On the road with Trump, press corps synchs up on erroneous reports

On the road with Trump, press corps synchs up on erroneous reports

by WorldTribune Staff, November 8, 2017 Oh, the stories they tell. On the morning of Nov. 6, the Mainstream Media on the road in Japan with U.S. President Donald Trump was slamming the president for what they said was a major faux paus in the way he fed goldfish. Trump dumped a box of food […]

Trump asks why ‘country of samurai warriors’ did not down missiles’ that overflew Japan

Trump asks why ‘country of samurai warriors’ did not down missiles’ that overflew Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, November 5, 2017 Japan should have taken the initiative and shot down North Korean missiles that flew over Japanese territory in two separate tests, U.S. President Donald Trump said. Japan’s military has been limited by a “peace constitution” under U.S. guidance since World War II, and its armed forces are called the […]

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 […]

Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political optics could not have been more contrasting as China selected its leader and Japan elected its Prime Minister. In a grandiose and stunning setting, draped in the trappings of crimson and gold, 2,300 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grandees predictably anointed Xi Jinping as […]

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 […]

Curtains for pacifist Japan? Abe, conservatives win big as N. Korea threat looms

Curtains for pacifist Japan? Abe, conservatives win big as N. Korea threat looms

by WorldTribune Staff, October 22, 2017 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rolled to a landslide victory in Japan’s election on Oct. 22. The conservative coalition was on track to win 311 seats in the 465-seat House of Representatives on the National Diet, according to a projection published by private […]

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 […]

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 […]

New, longest North Korea missile launch overflies Japan, puts Guam in range

New, longest North Korea missile launch overflies Japan, puts Guam in range

by WorldTribune Staff, September 15, 2017 For the second time in less than a month, North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile that flew over Japan. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference that the missile was launched on Sept. 15 at around 6:57 a.m. and went down at around 7:16 a.m. […]

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 […]

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