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 […]

North Korea ‘experts’ agree on the certainty of uncertain outcomes

North Korea ‘experts’ agree on the certainty of uncertain outcomes

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com JEJU ― Ask an expert analyst how to deal with North Korea, and the responses range from getting tough to massaging gently. Nobody has the real answer ― though some people like to talk with absolute certainty ― and there’s no proof that anything’s going to work. The […]

Russia, China unite against U.S. THAAD despite North’s test

Russia, China unite against U.S. THAAD despite North’s test

Special to WorldTribune.com By EastAsiaIntel.com On April 29, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi issued a joint statement objecting to the contemplated deployment in South Korea of the U.S. Theater High Altitude Area Defense [THAAD] missile interceptor system. But what is unusual is that the joint Russian-Chinese objection to THAAD […]

The South Korean split over Gwangju revolt still festers, empowering the North

The South Korean split over Gwangju revolt still festers, empowering the North

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com GWANGJU ― The ghosts of the uprising of May 18, 1980, hover over this old but new city in a restive spirit that shows the disunity, the factional splits and the regional hatreds that persist in undermining the ability of South Korea to stand effectively against challenges from […]

Does China have more influence over South Korea than North Korea?

Does China have more influence over South Korea than North Korea?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com We keep hearing about all the influence the Chinese have over North Korea. If only they’d exert their power, maybe cut off or slow down the flow of oil that’s the lifeblood of the country, then the North Koreans would start talking seriously about giving up their nukes. […]

South Korea’s Park rains on Kim Jong Un’s coronation parade

South Korea’s Park rains on Kim Jong Un’s coronation parade

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Kim Jong-Un celebrates his “coronation” in Pyongyang Friday while forgetting about one unpleasant reality that deepens North Korea’s isolation in an already hostile world. He presides over North Korea’s biggest-ever party, the Seventh Workers’ Party Congress, while Iran, his longtime partner in nuclear crime, vastly improves its ties […]

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