U.S. steps up reconnaissance of North Korea after alerts pointing to action on Oct. 9 or 10

U.S. steps up reconnaissance of North Korea after alerts pointing to action on Oct. 9 or 10

by WorldTribune Staff, October 8, 2017 The United States has increased U-2 reconnaissance operations over the Korean peninsula after ominous warnings from North Korea watchers in several nations and a first-hand report from Pyongyang. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, revealed North Korea’s plans after he returned […]

North Korea’s new Internet provider: Russian firm replaces China Unicom as primary router

North Korea’s new Internet provider: Russian firm replaces China Unicom as primary router

by WorldTribune Staff, October 3, 2017 A new external Internet connection provided by Russia will give North Korea the capability to conduct more cyber attacks, an analyst said. North Korea’s Internet access is estimated to be somewhere between a few hundred and just over 1,000 route connections. Pyongyang’s web connections are vital for coordinating the […]

Saudi King heads to Russia to talk oil, Syria, Iran

Saudi King heads to Russia to talk oil, Syria, Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, October 5, 2017 In the first ever visit to Moscow by a reigning Saudi monarch, King Salman is expected to prioritize oil cooperation but will also discuss differences with Russia over Syria and Iran. The King, who arrives in Moscow on Oct. 5, will have several investment deals on his plate, including […]

‘Kill box’: Rebels say Russia, Syria don’t discriminate between combatants, civilians in Idlib airstrikes

‘Kill box’: Rebels say Russia, Syria don’t discriminate between combatants, civilians in Idlib airstrikes

by WorldTribune Staff, September 29, 2017 More than 150 civilians have been killed this week in airstrikes carried out by Russia and the Syrian regime in Idlib province. Despite the Russian Defense Ministry’s insistence that its warplanes do not target civilian areas, anti-Assad rebels and emergency workers in Idlib and neighboring Hama province say the […]

North Korean official handling U.S. affairs heads to Moscow

North Korean official handling U.S. affairs heads to Moscow

by WorldTribune Staff, September 25, 2017 As Russia looks to take on a larger role in the North Korean nuclear standoff, the North’s official in charge of U.S. affairs traveled to Moscow on Sept. 25. Choe Son-Hui, director-general of the North American department at the North Korean Foreign Ministry planned to hold talks with Oleg […]

‘Kim Fatty the Third’: Weaponizing ridicule at ‘losers’ touted as effective strategy

‘Kim Fatty the Third’: Weaponizing ridicule at ‘losers’ touted as effective strategy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Satire and ridicule “are effective, inexpensive instruments of psychological warfare,” J. Michael Waller, vice president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., wrote in the September-October edition of Army University Press. “They require few resources and little infrastructure,” he said. Kim Jong-Un, Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip […]

Man of the hour in the North Korea crisis: Vladimir Putin?

Man of the hour in the North Korea crisis: Vladimir Putin?

Special to WorldTribune.com Analysis by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin Sept. 6, 2017, began taking the initiative to control the “crisis” over North Korean strategic weapons, because Russia had more at stake in resolving the issue than perhaps any other nation-state. There was strong evidence that President Putin was working to […]

Guarding Comrade Kim: Hiring of Russian security consultants signals loss of faith in inner circle

Guarding Comrade Kim: Hiring of Russian security consultants signals loss of faith in inner circle

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct An increasingly paranoid Kim Jong-Un has hired about a dozen ex-Soviet KGB agents to stave off what the young dictator believes are constant U.S. plots to assassinate him. Apparently, Kim does not fully trust his personal bodyguards, who were plucked from “Office Number 6” of the Guard Command that protects […]

Putin reject appeal from South Korean leader to cut oil exports to the North

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against “driving North Korea into a corner” over its nuclear weapons program and missile tests. Putin spoke on September 6 after meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the Russian-hosted Eastern Economic Forum in the Pacific coastal […]