Mattis, on first official visit in Seoul, delivers blunt warning to Pyongyang

Mattis, on first official visit in Seoul, delivers blunt warning to Pyongyang

by WorldTribune Staff, February 3, 2017 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Friday that any North Korean use of nuclear weapons on the United States or its allies would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response. Mattis issued the statement during an appearance with his South Korean counterpart, Defense Minister Han Min Koo. “North […]

Part 1: How South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung bought his Peace Prize and financed Kim Jong-Il’s nuclear program

Part 1: How South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung bought his Peace Prize and financed  Kim Jong-Il’s nuclear program

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Following is the Preface and the first of several excerpts from a book by WorldTribune columnist Donald Kirk and the Korean author Kim Ki-Sam. The book has generated much interest and controversy in both South Korea and the United States and has been published in Norway, the home of […]

Beijing exploits Seoul crisis in bid to shatter anti-China alliance

Beijing exploits Seoul crisis in bid to shatter anti-China alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com China is seizing upon new gaps in the powerful pro-U.S. alliances in northeast Asia in the early days of the Trump administration. Meanwhile, South Korea’s ambassador to the U.S., top envoy to China and mission chiefs to Russia, Japan and the UN were summoned to take part in an unprecedented […]

Renewed friction between Seoul and Tokyo rubs Pyongyang the right way

Renewed friction between Seoul and Tokyo rubs Pyongyang the right way

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com The widening rift between South Korea and Japan is dangerous for the U.S. allies and is being cheered by a North Korean regime that has long been adept at exploiting differences between the East Asia allies. While Pyongyang media revels in the fate of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, […]

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the UN’s barometer of international economic trends. The current survey states that while the world economy grew by a a modest 2.2 […]

Trump’s opening chess move puts northeast Asia on notice

Trump’s opening chess move puts northeast Asia on notice

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump has now made his first substantive move in foreign policy with broad repercussions for Northeast Asia, including both Korea and Japan. The consequences may be far-reaching. By signing an executive order formally withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trump has signaled that he may actually carry […]

Geostrategy-Direct: China, N. Korea salivating at paralysis in Seoul

Geostrategy-Direct: China, N. Korea salivating at paralysis in Seoul

Geostrategy-Direct Top headlines in the Jan. 24, 2017 edition.                 Japan’s Abe stepped up as Obama dithered                   The real Trump dossier: Reforming U.S. intelligence               China salivates at the paralysis in Seoul Please […]

View from abroad: The time is right for putting America first

View from abroad: The time is right for putting America first

Special to WorldTribune , January 24, 2017 By Michael Breen SEOUL — The vision of the new American president, Donald Trump to “put America first” captures the shift in the American role in the world that has been going on for the past 25 years. For all the policy nervousness it is causing here and […]

Seoul calls Trump tweet a ‘clear warning’ to North Korea

Seoul calls Trump tweet a ‘clear warning’ to North Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, January 3, 2017 In one three-word tweet, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump managed to both issue a “clear warning” to a notorious rogue state and reassure South Korea of America’s “unwavering stance” against North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said on Jan. 1 that Pyongyang was close to test-launching an […]

2016 was then: World stage set for more dramatic tension

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to consult the crystal snow globe and peer ahead into what events 2017 may bring. After a surprising, tumultuous and truly roller-coaster year just past, we certainly can hope for a more stable period. But should we? Despite the unprecedented electoral […]

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