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Conflicting U.S. views on conflict resolution with N. Korea: What if there is no solution?

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg in Beijing after a 2014 visit to North Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to Korea as the country was making the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, did not take kindly to my column [A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of […]

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A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg in Beijing after a 2014 visit to North Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Donald Gregg, former U.S. ambassador to Korea, makes an astounding statement in a piece published after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test. Striking “a very positive note,” he praises “the performance of Kim Jong-Un […]

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un starts 2016 with a bang

NK nuclear test

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Not one week into the New Year, the North Koreans jolted global concerns as well as the Richter scale with a nuclear weapons test. While the underground blast shook the […]

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Analyst: N. Korea saw Iran ‘gaming the system’, energized by Obama inaction after missile tests

South Koreans watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Jan. 1.

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea conducted another nuclear test after recognizing how Iran was “gaming the system” in the nuclear deal pushed by U.S. President Barack Obama, an analyst said. The Kim Jong-Un regime is continuing a tradition of information- […]

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Stephen Bosworth, ‘consummate diplomat’ brought his values to the table

Stephen Bosworth, U.S. diplomat.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com American ambassadors to South Korea pursue a fine line between defense of the U.S.-Korean alliance and pursuit of North-South reconciliation. If they seem hell-bent on military goals, they’re accused of trying to push […]

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Top aide to Kim Jong-Un killed in another Pyongyang car crash, a city with few cars

Kim Jong-Un, left, and Kim Yang-Gon.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com The mysterious death of a top aide to Kim Jong-Un has all the markings of another purge by the young leader, analysts say. Kim Yang-Gon, secretary of the Workers’ Party and Kim Jong-Un’s point man on South […]

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UN’s Ban reflects on year of ‘horror’ in ‘Afro/Mid-East centric’ crisis zone, sets $20 billion for humanitarian relief

Macedonia, Gevgelija, 26 August 2015
Migrants cross the Greek border into FYR of Macedonia, on their way to seek a new life in Europe. Thousands of people cross the border each day seeking refuge from conflict and insecurity in countries like Syria. The Red Cross is providing food, water and medical care at the border.

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling 2015 a year which has brought “both breakthrough and horror,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented a global report card of sorts on a “pivotal year” in which the […]

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‘Ghost ships’ off Japan likely from North Korea

Ghost ship found in Japanese waters.

Special to WorldTribune.com More than a dozen primitive wooden “ghost ships” found drifting in Japanese waters are probably North Korean fishing vessels, officials said. The Japanese coast guard found four badly decomposed bodies on a vessel discovered on Dec. 6. […]

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Kim Jong-Un sends his girl band to warm relations with China

North Korea's Moranbong band.

Special to WorldTribune.com China-North Korea relations, once described by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army to be “as close as lips to teeth,” has been strained recently as Beijing moves closer to South Korea while Kim Jong-Un is said to largely […]

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Cash-strapped N. Korea seen trading weapons for Iran oil

Iranian oil tanker.

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea, hard up for cash, may have found a new way to pay for oil from its old ally Iran. North Korea is likely to “barter weapons for oil,” as international sanctions on Iran are lifted, […]

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