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‘Useless’: N. Korean satellite ‘tumbling in orbit,’ U.S. official says

rocket is launched into the air at the Sohae rocket launch site.  /Reuters/Kyodo

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea’s recently-launched satellite is “tumbling in orbit,” rendering it virtually “useless,” a U.S. official said. If the description is accurate, the satellite launched by Pyongyang on Feb. 7 would be incapable of functioning in any useful […]

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Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, in Manila.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com MANILA ― No city suffered more in World War II than this sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. No enemy was more cruel, more hostile, more destructive than the Japanese after […]

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Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Mohammad Bagher Nobakh.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran says it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of overseas assets that were unfrozen as a result of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman […]

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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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Writer calls for bright light, untainted by politics, on comfort women issue

Park Yu-Ha.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― Park Yu-Ha, under fire in Korea for writing “Comfort Women of the Empire,” offers what she believes may be a way to reach an understanding with Japan on the whole controversy. […]

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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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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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‘Comfort woman’ statues serve as permanent reminder of Japan’s past

Facing the Japanese embassyin Seoul, the inscriptionon the statue reads: "This peace monument reflects people's genuine desire to learn from history and remember the past on the occasion of the 1,000th weekly protest against Japan's atrocities by comfort woman forced into sexual slavery."

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com The Koreans are using art to upset the Japanese. That’s in the form of statues of innocent young girls ― reminders of the suffering of Korean and other Asian women in the service […]

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Media freedom on trial in Seoul

Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato of Sankei Shimbun newspaper upon his return to Tokyo on April 14, after facing charages of defaming the South Korean president. / Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com The zeal with which the Korean government pursued the case of Tatsuya Kato, charged with criminal libel, bears disturbing parallels to the records of other countries that prosecute critics. The charge of libel […]

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