Why the South Korean president never mentions human rights in the North

Why the South Korean president never mentions human rights in the North

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It’s fine to talk to the North Koreans about their nukes and missiles. Go ahead and tell them they’re a threat to the world, the human race, to civilization. No problem. The North’s stock retort is they’re needed for self-defense against the Americans, who bombed our country indiscriminately in […]

All aboard for Pyongyang: Rail links from Busan to Europe would be world-changing

All aboard for Pyongyang: Rail links from Busan to Europe would be world-changing

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― Rail travel has a special fascination for me. My home in New Jersey was near the tracks of the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad, about 45 minutes from New York. I remember watching the trains roar by as a kid, counting the number of cars on the long freight […]

Major U.S. Navy exercise in the Atlantic targets unmentioned Pacific power

Major U.S. Navy exercise in the Atlantic targets unmentioned Pacific power

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk NORFOLK, Virginia — The U.S. Navy is conducting new large-scale exercises from its naval base here in a show of force with broad implications for the Pacific as well as the Atlantic. While the U.S. plays down its military operations in northeast Asia, warships from Naval Station Norfolk, the […]

U.S. has far more troops in Japan than Korea; Okinawa governor rejects new Marine air base

U.S. has far more troops in Japan than Korea; Okinawa governor rejects new Marine air base

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― We hear so much about North Korea’s secret bases that it’s sometimes easy to forget the ruckus over U.S. bases in the region. They may not be secret, but they can be controversial. Take, for instance, the huge U.S. air and marine bases on Okinawa. People over […]

Another North Korean invasion of the South? Not so unthinkable

Another North Korean invasion of the South? Not so unthinkable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Korean history over the past century has been so full of surprises that it’s risky to make serious predictions. The North Korean invasion of the South in June 1950, ordered by Kim dynasty founder Kim Il-Sung, was the worst, most tragic surprise of all. So traumatic was that blitzkrieg […]

U.S.-South Korean ties strained by North-South military agreement

U.S.-South Korean ties strained by North-South military agreement

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The U.S. and South Korea disagree markedly in their approach to North Korea and do not seem likely to patch up their differences any time soon. The differences emerged sharply as the U.S. defense secretary, Jim Mattis, prepared to meet Korea’s defense minister Jeong Kyong-Doo for talks […]

Defector: Plight of North Korean workers abroad has worsened during Kim’s reign of terror

Defector: Plight of North Korean workers abroad has worsened during Kim’s reign of terror

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON — North Korean exploitation of the workers whom it sends overseas reaps dividends for the regime while depriving workers of their basic rights. A prominent defector from North Korea, Roh Hui-Chang, decried the fate of North Korean workers, saying conditions had only worsened while leader Kim Jong-Un takes […]

Defector: Don’t forget the forgotten people when bargaining for Korean peace

Defector: Don’t forget the forgotten people when bargaining for Korean peace

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― How about Pope Francis inspiring millions of the faithful in North Korea as he did in South Korea four years ago? Can we picture highly organized throngs cheering him on the way in from Pyongyang’s sparkling new international airport, blessing one and all while host Kim Jong-Un […]

At UN, Trump failed to praise Seoul’s one-way concessions for ‘peace’

At UN, Trump failed to praise Seoul’s one-way concessions for ‘peace’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― The road to peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula is so full of potholes and pitfalls, twists and turns, that it’s impossible to imagine where and how the process will end. Take President Donald Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly a year after he was […]

Subterfuge in Pyongyang? Seoul’s disturbing concessions, Russia-China collusion

Subterfuge in Pyongyang? Seoul’s disturbing concessions, Russia-China collusion

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump faces a serious problem when he meets South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In Monday in New York. How can he go on promising concessions to North Korea when the State Department has already rejected North Korea’s demand for “corresponding measures” by the U.S. before […]

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