North Korean actions speak loudly as world leaders say little

North Korean actions speak loudly as world leaders say little

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As a North Korean medium range Pukguksong missile arched across the sky landing menacingly in the Sea of Japan, the intended political target of the nuclear capable rocket was the visit of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. The rash gambit by […]

Tillerson: U.S. will back Japan, South Korea with ‘full range’ of nuclear, conventional capabilities

Tillerson: U.S. will back Japan, South Korea with ‘full range’ of nuclear, conventional capabilities

by WorldTribune Staff, February 17, 2017 In the wake of North Korea’s latest test of a nuclear-capable missile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Feb. 16 vowed that Washington would defend Japan and South Korea with its full arsenal, including nuclear weapons. “The United States remains steadfast in its defense commitments to its allies, […]

First foreign trip by Mattis signaled urgency of simmering crisis in Northeast Asia

First foreign trip by Mattis signaled urgency of simmering crisis in Northeast Asia

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct James Mattis chose Seoul and Tokyo as his first ever overseas visits days after he was sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of Defense. He arrived in Seoul on Feb. 2 for a two-day visit and went on to Tokyo afterwards and held meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

Showdown: Historically, trade wars lead to real wars

Showdown: Historically, trade wars lead to real wars

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump’s most fearsome offensive on the world stage has nothing to do with immigration reform, or building that wall all along the U.S. border with Mexico, or defense or treaty alliances or the North Korean nuke-and-missile threat. It’s all about U.S. trade relations with the rest of […]

South Korea, Japan balk at admitting Syrian refugees

South Korea, Japan balk at admitting Syrian refugees

by WorldTribune Staff, February 2, 2017 South Korea and Japan have been reluctant to take in refugees from Syria. The United States admitted more than 10,000 Syrian refugees on former President Barack Obama’s watch. Since 1994, 1,144 Syrians have requested asylum in South Korea, but refugee status has been granted to only three, government figures […]

Mattis, on first official visit in Seoul, delivers blunt warning to Pyongyang

Mattis, on first official visit in Seoul, delivers blunt warning to Pyongyang

by WorldTribune Staff, February 3, 2017 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Friday that any North Korean use of nuclear weapons on the United States or its allies would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response. Mattis issued the statement during an appearance with his South Korean counterpart, Defense Minister Han Min Koo. “North […]

Beijing exploits Seoul crisis in bid to shatter anti-China alliance

Beijing exploits Seoul crisis in bid to shatter anti-China alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com China is seizing upon new gaps in the powerful pro-U.S. alliances in northeast Asia in the early days of the Trump administration. Meanwhile, South Korea’s ambassador to the U.S., top envoy to China and mission chiefs to Russia, Japan and the UN were summoned to take part in an unprecedented […]

Renewed friction between Seoul and Tokyo rubs Pyongyang the right way

Renewed friction between Seoul and Tokyo rubs Pyongyang the right way

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com The widening rift between South Korea and Japan is dangerous for the U.S. allies and is being cheered by a North Korean regime that has long been adept at exploiting differences between the East Asia allies. While Pyongyang media revels in the fate of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, […]

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the UN’s barometer of international economic trends. The current survey states that while the world economy grew by a a modest 2.2 […]

Trump’s opening chess move puts northeast Asia on notice

Trump’s opening chess move puts northeast Asia on notice

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump has now made his first substantive move in foreign policy with broad repercussions for Northeast Asia, including both Korea and Japan. The consequences may be far-reaching. By signing an executive order formally withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trump has signaled that he may actually carry […]

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