UN sets up commission of inquiry into rights abuses by North Korea

So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the UN. Photo: Reuters

The UN yesterday set up a commission of inquiry into human-rights violations in North Korea, saying some "may amount to crimes against humanity". The 47-member Geneva forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by the European Union and Japan, and backed by the United States, condemning alleged torture, food deprivation and labour camps for political prisoners.

Friday, 22 March, 2013, 5:35am

North Korea threatens US bases in Okinawa, Guam as 'within range'

North Korea says the US Marine Corps base in Okinawa is within its attack range. Photo: EPA

The North Korean army on Thursday threatened a possible strike against US military bases in Japan, in response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea threatens action over B-52 bomber flights

A US Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

North Korea on Wednesday condemned training flights by nuclear-capable US B-52 bombers over the Korean peninsula as an “unpardonable provocation” and threatened military action if they continue.

The Pentagon says at least one B-52 has flown over South Korea in recent weeks as part of joint South Korea-US military exercises that Pyongyang has denounced as rehearsals for invasion.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am