CIA director reportedly had secret meeting with Kim Jong-Un on Easter weekend

CIA director reportedly had secret meeting with Kim Jong-Un on Easter weekend

by WorldTribune Staff, April 18, 2018 CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong-Un during a secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend, a report said. Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, made the trip to discuss the planned Trump-Kim summit, The Washington Post reported on April […]

Pompeo rules out perks for North Korea before it ‘permanently, irreversibly’ denuclearizes

Pompeo rules out perks for North Korea before it ‘permanently, irreversibly’ denuclearizes

by WorldTribune Staff, April 13, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump will avoid the failures of his predecessors and refrain from offering North Korea any rewards before Kim Jong-Un “permanently, irreversibly” commits to denuclearization, Mike Pompeo said at his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of state on April 12. “It is the intention of […]

Report: U.S. think tank that monitors N. Korea loses funding from leftist government in Seoul

Report: U.S. think tank that monitors N. Korea loses funding from leftist government in Seoul

by WorldTribune Staff, April 9, 2018 South Korea’s liberal government has cut funding to a U.S.-based think tank which has provided significant intelligence on North Korea’s nuclear program, a report said. Jae H. Ku, the director of the U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, suggested that Seoul had a political […]

Is Seoul in the loop on reported secret U.S., N. Korea talks? Blue House isn’t saying

Is Seoul in the loop on reported secret U.S., N. Korea talks? Blue House isn’t saying

by WorldTribune Staff, April 8, 2018 South Korea said reports of a secret U.S.-North Korea dialogue prior to President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un would be a “good sign,” but Seoul stopped short of saying it was a party to, or even aware of, the talks. CNN reported on April 7 […]

Mixed responses in South Korea to sentencing of conservative former president

Mixed responses in South Korea to sentencing of conservative former president

by WorldTribune Staff, April 8, 2018 A panel of three judges at the Seoul Central District Court sentenced former President Park Geun-Hye to 24 years in prison and levied a $16-million fine. The judges on April 6 found Park, 66, guilty of a dozen charges ranging from bribery to coercion, abuse of power and the […]

Lovefest? North and South Korea hold ‘serious and thorough’ talks on upcoming summits

Lovefest? North and South Korea hold ‘serious and thorough’ talks on upcoming summits

by WorldTribune Staff, April 5, 2018 Delegations from South Korea and North Korea met at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on April 5 to talk about how best to hold upcoming talks. “The sides held serious and thorough discussions on ways to successfully hold the summit,” Kwun Hyuk-Ki, a spokesman for Seoul’s Cheong Wa Dae Blue […]

Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political choreography was classic. The staging was epic. But the outcome remains unpredictable. North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un and his entourage secretly rolled into Beijing on a special armored train later to be greeted and then feted by the Supreme Leader of the […]

Beijing assures Seoul it will end retaliation, provides guidance on upcoming talks with North

Beijing assures Seoul it will end retaliation, provides guidance on upcoming talks with North

by WorldTribune Staff, March 30, 2018 China will end economic retaliation against South Korea over Seoul’s deployment of the U.S.-made THAAD missile defense system, a top Chinese official said on March 30. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi gave the assurance on THAAD during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in Seoul, Yonhap reported. […]

China and North Korea, best friends forever?

China and North Korea, best friends forever?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk There is a certain inevitability about China’s need for North Korea and the North’s need for China. The two may intuitively hate one another, but they can hardly stay apart in the regional tug of war. It’s been that way ever since Chinese forces poured into North Korea to […]

Mystery train leaves Beijing on return to N. Korea; Seoul seeks answers

Mystery train leaves Beijing on return to N. Korea; Seoul seeks answers

by WorldTribune Staff, March 27, 2018 A South Korean government source said Seoul can’t yet rule out the possibility that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un secretly visited China via train ahead of upcoming talks with the presidents of South Korea and the United States. A special North Korean train carrying a high-ranking North Korean delegation […]

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