New talk of Asian ‘co-prosperity’ sphere, this time in Busan; But where was China?

New talk of Asian ‘co-prosperity’ sphere, this time in Busan; But where was China?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk BUSAN ― Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, had his hands in his pockets and a bored expression on his rugged face as President Moon Jae-In extolled high-tech Korean manufacturers on the big day of his summit with the leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries. Having sat or […]

Can Seoul and Tokyo cooperate? Yes, says U.S.; No, says Pyongyang

Can Seoul and Tokyo cooperate? Yes, says U.S.; No, says Pyongyang

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― Koreans have innumerable reasons to resent Japan’s sense of superiority and also every reason to get over it. Astonishingly, apologists for North Korea deride U.S. attempts at persuading South Korean and Japanese leaders to get along with each other. It’s as though they really think South Korea […]

North Korea dusts off its Mount Geumgang playbook

North Korea dusts off its Mount Geumgang playbook

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Editors’ Note: North Korea is demanding demolition by South Korea of the entire resort area at the base of Mount Geumgang (Diamond). The tourist facilities were built with investment, mostly from Hyundai, of more than $2 billion. South Korea closed tours from the South in 2008 after a South Korean woman […]

Memo to sophisticates in Seoul embarrassed by pro-U.S. demonstrations: Get over it

Memo to sophisticates in Seoul embarrassed by pro-U.S. demonstrations: Get over it

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Americans hardly know how to respond to all those American flags seen in central Seoul on Saturday afternoons and evenings. Initially, as Korean conservatives began flying the Stars and Stripes at conservative rallies after the impeachment, ouster and jailing of Park Geun-Hye in 2016 and 2017, Americans […]

Strategic ambiguity: Decoding Trump’s 30 words about North Korea at the UN

Strategic ambiguity: Decoding Trump’s 30 words about North Korea at the UN

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s thinking on a deal with North Korea is difficult to figure out. He’s less transparent, actually, than Kim Jong-Un. We know perfectly well that Kim is not about to give up his nuclear weapons program, including the missiles to send them to distant targets. […]

Waiting for 2020: With Bolton out, North Korean hopes and missiles soar

Waiting for 2020: With Bolton out, North Korean hopes and missiles soar

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― Kim Jong-Un must be happy now. What could have made him feel better than for his friend President Donald Trump to dump John Bolton as national security adviser? As Trump made clear, he and Bolton disagreed on many things, notably the Middle East, Iran and Afghanistan. Bolton’s […]

Seoul to Washington: Just shut up about intel-sharing agreement that impacts U.S. forces

Seoul to Washington: Just shut up about intel-sharing agreement that impacts U.S. forces

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — South Korea officially wants the U.S., officially, to stop complaining, officially, about the South Korea decision to pull out of GSOMIA, the General Security of Military Information Sharing Agreement with Japan under which these two U.S. allies shared vital intelligence info. That’s what South Korea’s first vice […]

Brave new Korea? Pyongyang bluntly rebuffs Seoul’s appeaser-in-chief

Brave new Korea? Pyongyang bluntly rebuffs Seoul’s appeaser-in-chief

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — South Korea President Moon Jae-In’s idea of a brave new world for Korea, North and South, dissipated in storm clouds soon after he presented his vision on Aug. 15, 74th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and the end of 35 years of Japanese rule. No sooner had […]

L-G-B-T-Q-say-what? Find out what it means . . . for the longterm survival of humanity

L-G-B-T-Q-say-what? Find out what it means . . . for the longterm survival of humanity

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — From Africa, through the Middle East, and on to Asia, the masses of much of the world have got to be amazed by the “sexual revolution” in the United States and where it’s leading American society. Homosexuality exists everywhere, in any culture or country, but the initials […]