Seoul scraps intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo in blow to U.S. alliance

Seoul scraps intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo in blow to U.S. alliance

by WorldTribune Staff, August 23, 2019 South Korea’s government on Aug. 22 announced that it was scrapping a military-intelligence sharing pact with Japan weeks after being urged to do so by communist North Korea. Japan had sought an extension of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) despite increased tension between the two countries. […]

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 […]

Unreported: Liberation Day in Seoul marked by massive demonstrations calling for president’s ouster

Unreported: Liberation Day in Seoul marked by massive demonstrations calling for president’s ouster

by WorldTribune Staff, August 16, 2019. Updated August 17 A massive flag rally in Seoul on Aug. 15 to mark the 74th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan was mostly ignored by South Korea’s mainstream media while foreign media reported on a smaller demonstration dominated by anti-Japan sentiment, observers say. Protesters from conservative groups filled […]

Tokyo-Seoul fight closely tracked by China, Russia, North Korea

Tokyo-Seoul fight closely tracked by China, Russia, North Korea

FPI / August 15, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com As the trade-culture conflict between Seoul and Tokyo heats up, South Korea’s president has floated the controversial idea of a partnership with North Korea. The move by left-leaning President Moon Jae-In amid a sinking economy was cheered by the South’s official media but enraged the nation’s conservatives. The South […]

Hong Kong, democracy and the theory of cognitive dissonance

Hong Kong, democracy and the theory of cognitive dissonance

JSpecial to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk [Editors’ Note: Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. When confronted with facts that contradict beliefs, ideals, and values, people will try to find a way to resolve the contradiction to reduce their discomfort. […]

Korean War veterans broadcast international appeal: ‘South Korea is in danger’

Korean War veterans broadcast international appeal: ‘South Korea is in danger’

by WorldTribune Staff, July 31, 2019 “A flower of democracy in South Korea is about to fall,” warned a group of more than 850 retired South Korean military officials in an open letter. Their appeal was addressed to Korean War veterans in the United States and other nations who fought under the UN Command against […]

South Korea’s president seeks to align his country with North Korea and against Japan

South Korea’s president seeks to align his country with North Korea and against Japan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea is approaching the level of mass hysteria. President Moon Jae-In sees it as a unifying force that will draw Korea’s disparate political forces in common cause. How can rightists go on waving those Korean and American flags, calling for a hard line […]

Joint China-Russia patrol shocks South Korea; Aimed at U.S. ‘military alliance’ including Japan

Joint China-Russia patrol shocks South Korea; Aimed at U.S. ‘military alliance’ including Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, July 23, 2019 South Korea scrambled jets and reportedly fired hundreds of warning shots as a Russian A-50 aircraft, which was engaged in a joint air patrol with China on July 23, entered South Korean air space. Just before the Russian aircraft entered South Korean airspace, two Russian Tu-95 bombers and two […]

Report: Bolton to deliver U.S. warning to Seoul

Report: Bolton to deliver U.S. warning to Seoul

by WorldTribune Staff, July 21, 2019 U.S. national security adviser John Bolton will advise South Korea this week against nullifying a military agreement with Japan, a report said. Bolton is expected to convey President Donald Trump’s message that canceling the accord “isn’t desirable” in terms of moving forward with the peace process on the Korean […]

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