Let’s make a deal: Donald Trump to remake Pyongyang’s skyline!

Let’s make a deal: Donald Trump to remake Pyongyang’s skyline!

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Everybody’s talking about overtures to Pyongyang. Informal talks, secret talks, talks about talks – then, somewhere in everyone’s pet solution, comes the killer line: Pyongyang has to “freeze” its missile-and-nuclear program before real talking begins. It’s unlikely Kim Jong-Un will “freeze” anything, but here’s an idea. Remember that enormous […]

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Would Kim Jong-Un mind giving Moon Jae-In a break? More than any other South Korean leader in years, Moon would like nothing better than to be the one to bring about North-South reconciliation. Wouldn’t it be great, Moon’s newly appointed former activists must be saying, if Kim Jong-Un invited […]

South Korea’s new leadership has a record of promoting summitry with North Korea

South Korea’s new leadership has a record of promoting summitry with North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The drama of South Korean history opens a tumultuous new act with the election of a liberal labor lawyer who has promised both to bring about detente with North Korea and satisfy the demands of restive masses fed up with alleged rightist abuses. Whether Moon Jae-In will be able […]

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― The shadows of war lengthen over Japanese society in thrall to Article 9 of a “peace constitution” foisted under the “occupation” led by the victorious World War II Pacific commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Much as the “rightist” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might want to do away with […]

Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk An interviewer for a radio station in Boston, winding up one of those Q&A’s to which journalists are subjected, asked, What would you do to resolve the North Korean “problem?” I answered, “I have no solution, no idea, no clue.” While that response might seem like an abject display […]

This is not Syria: Tens of millions could die in Korean War II

This is not Syria: Tens of millions could die in Korean War II

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk POHANG – An array of heavy-duty, sophisticated gear spread over the beaches here shows the incredible military might of the U.S. and South Korea. Far offshore, way beyond the horizon, the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson leads a “strike force” of warships. Watching the display of U.S. strength on the […]

Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk From the outset, the idea of implanting a Star Wars weapon capable of zapping an enemy missile 150 kilometers above the earth’s surface had to be controversial. The real problem from the South Korean viewpoint initially was, what for ― what we really need are short and mid-range missiles […]

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The prospect of Park Geun-Hye going to jail in the most sweeping political scandal in modern Korean history inspires invidious comparisons. Who, actually, was the most corrupt president since promulgation of the “democracy constitution” in 1987 at the height of demonstrations as massive as those we have witnessed in […]

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The sight of the American Stars and Stripes among the Taegukgi held high by loyalists to Park Geun-Hye is a reminder of the historical depth of ties among mostly aging Koreans to the country that rescued the South from annihilation by North Korea and China in the Korean War. […]

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dispensing pledges like a jolly Santa Claus pulling Christmas presents from his sled, arrives today (Friday) in Seoul from Tokyo and flies the following day to Beijing. After vowing undying U.S. support to Korea and Japan, he’ll assure China that THAAD presents no […]

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