Seoul government’s allegiance to U.S.-Japan anti-communist alliance in doubt

Seoul government’s allegiance to U.S.-Japan anti-communist alliance in doubt

by WorldTribune Staff, July 7, 2019 A partisan think tank that is in charge of the South Korean ruling party’s election strategy is set to sign a policy agreement with the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a report said. Yang Jung-Chul, director of the Institute for Democracy, will visit Beijing July […]

‘Handshake summit’: President Trump crosses the line yet again, this time Korea’s DMZ

‘Handshake summit’: President Trump crosses the line yet again, this time Korea’s DMZ

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In an extraordinary and spontaneous summit, President Donald Trump briefly met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un inside North Korea.  The historic handshake and discussions between two adversaries, who rattled nuclear sabers merely two years ago, offered a highly symbolic but still decisive meeting on […]

After G20, President Trump could visit DMZ; Will Kim jog down for a photo-op?

After G20, President Trump could visit DMZ; Will Kim jog down for a photo-op?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Summit fever is upon us. The mere idea of two leaders sitting down and talking suggests the ultimate panacea. Surely they can come to terms once they look each other in the eye and work out all those terrible differences. That’s the fantasy as Donald Trump wraps […]

Violence in Seoul as workers hired by leftist mayor destroy conservatives’ tents

Violence in Seoul as workers hired by leftist mayor destroy conservatives’ tents

by WorldTribune Staff, June 25, 2019 Tents erected by conservative activists calling for the release from prison of former President Park Geun-Hye were demolished by government workers deployed by the Seoul’s Mayor Park Won-Soon, according to video and news reports. The government and judiciary under President Moon Jae-In has jailed journalists, controlled social media and […]

Why North Korea needs to say sorry before any ‘peace treaty’ is signed

Why North Korea needs to say sorry before any ‘peace treaty’ is signed

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Advocates of a “peace treaty” with North Korea believe, unanimously, that such a treaty would serve some real purpose other than provide the North with ammunition for withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea and closure of U.S. bases. The slightest scrutiny of history should make painfully clear that […]

Dreams of democracy: China and South Korea

Dreams of democracy: China and South Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The vision of a brave new world in China three decades ago was captivating, exhilarating proof at last that democracy could prevail in an outpouring of revulsion over Communist dictatorship. Alas, it was not to be. The hypnotic image of reform, of the forces of right defeating evil, yielded […]

Transcending the politics of historic hostilities for strategic goals

Transcending the politics of historic hostilities for strategic goals

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― President Trump’s visit to Japan carries a message for South Korea as much as anywhere else. It’s time to call a halt to outpourings of anti-Japanese sentiment. That’s not to say South Koreans should bury their bitterness over the decades of Japanese rule, the slaughter of Koreans […]

Online petition in South Korea presents bill of impeachment for President Moon Jae-In

Online petition in South Korea presents bill of impeachment for President Moon Jae-In

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2019 A petition on the South Korean Blue House Petition website which calls for the impeachment of liberal President Moon Jae-In has amassed 243,450 signatures, a report said. The petition was posted on April 30 and it will collect support until May 30, the East Asia Research Center reported. The […]

‘Kim Jong-Un’s spokesman’: South Korea’s president dissed by opposition leader

‘Kim Jong-Un’s spokesman’: South Korea’s president dissed by opposition leader

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has been trying so hard to achieve the impossible dream of reconciliation with North Korea that it’s easy for foreign observers to forget a strong, traditional conservative opposition that deeply opposes the pattern of concessions to the will of North Korea’s leader […]

Retired Korean generals slam North’s missile test, demand overhaul of South’s security policies

Retired Korean generals slam North’s missile test, demand overhaul of South’s security policies

by WorldTribune Staff, May 14, 2019 With Kim Jong-Un observing, North Korea on May 4 launched a series of projectiles featuring a short-range ballistic missile and large-caliber multiple launch rocket systems from Hodo peninsula in the Wonsan area. A group of retired Korean military officials condemned the North’s latest missile test and, at the same […]