South Korean conservatives charge prosecutorial abuse in death of former security chief

South Korean conservatives charge prosecutorial abuse in death of former security chief

by WorldTribune Staff, December 16, 2018 Following the Dec. 7 suicide of former Defense Security Command (DSC) chief Lt. Gen. Lee Jae-Su, conservatives in South Korea are calling on the liberal Moon Jae-In government to cease what they say is a “witch hunt” targeting political figures from the previous government. Lee was found dead in […]

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 […]

Pro-North Korea groups ‘popping up like mushrooms’ in South, prompting conservative backlash

Pro-North Korea groups ‘popping up like mushrooms’ in South, prompting conservative backlash

by WorldTribune Staff, December 7, 2018 More than a dozen groups have been formed in South Korea to welcome North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in advance of his anticipated visit to Seoul. Kim Soo-Geun, who founded a youth group called “Welcome Committee for a Great Man”, is seeking to run a subway advertisement to welcome […]

Who is Im Jong-Seok? Former pro-Pyongyang activist runs ‘Blue House’ in Seoul

Who is Im Jong-Seok? Former pro-Pyongyang activist runs ‘Blue House’ in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct A pro-North Korea activist who was once imprisoned for his role in sending a South Korean student on an unauthorized visit to the North now has what some see as the top job in the once anti-communist government in Seoul. Im Jong-Seok, 51, a prominent former student democracy activist, is […]

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 […]

South Korea soldier shot and killed in DMZ after dismantling of guard posts

South Korea soldier shot and killed in DMZ after dismantling of guard posts

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct A South Korean army soldier, with the surname Kim, was shot and killed by an unknown gunman at a forward deployed sentry post on Nov. 16. The bullet hit the enlisted ROK soldier in the head around 5 p.m. while he was on duty. He died on his way to […]

‘My Crutches and Me’: Ji Seong-Ho’s amazing story

‘My Crutches and Me’: Ji Seong-Ho’s amazing story

Special to WorldTribune, Nov. 18, 2018 by Michael Downey Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve surely seen his face. Ji Seong-Ho’s story of escaping from North Korea was reported to the Congress, the American people, and the world when President Donald Trump related his amazing story of courage and determination in his State […]

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 […]

U.S. think tank’s report on North Korean missile sites gets frosty reception in Seoul

U.S. think tank’s report on North Korean missile sites gets frosty reception in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct South Korea’s presidential office downplayed a major U.S. think tank’s report which revealed 13 secret North Korean missile development sites The report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) singled out the Sakkanmol missile base 85 kilometers north of the Demilitarized Zone, stating that it’s now equipped with […]

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