On their minds in South Korea’s island paradise: Visions of peace … and returning Chinese tourists

On their minds in South Korea’s island paradise: Visions of peace … and returning Chinese tourists

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk GANGJEONG, Jeju: Upstaged by THAAD ― that’s the sad fate of the gaggle of dutiful protesters who pray and hold signs aloft and march in front of the main entrance to the gleaming new Republic of Korea naval base on the southern coast of this island paradise. They claim […]

‘Expert’ fixes for the North Korea crisis: Seriously?

‘Expert’ fixes for the North Korea crisis: Seriously?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― North Korea pops off another ICBM, and suddenly the U.S. media is full of talking heads offering views and solutions. They range from the extremes of annihilating North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities to, “Oh, just sign a peace treaty and everything will be okay.” It’s hard […]

Going rogue in Seoul: Leftists’ dream president suddenly hints South Korea should ‘go nuclear’

Going rogue in Seoul: Leftists’ dream president suddenly hints South Korea should ‘go nuclear’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The standoff on the Korean peninsula is entering a new phase. While President Moon Jae-In calls for talks with North Koreans, he is also honoring the U.S.-Korean alliance and insisting the North give up its nuclear program. Can Moon have it both ways? He’s besieged by protesters […]

Tillerson’s stealth diplomacy in Qatar, host to largest U.S. overseas air base

Tillerson’s stealth diplomacy in Qatar, host to largest U.S. overseas air base

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― We hear so often about tight U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia that we forget the Saudis kicked out the last U.S. troops in the early 2000’s. Seems they regarded the U.S. presence as an affront to Islam more than a decade after U.S. forces drove Saddam Hussein’s […]

U.S.-North Korea-China peace treaty? Bad idea

U.S.-North Korea-China peace treaty? Bad idea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The good news about President Moon Jae-In’s summitry with President Donald Trump this week is they’re talking as partners in the drive to end North Korea’s nuclear program and bring about inter-Korean reconciliation. A major barrier to cooperation, however, is loose talk about a peace treaty or […]

Exercise in terrorism: The likely cause of Otto Warmbier’s death

Exercise in terrorism: The likely cause of Otto Warmbier’s death

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The death of Otto Warmbier provides a powerful reminder of the torture and terrorism perpetrated by one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Americans are no doubt aware of the tyranny of the dynasty led by a man who revels in ordering the development of long-range missiles capable of […]

Peace? Or should the conference theme be ‘Long live the brutal Kim dynasty’?

Peace? Or should the conference theme be ‘Long live the brutal Kim dynasty’?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – Christine Ahn, a policy analyst with the Korea Peace Network, had what appeared to be good news as she opened a conference here with the portentous title, “Off Ramps to War: Paths to Building Peace with North Korea.” Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student accused of […]

Hangover after the honeymoon: Post-election euphoria fades for South Korea’s President Moon

Hangover after the honeymoon: Post-election euphoria fades for South Korea’s President Moon

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It’s tempting for punsters to play on the surname Moon. There’s “honeymoon,” of course, and “moonshine” – the latter for whiskey distilled in the mountains of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee by the light of the moon. How long, then, will the honeymoon last for President Moon Jae-In while North […]

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 […]