US-North Korea

US commander in South Korea cancels Washington trip over tensions

General James Thurman (front left) with the chairman of South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Jung Seung-jo. Photo: AP

The US commander in South Korea, General James Thurman, has cancelled a scheduled trip to Washington this week due to tensions with North Korea, a spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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.

22 Mar 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