Turns out the U.S. may not be able to afford Korean War II

Turns out the U.S. may not be able to afford Korean War II

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― A lot of people here, from right to left politically, think war on the Korean peninsula is imminent. Kim Jong-Un, they say, is eager to order a seventh nuclear test as well as test shots of intercontinental ballistic missiles. And would not President Trump love to stage […]

Upcoming Winter games in PyeongChang taking place in world’s foremost hot zone

Upcoming Winter games in PyeongChang taking place in world’s foremost hot zone

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Olympic Games should be entirely about sport, sportsmanship and solidarity. Yet they rarely are. Every four years the athletes of the world, or at least most of them, meet in an exotic locale plagued by political controversy, cost overruns, corruption, and doping concerns. The […]

Has CIA report set the countdown clock for Korean War II?

Has CIA report set the countdown clock for Korean War II?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The CIA has struck alarm bells here with a top-secret report to President Trump telling him he has just three months to stop North Korea from having the ability to fire a nuclear warhead at the United States. The report has deepened the bitter divide between hawks […]

As global migrant crisis continues, Hungary pushes back

As global migrant crisis continues, Hungary pushes back

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The global surge of refugees and economic migrants continues unabated. Both the scourge of civil and ethnic conflicts, as well as the pull of economic betterment, have seen millions of people on the move to both the USA and the European Union. As countries scramble […]

‘Rocket man’ gives everyone a break from tedious news cycles

‘Rocket man’ gives everyone a break from tedious news cycles

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― He had to do it, didn’t he? Just when the optimists were saying, well, it’s been a few weeks since the last one, maybe he’s learned his lesson. What lesson? Kim Jong-Un (aka, “Rocket man”) sails on, oblivious to the fuming and fussing in capitals from Beijing […]

North Korea conducts most successful missile test yet; U.S. mum on how to ‘take care of it’

North Korea conducts most successful missile test yet; U.S. mum on how to  ‘take care of it’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – America’s top leaders are clearly uncertain as to how to retaliate for North Korea’s latest long-range missile test without resorting to a military option. President Donald Trump pledged, “We will take care of it” but showed no sign of unleashing the “fire and fury” that he had […]

U.S., South Korea set for exercise with focus on synching operations in the event of war

U.S., South Korea set for exercise with focus on synching operations in the event of war

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON — U.S. and South Korean warplanes will be crisscrossing the skies above and around South Korea early next month in the biggest show of allied force against the North so far. U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In agreed on the need to stage the […]

Trump takes new actions, short of war, to ‘maximize pressure’ on North Korea

Trump takes new actions, short of war, to ‘maximize pressure’ on North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The U.S. has opened a bold new assault on North Korea’s nuclear-and-missile program with a one-two punch designating the North as a “state sponsor of terror” and then imposing new sanctions. Analysts doubt if these measures will result in immediate capitulation of the regime of Kim Jong-Un to give […]

‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A key UN Committee has condemned Iran’s widespread use of the death penalty and has urged the Islamic Republic to eliminate “all discrimination and rights violations against women and girls.” In a separate resolution, the Third Committee roundly chastised North Korea’s grave human rights situation […]

Quake was a disaster, but it canceled South Korea’s ‘examination hell’ which was even worse

Quake was a disaster, but it canceled South Korea’s ‘examination hell’ which was even worse

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The aftershock of the great Pohang earthquake in South Korea has been dramatic, intense, and controversial. That’s a reference to the abrupt cancellation of the greatest event in the lives of thousands of Korean high school students, namely the examination that all of them have to take, […]

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