U.S. carrier confronts two sets of fast boats in Strait of Hormuz

U.S. carrier confronts two sets of fast boats in Strait of Hormuz

by WorldTribune Staff, March 23, 2017 A U.S. aircraft carrier on March 21 deployed helicopter gunships to track two sets of Iranian fast-attack vessels during a confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy said. Navy commanders told Reuters the USS George H.W. Bush confronted the Iranian boats after they approached a U.S.-led, five-vessel […]

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The sight of the American Stars and Stripes among the Taegukgi held high by loyalists to Park Geun-Hye is a reminder of the historical depth of ties among mostly aging Koreans to the country that rescued the South from annihilation by North Korea and China in the Korean War. […]

Poised for war: Tensions mount North and South of Korea’s DMZ

Poised for war: Tensions mount North and South of Korea’s DMZ

by WorldTribune Staff, March 22, 2017 A massive U.S. show of force and South Korea’s deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in response to a perpetually belligerent North Korea are raising tensions – and preparations for war – on the Korean Peninsula. The arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group is reportedly part […]

Korea is back in the eye of a perfect storm

Korea is back in the eye of a perfect storm

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Thunder clouds are swirling over the Korean peninsula as a perfect storm of political instability and regional geopolitical challenges rumble through South Korea. North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, as well as Chinese bullying, have thrust the region into a dangerous cycle which could affect […]

Han chauvinism explains China’s fury at South Korea over deployment of U.S. anti-missile system

Han chauvinism explains China’s fury at South Korea over deployment of U.S. anti-missile system

Special to WorldTribune.com by Miles Maochun Yu, Hoover Institution China is mad — really mad — at South Korea. Well-known Chinese defense and military figures are advocating direct military strikes against South Korea; state-controlled media are fanning anti-Seoul hysteria; mobs across the country are smashing South Korean-made goods and merchandise; K-pop concerts and other South […]

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dispensing pledges like a jolly Santa Claus pulling Christmas presents from his sled, arrives today (Friday) in Seoul from Tokyo and flies the following day to Beijing. After vowing undying U.S. support to Korea and Japan, he’ll assure China that THAAD presents no […]

Korea watch: U.S. sends 2 carrier groups and B-1Bs, expedites THAAD deployment

Korea watch: U.S. sends 2 carrier groups and B-1Bs, expedites THAAD deployment

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Starting March 1, more than 320,000 military personnel from the United States and South Korea have been conducting the largest military exercise in recent memory. The drill, which will last 2 months ending on April 30, takes place at a time of extreme danger and uncertainty. North Korea has revved […]

America first? Setting the stage for Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit with Donald Trump

America first? Setting the stage for Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit with Donald Trump

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs People’s Republic of China (PRC) President Xi Jinping will make an official visit to Washington, DC, perhaps as soon as April 2017, and it is being planned as a “muscular” demonstration of Beijing’s status, overshadowing all other Asian influences. The PRC team believes […]

U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six in South Korea for drill simulating ‘removal’ of Kim Jong-Un

U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six in South Korea for drill simulating ‘removal’ of Kim Jong-Un

by WorldTribune Staff, March 14, 2017 The U.S. Navy is sending the elite SEAL Team Six to South Korea to take part in a drill that will “practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in case of conflict,” officials said on March 13. Seoul’s Defense Ministry confirmed that SEAL Team Six will take part in an exercise […]

U.S. envoy warns any ISIS militants left in Mosul will ‘die’

U.S. envoy warns any ISIS militants left in Mosul will ‘die’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in Mosul says any militants left in the Iraqi city will die. Brett McGurk made the remarks on March 12 as Iraqi forces recaptured a third of western Mosul and cut off the last road […]

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