‘Max Thunder’ exercise, Gadhafi spook N. Koreans: F-22 stealth jets capable of surgical strike

‘Max Thunder’ exercise, Gadhafi spook N. Koreans: F-22 stealth jets capable of surgical strike

by WorldTribune Staff, May 16, 2018 As U.S. F-22 stealth fighters joined the Max Thunder exercises in South Korea, North Korea announced  it was cancelling talks with the South and reconsidering the upcoming meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. North Korea claims the Max Thunder drill between the U.S. and South Korean air forces is […]

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk What is this disturbing nonsense we sometimes hear about a “Vietnam model” for permanent peace on the Korean peninsula? Whoever’s talking about that either has to be joking or is totally unaware of the tragedy that befell South Vietnam after the signing of the “Paris peace accords” that were […]

The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid startling twists, turns and tribulations, the United States is preparing for a once improbable Summit meeting with North Korea to defuse Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threat. Earlier in the year the “experts” and those who instinctively know better were predicting a probable […]

Both Koreas and the world want to know: What is Trump thinking?

Both Koreas and the world want to know: What is Trump thinking?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Forget about the U.S. pulling troops from Korea any time soon. It’s not going to happen, at least to judge by the denials from the White House and President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton. “Utter nonsense,” was all Bolton had to say about a report that Trump had […]

Feeling slighted: China asserts its role in ‘peace regime’ for the Korean peninsula

Feeling slighted: China asserts its role in ‘peace regime’ for the Korean peninsula

by WorldTribune Staff, May 2, 2018 China on May 2 vowed to play a role in the “peace regime” between North and South Korea that has been dominated by the U.S. administration of Donald Trump. Beijing reiterated its stance that the process calls for an end to U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises along with the […]

Real news in Korea always comes as a complete surprise

Real news in Korea always comes as a complete surprise

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Here’s a hard truth that’s certifiable by any rudimentary review of modern Korean history: the real news about Korea catches almost everyone by surprise. Who, for instance, would have predicted the outbreak of the Korean War nearly seven decades ago? Who knew, in the depths of South Korea’s economic […]

Report: Kim Jong-Un had several meetings with Pompeo, saw ‘eye-to-eye with him’

Report: Kim Jong-Un had several meetings with Pompeo, saw ‘eye-to-eye with him’

by WorldTribune Staff, April 24, 2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un complimented CIA Director Mike Pompeo for his “guts” during their recent meeting, a report said. Pompeo, whose nomination for secretary of state was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 23, had a secret meeting with Kim in Pyongyang over Easter weekend. […]

U.S. takes cautious approach to coming summit between two Koreas

U.S. takes cautious approach to coming summit between two Koreas

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The U.S. is pursuing a careful policy of appearing to support South Korea’s drive for reconciliation and dialogue with the North but holding out the option of refusing to go along with anything short of complete certainty that Kim Jong-Un is dismantling his nuclear program The carefully […]

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 […]