Smoke and mirrors: Kim wants world to witness destruction of already-obliterated test site

Smoke and mirrors: Kim wants world to witness destruction of already-obliterated test site

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It’s not enough that North Korea should abruptly cancel South-North talks on military tensions and another long-awaited round of reunions of fast-fading families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Now we’re not even sure Kim Jong-Un will go through with his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. It’s hard […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why the blind spot for China by the American intelligentsia?

Why the blind spot for China by the American intelligentsia?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk China remains the darling of western, particularly American, intellectuals and academicians even though under President Xi Jinping it’s reverting to the dictatorial habits of the era of Mao Zedung. The system is not only incredibly corrupt but also authoritarian. We hear constantly about suppression of free speech, of the […]

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 […]

Bolt out of the blue: Trump’s new national security adviser ruffles dovish feathers in Seoul

Bolt out of the blue: Trump’s new national security adviser ruffles dovish feathers in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The appointment of John Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser portends a tough U.S. policy toward the North even as South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In is planning to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un in late April and Trump is to see Kim in May. Conservatives in the U.S. […]

Media hatred may derail Trump-Kim summit; And does Kim Jong-Un dare leave home?

Media hatred may derail Trump-Kim summit; And does Kim Jong-Un dare leave home?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S. President Donald Trump is in such hot water in Washington that his summit with Kim Jong-Un, if it actually happens, will be either a distraction or a welcome relief from the pressure-cooker atmosphere at home. The only problem is, he may be so busy fending off the investigation […]