South Korean government moves to nationalize kindergartens

South Korean government moves to nationalize kindergartens

by WorldTribune Staff, March 10, 2019 Do South Korean children know that the Korean War started with an invasion from the communist North? Pro-North Korean influence on public school curricula in the South have focused attention on the private education of even kindergarten children, according to a report by the East Asia Research Center. Jeongyojo, […]

Trump walks away from fake promises, false summit expectations

Trump walks away from fake promises, false summit expectations

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk HANOI – Call the outcome of the second Trump-Kim summit disappointing or frustrating, but it was anything but a “failure.” The real failure would have been President Donald Trump’s signature authorizing concessions in return for promises made only to be broken. The North’s nuclear program is buried so deeply […]

Mystery group issues declaration of independence for North Korea

Mystery group issues declaration of independence for North Korea

Special to WorldTribune, March 1, 2019 A secretive group believed to be protecting the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s assassinated older brother declared the formation of a government-in-exile Friday on the 100th anniversary of Korean mass demonstrations for independence. The full text of the declaration is published below: The Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) […]

A North Korean defector’s advice for Trump’s Korea ‘Doctrine’

A North Korean defector’s advice for Trump’s Korea ‘Doctrine’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Thae Yong-Ho, the former North Korean deputy chief of mission at their embassy in London, has come up with the term “doctrine” to describe Trump’s policy toward North Korea. He even compares the nascent “Trump doctrine” with the “Nixon doctrine.” That’s bad news. I was following President Richard Nixon […]

Conflicting reports in Seoul about Bolton’s pre-summit visit; Trump firm on sanctions

Conflicting reports in Seoul about Bolton’s pre-summit visit; Trump firm on sanctions

by WorldTribune.com Staff, February 21, 2019 U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has reportedly headed to Seoul ahead of next week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Citing two Trump administration officials, CNN reported on Feb. 21 that Bolton will travel to South Korea this week for “a round of […]

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The ongoing scandal, in which the governor of South Gyeongsang Province, Kim Kyung-Soo — a top ally of President Moon Jae-In, was involved in a computer program that automatically generated millions of “likes” or “dislikes” for polls and postings on individuals and vital topics, may have been […]

Kim Jong-Un’s journey leads now to a ride on Vietnam’s capitalist road

Kim Jong-Un’s journey leads now to a ride on Vietnam’s capitalist road

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Everybody knows Kim Jong-Un has a lot to learn from the capitalist success of nearby Communist countries. No example is better than that of China, whose leaders have urged him to walk the capitalist road to success. His late father, Kim Jong-Il, was photographed during trips to China traipsing […]

Asian allies face test of nerves as Trump-Kim summit nears

Asian allies face test of nerves as Trump-Kim summit nears

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk NEW DELHI ― The prospect of President Trump abandoning friends and allies resonates here for reasons that have nothing to do with North or South Korea. While focusing on whatever deal he is likely to cook up with Kim Jong-Un, let us not forget the priorities in the capital […]

Diplomatic moves in Tokyo, Seoul and Pyongyang precede Trump-Kim summit

Diplomatic moves in Tokyo, Seoul and Pyongyang precede Trump-Kim summit

by WorldTribune Staff, February 8, 2019 U.S. envoy Steve Biegun led an American delegation that arrived in Pyongyang on Feb. 6 for denuclearization talks with North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok-Chol. The U.S. delegation’s arrival in North Korea was one of a flurry of region-wide diplomatic moves ahead of a second summit between President Donald Trump […]

Retired S. Korean generals slam Kim-Moon ‘fake peace’, ‘collapse of security’

Retired S. Korean generals slam Kim-Moon ‘fake peace’, ‘collapse of security’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 4, 2019 The administration of liberal President Moon Jae-In is engaged in a “fake peace” process with an “unreliable” Kim Jong-Un regime, a group of more than 400 retired South Korean generals said in a pair of statements. Moon met with Kim three times last year and has invited the North […]