Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk North Korea is truly a schizophrenic state. All in a day we hear about the need for generous foreign donors to come to the rescue of thousands of victims of flooding in the Onsong district in the hard-scrabble northeast where life is tough in the best of times. Then, in […]

East Asia on edge: Fifth North Korean test raises specter of nuclear missile terrorism

East Asia on edge: Fifth North Korean test raises specter of nuclear missile terrorism

by WorldTribune Staff, September 9, 2016 North Korea announced its fifth nuclear weapons test only hours after South Korea noted unusual seismic activity near the North’s northeastern nuclear test site. Four of the five tests have taken place during the Barack Obama administration and the first under the George W. Bush administration. The U.S. policy […]

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk You have to credit the North Koreans with chutzpah ― the Yiddish word for “nerve,” brazen arrogance or insolence, all in untranslatable exclamation. The leaders of the world’s 20 strongest, most powerful nations were gathered in a solemn conclave in China, and in Pyongyang North Korea’s Supreme Leader did […]

North Korea marks G20 summit by firing three missiles toward Japan

North Korea marks G20 summit by firing three missiles toward Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2016 North Korea decided to make its mark on the G20 Summit by firing three medium-range missiles into Japan’s air defense identification zone on Sept. 5. Pyongyang’s move led to a rare face-t0-face meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, who met on the […]

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Time slowly erases the traces of those held in North Korea. The longer they’re there, the easier it is to forget them. Their families, reluctant to invest more psychic energy on those for whom they know the North Koreans have no mercy, give up the quest. As individuals move […]

Where does bankrupt North Korea get the cash for those skyscrapers and missiles?

Where does bankrupt North Korea get the cash for those skyscrapers and missiles?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S.-China relations are at their worst in years, and North and South Korean are not getting along either. In fact, relations between those two are at such a low ebb that two-way trade, once about several hundred million dollars a year, has almost ceased. Curiously, however, North Korean coal […]

Twilight zone: S. Korea missiles up against constant threats from the land of make believe

Twilight zone: S. Korea missiles up against constant threats from the land of make believe

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The prospect of a missile war between North and South Korea poses a threat to regional stability that previously seemed unimaginable. Images of North and South Korean gunners firing ballistic missiles at one another from redoubts far north and south of the demilitarized zone are edging closer to reality […]

‘Highest-level defection’: N. Korean diplomat who disappeared in London surfaces in S. Korea

‘Highest-level defection’: N. Korean diplomat who disappeared in London surfaces in S. Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, August 17, 2016 A North Korean diplomat based in London has defected to South Korea. Thae Yong-Ho, who fled the London embassy with his family, is the highest-ranking diplomat ever to defect from North Korea to the democratic South, officials in Seoul said on Aug. 17. Thae, who lived in the UK […]

Report: Key U.S. allies seek to block Obama’s transformation of nuclear doctrine

Report: Key U.S. allies seek to block Obama’s transformation of nuclear doctrine

by WorldTribune Staff, August 15, 2016 America’s major allies are calling on President Barack Obama not to change U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Japan, South Korea, France and the UK have all signaled their opposition to Obama’s planned “no first use” policy for the United States. Obama’s “last-minute drive for a foreign-policy legacy is making U.S. […]

If MacArthur had prevailed over Truman: ‘No North Korea today, no nuclear threat … ‘

If MacArthur had prevailed over Truman: ‘No North Korea today, no nuclear threat … ‘

Special to WorldTribune.com Robert Morton WASHINGTON — If there was ever a moment when America needed a book about Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “this is definitely the time,”Hudson Institute Fellow Arthur Herman said yesterday. The author of “Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior” was at pains to explain why the towering American military legend continues to be so […]

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