S. Korean president to visit Iran, longtime secret N. Korean strategic partner

S. Korean president to visit Iran, longtime secret N. Korean strategic partner

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Park Geun-Hye is due to become the first South Korean president to visit Iran, according to her office. Park’s office said on April 18 that she and Iranian President Hassan Rohani will next month discuss ways to boost bilateral relations as well as regional issues such […]

S. Korea’s new elite ‘Spartan 3000’ special forces unit trained for raids inside North

S. Korea’s new elite ‘Spartan 3000’ special forces unit trained for raids inside North

Special to WorldTribune.com South Korea has formed an elite unit of marines which can be quickly deployed to any part of the Korean peninsula and could carry out raids inside North Korea. The “Spartan 3000” unit trained with U.S. forces during a massive joint exercise earlier this month that included 300,000 troops. The elite force’s […]

Back in the USA and tracking the news on Interstate 40: North Korea? Where?

Back in the USA and tracking the news on Interstate 40: North Korea? Where?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas ― North Korea’s top gun will have to try harder if he expects his threats of another nuclear test will win serious consideration in a U.S. presidential election year. Driving through the American heartland, you hear hardly a thing about the latest threats from Pyongyang. […]

How to answer the ‘unprecedented’, increasingly overheated North Korean rhetoric?

How to answer the ‘unprecedented’, increasingly overheated North Korean rhetoric?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Ho hum, here we go again. That seems to be the response to the latest rhetorical blasts from Pyongyang as U.S. and South Korean forces dive into their annual war games. A “preemptive nuclear strike”? Destruction of “bases of aggression”? Incineration of Seoul in “a sea of fire […]

U.S. F-22 stealth fighters fly low over S. Korea in show of force

U.S. F-22 stealth fighters fly low over S. Korea in show of force

Special to WorldTribune.com In a show of force aimed squarely at North Korea, four U.S. F-22 stealth fighters flew low over South Korea on Feb. 17. The F-22 Raptors flew alongside Korea’s F-15K Slam Eagle aircraft and U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets in a joint exercise out of Osan Air Base. “The F-22 Raptor […]

North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests risk getting boring. The pattern is familiar: expressions of outrage, loud condemnation ― then nothing. Has the latest one-two punch of nuclear test and rocket launch changed a thing? The easy answer is not really ― but think again. The lines […]

‘Useless’: N. Korean satellite ‘tumbling in orbit,’ U.S. official says

‘Useless’: N. Korean satellite ‘tumbling in orbit,’ U.S. official says

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea’s recently-launched satellite is “tumbling in orbit,” rendering it virtually “useless,” a U.S. official said. If the description is accurate, the satellite launched by Pyongyang on Feb. 7 would be incapable of functioning in any useful way, a senior U.S. defense official told CNN. Kwon Ki-hyun, a spokesperson for South Korea’s […]

Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com MANILA ― No city suffered more in World War II than this sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. No enemy was more cruel, more hostile, more destructive than the Japanese after defeating U.S. forces in the Philippines at the outset of the war in the Pacific. […]

Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran says it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of overseas assets that were unfrozen as a result of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said much of the money was stored in banks in China, India, […]

Conflicting U.S. views on conflict resolution with N. Korea: What if there is no solution?

Conflicting U.S. views on conflict resolution with N. Korea: What if there is no solution?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to Korea as the country was making the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, did not take kindly to my column [A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un] in which I quoted him, accurately, as praising Kim Jong-Un “for improving the […]

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