Oil for N. Korea: China much angrier at THAAD than Pyongyang’s nukes

Oil for N. Korea: China much angrier at THAAD than Pyongyang’s nukes

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Moon Jae-In has to be a master of the art of compromise. He was all for the latest watered-down UN sanctions that cut down but don’t cut off the flow of oil from China and Russia to North Korea. The U.S. would far prefer to see all the […]

Trump’s North Korea strategy: Peace through (allies’) strength

Trump’s North Korea strategy: Peace through (allies’) strength

Analysis by WorldTribune Staff, September 12, 2017 Since the mid-Twentieth Century, it has fallen to the United States of America to deal with apocalyptic and devastating crises around the world including the World Wars and the Cold War. The emergence on the world stage in 2017 of North Korea — a belligerent communist rogue state […]

China exercise near Korea preps defense against ‘surprise attack’

China exercise near Korea preps defense against ‘surprise attack’

by WorldTribune Staff, September 7, 2017 China’s air force on Sept. 5 carried out exercises to simulate its defense capabilities in case of a “surprise attack” coming over the sea, Chinese media reported. An anti-aircraft defense battalion held the exercises near the Bohai Sea, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea that separates China from […]

China answers new North Korean missile launch with … massive military parade?

China answers new North Korean missile launch with … massive military parade?

by WorldTribune Staff, July 30, 2017 Just hours after being warned by U.S. President Donald Trump over its continued inaction on North Korea, China on July 30 launched a massive military parade that included nuclear-ready H-6K bombers flying overhead and the display of a new nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. The parade came after a show of […]

North Korea stages largest live-fire artillery exercise

North Korea stages largest live-fire artillery exercise

by WorldTribune Staff, April 26, 2017 Kim Jong-Un looked on as more than 300 large-caliber artillery pieces engaged in North Korea’s “largest ever” live-fire drills on April 25. The massive artillery drill saw rockets fired at mock enemy warships as hundreds of tanks lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in what reports […]

Tillerson in Seoul: U.S. has lost ‘strategic patience’ with Pyongyang

Tillerson in Seoul: U.S. has lost ‘strategic patience’ with Pyongyang

by WorldTribune Staff, March 17, 2017 “All options are on the table” in dealing with North Korea’s continued provocations, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a visit to South Korea on March 17. “Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, […]

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 […]

Hillary Clinton threatened to ‘ring China with missile defense’ if N. Korea nuclear program not stopped

Hillary Clinton threatened to ‘ring China with missile defense’ if N. Korea nuclear program not stopped

by WorldTribune Staff, October 14, 2016 Hillary Clinton warned that if Beijing didn’t “control” North Korea the U.S. would “ring China with missile defense.” The Chinese military was “the biggest supporters of a provocative North Korea. So China, come on. You either control them or we’re going to have to defend against them,” the former […]

Surge in North Korean rocket tests strains limits of Japan’s missile defenses

by WorldTribune Staff, October 4, 2016 North Korea’s ballistic missile technology is progressing at a pace that could pose a major problem for Japan’s missile defense capabilities, Japanese military sources say. The Kim Jong-Un regime in Pyongyang has test fired 21 ballistic missiles since the start of the year, leaving Tokyo unsure it could fend […]

North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests risk getting boring. The pattern is familiar: expressions of outrage, loud condemnation ― then nothing. Has the latest one-two punch of nuclear test and rocket launch changed a thing? The easy answer is not really ― but think again. The lines […]