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 […]

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, […]

Fog, policy divide prevented a shoulder-to-shoulder stand at DMZ

Fog, policy divide prevented a shoulder-to-shoulder stand at DMZ

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk At least Donald Trump gave it a shot. He really wanted to make it up to Panmunjom but was turned back by the weather. For most visitors, the fog that hung over the line between North and South Korea would not have been too much for a beautiful U.S. […]

Trump in Asia will find ‘daylight’ between U.S. and South Korea policies for Pyongyang

Trump in Asia will find ‘daylight’ between U.S. and South Korea policies for Pyongyang

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump faces obstacles when he gets to Seoul next week that have nothing to do with unruly mobs trying to shout loudly enough over mega-loudspeakers for him to hear them across rows of policemen in body armor. No doubt Trump’s handlers will come up with the proper […]

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” ― the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly ― portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast Asia. Yes, Abe would dearly like to revise Japan’s post-war […]

The Seoul Air Show, an exercise by U.S. ‘decapitation’ team and daydreams of a Trump-Kim sit-down at the DMZ

The Seoul Air Show, an exercise by U.S. ‘decapitation’ team and daydreams of a Trump-Kim sit-down at the DMZ

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The line-up of warplanes on display beside the runway at Seoul Air Base has got to be intimidating. The sight of the latest American F35s and F22s along with all those South Korean fighters may frighten anyone contemplating war on the Korean Peninsula. They’re parked near spacious exhibition halls […]

Running with the nuclear football: Is acting crazy the best way to deal with Kim Jong-Un?

Running with the nuclear football: Is acting crazy the best way to deal with Kim Jong-Un?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Donald Trump at times engages in such flights of rhetorical fancy that a lot of people think he’s crazy or anyway unpredictable. How can you be sure of a president who talks about destroying North Korea, who holds out “the military option” ― but professes to want to avoid […]

South Korea’s pro-North Left can’t believe the leader they backed appears to collude with Trump

South Korea’s pro-North Left can’t believe the leader they backed appears to collude with Trump

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL —South Korea’s outspoken radicals and leftists can hardly hide their dismay. To the consternation of organizers of the candlelight crusade that brought down the government of the conservative Park Geun-Hye, ousted and jailed on a wide range of offenses, their one-time hero, Moon Jae-In, elected president as Park’s […]

North Korea’s 200th declaration of war has a new wrinkle

North Korea’s 200th declaration of war has a new wrinkle

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk North Korea has been crying wolf so often it’s hard to get too excited by the “declaration of war” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho made in New York this week. Did not the North Koreans declare war after the release of the film “The Interview” three years ago […]

Playing defense: Who are Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump kidding with their war of words?

Playing defense: Who are Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump kidding with their war of words?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It wasn’t exactly a declaration of war, but it did come close. What else to make of President Trump’s remark that the U.S. might “totally destroy North Korea”? It was one thing to belittle Kim Jong-Un as “rocket man” but quite another to threaten annihilation of a country torn […]

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