Going rogue in Seoul: Leftists’ dream president suddenly hints South Korea should ‘go nuclear’

Going rogue in Seoul: Leftists’ dream president suddenly hints South Korea should ‘go nuclear’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The standoff on the Korean peninsula is entering a new phase. While President Moon Jae-In calls for talks with North Koreans, he is also honoring the U.S.-Korean alliance and insisting the North give up its nuclear program. Can Moon have it both ways? He’s besieged by protesters […]

S. Korea proposes direct talks with North as U.S. prepares new sanctions

S. Korea proposes direct talks with North as U.S. prepares new sanctions

by WorldTribune Staff, July 17, 2017 The government of South Korean President Moon Jae-In has made its first formal overture to North Korea, proposing direct military talks between Seoul and Pyongyang. South Korea’s Defense Ministry proposed talks between representatives of the two countries’ militaries that would be held on July 21 at Tongil-gak on the […]

Pyongyang poker: North Korea’s Marxist dynasty is still at the table

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — We have seen this movie before and it never ends well. An arrogant and boastful dictator snubs the world and threatens his neighbors. The international community frets in rightful indignation but does little to respond. As tensions rise, the world appears hostage to a bully. […]

Heartburn in Pyongyang as ‘puppet’ from Seoul visits White House

Heartburn in Pyongyang as ‘puppet’ from Seoul visits White House

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – Pro-Northers have got to be more than a little disappointed by the recent summit between the presidents of the Republic of Korea and the United States. Judging from all the blather they were emitting before the summit, the pro-North crowd would have far rather seen President Moon […]

Talk, talk, launch: S. Korea’s Moon huddled with Obama three days after meeting Trump

Talk, talk, launch: S. Korea’s Moon huddled with Obama three days after meeting Trump

by WorldTribune Staff, July 4, 2017 North Korea celebrated America’s Independence Day with the morning launch of what it announced was its first ICBM. Meanwhile, just a short cruise missile flight south of the DMZ, former President Barack Obama debriefed South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In on Moon’s meetings three days earlier at the White […]

Military option in the works for North Korea as Trump meets South’s leftist leader

Military option in the works for North Korea as Trump meets South’s leftist leader

by WorldTribune Staff, June 29, 2017 The United States is preparing military options to deal with North Korea, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said. “The threat is much more immediate now and so it’s clear that we can’t repeat the same approach – failed approach of the past,” H.R. McMaster said on June 28 […]

U.S.-North Korea-China peace treaty? Bad idea

U.S.-North Korea-China peace treaty? Bad idea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The good news about President Moon Jae-In’s summitry with President Donald Trump this week is they’re talking as partners in the drive to end North Korea’s nuclear program and bring about inter-Korean reconciliation. A major barrier to cooperation, however, is loose talk about a peace treaty or […]

Seoul’s new leftist government sets reform of intelligence agencies

Seoul’s new leftist government sets reform of intelligence agencies

by WorldTribune Staff, June 19, 2017 The administration of liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-In has moved to reform the country’s intelligence agencies, which the president during his campaign accused of illegal meddling in domestic politics. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) committee set up two task forces which will be assigned to overhauling the South’s […]

Second N. Korean defector in a week used plastic foam to swim down Han River

Second N. Korean defector in a week used plastic foam to swim down Han River

by WorldTribune Staff, June 18, 2017 A man who attached plastic foam pieces to his shoulders and swam down the Han River is the second North Korea to defect in the last week, South Korea’s military said. The North Korea man, in his 20s, was spotted around 2:30 a.m. on June 18 at the northern […]

Peace? Or should the conference theme be ‘Long live the brutal Kim dynasty’?

Peace? Or should the conference theme be ‘Long live the brutal Kim dynasty’?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – Christine Ahn, a policy analyst with the Korea Peace Network, had what appeared to be good news as she opened a conference here with the portentous title, “Off Ramps to War: Paths to Building Peace with North Korea.” Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student accused of […]

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