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 […]

Oil for N. Korea: China much angrier at THAAD than Pyongyang’s nukes

Oil for N. Korea: China much angrier at THAAD than Pyongyang’s nukes

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Moon Jae-In has to be a master of the art of compromise. He was all for the latest watered-down UN sanctions that cut down but don’t cut off the flow of oil from China and Russia to North Korea. The U.S. would far prefer to see all the […]

Pax Koreana? In their dreams

Pax Koreana? In their dreams

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Donald Trump doesn’t get it. He warns South Korea about “appeasement,” but who’s appeasing whom? Yes, President Moon Jae-In, hero of the candlelight protests that lofted him as the liberal darling into the presidency after the ouster of the conservative Park Geun-Hye, would love to go down in history […]

Korean sovereignty: When ‘peace’ advocates say the ‘people’ they don’t mean South Koreans

Korean sovereignty: When ‘peace’ advocates say the ‘people’ they don’t mean South Koreans

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk One demand you don’t hear South Korean leaders making whenever North Korea pops off another missile is, “Oh, let’s sign a peace treaty, and everything will be okay.” That’s partly because, if there’s one party with whom North Korean strategists don’t want to include in any such treaty, it’s […]

Information war! Here’s how to bring the brutal North Korean regime to its knees

Information war! Here’s how to bring the brutal North Korean regime to its knees

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Donald Trump’s notion of “fire and fury” for North Korea inspires cheers, fears and jeers. Is he threatening the biblical “fire and brimstone,” or does his rhetoric more closely resemble Shakespeare’s “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”? Yes, there are those who think […]

Dreaming: What if Kim Jong-Un wanted to prove he is human? Here’s how

Dreaming: What if Kim Jong-Un wanted to prove he is human? Here’s how

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Small gestures would be so helpful in bringing about reconciliation with North Korea. Take, for instance, the cases of the three U.S. citizens still held in the North. They are all Korean-Americans, two of them former teachers at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the other a businessman […]