North Korea ecstatic as mass protests neutralize a resolute leader in Seoul

North Korea ecstatic as mass protests neutralize a resolute leader in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Too bad President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to President Park Geun-Hye the day after his victory may be his only chance to talk with her. Even if she’s still in the Blue House when he moves into the White House, she’ll be in no position to display her leadership […]

Make believe war games south of the DMZ, but what if the North is for real?

Make believe war games south of the DMZ, but what if the North is for real?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk An air of unreality pervaded the atmosphere if not the skies over Osan Air Base this week as three of the niftiest warplanes on the planet zoomed off the runway for war games intended to strengthen their ability to work together to defeat a common foe. Circumspectly, officers of […]

Girl talk: Imagine what Hillary Clinton and South Korea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

Girl talk: Imagine what Hillary Clinton and South Korea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk [Editors’ note: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, the country’s first female president, is facing her biggest political crisis since coming to power in 2013. A close female friend, Choi Soon-Sil, 60, is accused of selling influence. She is the daughter of late religious leader Choi Tae-Min, who befriended Park […]

Pax China: Manila’s capitulation sets ominous precedent for U.S. allies in Far East

Pax China: Manila’s capitulation sets ominous precedent for U.S. allies in Far East

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Rodrigo Duterte was reputed as a killer long before his election as president of the Philippines five months ago. He countenanced the slaughter of hundreds of drug addicts and dealers while mayor of Davao, the major port city on the rebel-infested southern island of Mindanao, and has applauded the […]

Remembering an era when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

Remembering an era when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The late Don Oberdorfer would surely have had qualms with the award named for him and presented by U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert to Noh Hyo-dong, the longtime diplomatic and Washington correspondent for Yonhap News Agency. Why would a top U.S. diplomat be handing out a prize in the name […]

Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk North Korea is truly a schizophrenic state. All in a day we hear about the need for generous foreign donors to come to the rescue of thousands of victims of flooding in the Onsong district in the hard-scrabble northeast where life is tough in the best of times. Then, in […]

East Asia on edge: Fifth North Korean test raises specter of nuclear missile terrorism

East Asia on edge: Fifth North Korean test raises specter of nuclear missile terrorism

by WorldTribune Staff, September 9, 2016 North Korea announced its fifth nuclear weapons test only hours after South Korea noted unusual seismic activity near the North’s northeastern nuclear test site. Four of the five tests have taken place during the Barack Obama administration and the first under the George W. Bush administration. The U.S. policy […]

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk You have to credit the North Koreans with chutzpah ― the Yiddish word for “nerve,” brazen arrogance or insolence, all in untranslatable exclamation. The leaders of the world’s 20 strongest, most powerful nations were gathered in a solemn conclave in China, and in Pyongyang North Korea’s Supreme Leader did […]

North Korea marks G20 summit by firing three missiles toward Japan

North Korea marks G20 summit by firing three missiles toward Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2016 North Korea decided to make its mark on the G20 Summit by firing three medium-range missiles into Japan’s air defense identification zone on Sept. 5. Pyongyang’s move led to a rare face-t0-face meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, who met on the […]

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Time slowly erases the traces of those held in North Korea. The longer they’re there, the easier it is to forget them. Their families, reluctant to invest more psychic energy on those for whom they know the North Koreans have no mercy, give up the quest. As individuals move […]

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