Newly-designated U.S. envoy to Seoul: ‘We are in a dramatically different place’ after summit

Newly-designated U.S. envoy to Seoul: ‘We are in a dramatically different place’ after summit

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SINGAPORE – U.S. and South Korean military people are deeply concerned about the prospect of giving up joint military exercises while the presidents of both their countries remain convinced that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un is really going to get rid of his nuclear program. Senior members of the […]

The greatest show on earth? Now for the follow through

The greatest show on earth? Now for the follow through

Special to WorldTribune.com Commentary by Donald Kirk SINGAPORE — The summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un wound up in a victory of style and image over real substance. Trump, hours after his historic meeting with Kim, defended the vague final declaration in a show of bluff and bluster in which he sought to […]

What is tough guy Kim Yong-Chol’s game and what happened in China on his way to NY?

What is tough guy Kim Yong-Chol’s game and what happened in China on his way to NY?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It does look like Singapore is on again. You can’t have so many emissaries going back and forth, between Pyongyang and New York, between Washington and Singapore, between Pyongyang and Singapore, between Manila and Panmunjeom, without thinking these guys are serious, something’s up. What, between Manila and Panmunjeom? What’s […]

Stakeholders agree: Trump and Kim simply must sit down and talk

Stakeholders agree: Trump and Kim simply must sit down and talk

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL – If there’s anything the presidents of the U.S. and South Korea and the leader of North Korea are sure about, it’s the need for two of them, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un, to meet in the very near future. Trump reaffirmed the need for the […]

What next on Korean summit? Pyongyang, White House, columnist left guessing

What next on Korean summit? Pyongyang, White House, columnist left guessing

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — President Donald Trump ignited another firestorm of controversy with his shock decision to call off his summit with Kim Jong-Un as planned for June 12 in Singapore. At the same time, the possibility lingered that he might still go back to a summit. Inside his administration, key […]

Smoke and mirrors: Kim wants world to witness destruction of already-obliterated test site

Smoke and mirrors: Kim wants world to witness destruction of already-obliterated test site

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It’s not enough that North Korea should abruptly cancel South-North talks on military tensions and another long-awaited round of reunions of fast-fading families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Now we’re not even sure Kim Jong-Un will go through with his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. It’s hard […]

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk What is this disturbing nonsense we sometimes hear about a “Vietnam model” for permanent peace on the Korean peninsula? Whoever’s talking about that either has to be joking or is totally unaware of the tragedy that befell South Vietnam after the signing of the “Paris peace accords” that were […]

Both Koreas and the world want to know: What is Trump thinking?

Both Koreas and the world want to know: What is Trump thinking?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Forget about the U.S. pulling troops from Korea any time soon. It’s not going to happen, at least to judge by the denials from the White House and President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton. “Utter nonsense,” was all Bolton had to say about a report that Trump had […]

Real news in Korea always comes as a complete surprise

Real news in Korea always comes as a complete surprise

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Here’s a hard truth that’s certifiable by any rudimentary review of modern Korean history: the real news about Korea catches almost everyone by surprise. Who, for instance, would have predicted the outbreak of the Korean War nearly seven decades ago? Who knew, in the depths of South Korea’s economic […]

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