Quake was a disaster, but it canceled South Korea’s ‘examination hell’ which was even worse

Quake was a disaster, but it canceled South Korea’s ‘examination hell’ which was even worse

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The aftershock of the great Pohang earthquake in South Korea has been dramatic, intense, and controversial. That’s a reference to the abrupt cancellation of the greatest event in the lives of thousands of Korean high school students, namely the examination that all of them have to take, […]

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Donald’s Trump’s whirlwind trip to East Asia was fraught with both promise and peril; the promise of expanding commercial alliances and reinforcing military alliances, and the peril of confronting North Korea’s ominous nuclear threat. In Seoul, South Korea’s bustling and free capital, the […]

Unarmed N. Korean soldier hit by 5 of 40 shots fired into S. Korean territory at DMZ

Unarmed N. Korean soldier hit by 5 of 40 shots fired into S. Korean territory at DMZ

by WorldTribune Staff, November 14, 2017 A North Korean soldier on Nov. 13 managed to flee across the DMZ to South Korea amid a barrage of bullets fired by his former comrades, five of which hit him before he collapsed in leaves that had accumulated on the ground south of the military demarcation line (MDL). […]

Tough border: Human traffic at the Korean DMZ is hazardous in both directions

Tough border: Human traffic at the Korean DMZ is hazardous in both directions

by WorldTribune Staff, November 13, 2017 In whichever direction they are heading, those who try to cross the heavily-armed border dividing North and South Korea are tempting fate. On Nov. 13, North Korean troops shot one of their fellow soldiers when he fled the “worker’s paradise” in pursuit of happiness in South Korea. South Korean […]

In blow to U.S. alliance, South Korea’s foreign minister assures China on THAAD, Japan ties

In blow to U.S. alliance, South Korea’s foreign minister assures China on THAAD, Japan ties

by WorldTribune Staff, November 10, 2017 South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha, in a bow to China, has said Seoul will not seek any more deployments of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system. Kang also assured that the South will not join the U.S. missile defense networks nor seek a trilateral alliance involving Japan, Yonhap […]

Fog, policy divide prevented a shoulder-to-shoulder stand at DMZ

Fog, policy divide prevented a shoulder-to-shoulder stand at DMZ

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk At least Donald Trump gave it a shot. He really wanted to make it up to Panmunjom but was turned back by the weather. For most visitors, the fog that hung over the line between North and South Korea would not have been too much for a beautiful U.S. […]

Trump turns down ‘fancy lunch’ with S. Korean president, eats with the troops

Trump turns down ‘fancy lunch’ with S. Korean president, eats with the troops

by WorldTribune Staff, November 8, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump on Nov. 7 turned down an invitation for lunch at a top-notch South Korean restaurant with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, and instead chose “Taco Tuesday” with Moon and a group of soldiers. “I had a choice of having a beautiful, very fancy lunch and […]

Trump comes to Seoul locked and loaded and then changes his tone: ‘Let’s make a deal’

Trump comes to Seoul locked and loaded and then changes his tone: ‘Let’s make a deal’

by WorldTribune Staff, November 7, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump comes to Seoul with three U.S. aircraft carrier groups near the Korean peninsula and on an Asian tour meant to fortify East Asian alliances against threatening behavior by North Korea and China. On Nov. 7, Trump changed gears and struck a less aggressive tone on […]

Trump in Asia will find ‘daylight’ between U.S. and South Korea policies for Pyongyang

Trump in Asia will find ‘daylight’ between U.S. and South Korea policies for Pyongyang

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump faces obstacles when he gets to Seoul next week that have nothing to do with unruly mobs trying to shout loudly enough over mega-loudspeakers for him to hear them across rows of policemen in body armor. No doubt Trump’s handlers will come up with the proper […]

Mattis at the DMZ highlights difference between 2 Koreas: ‘Our goal is not war’

Mattis at the DMZ highlights difference between 2 Koreas: ‘Our goal is not war’

by WorldTribune Staff, October 27, 2017 Standing at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) just meters away from North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Oct. 27 said the United States seeks the “irreversible denuclearization” of North Korea, but “not war.” “As Secretary of State Tillerson has made clear, our goal is not war but rather […]

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