culpability (for) these massive human rights violations to a single source of policy decision-making in the country”, Darusman said. “And therefore it’s only now that we are in the position to in fact directly put culpability on the supreme leader for these massive human rights violations.”

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