Seoul rocked by revolt over ruling party’s apparent power grab

Seoul rocked by revolt over ruling party’s apparent power grab

by WorldTribune Staff, December 17, 2019 South Korea’s National Assembly on Monday canceled a vote on fast-tracked legislation being pushed by leftist President Moon Jae-In after a massive protest by opposition lawmakers and their supporters in the streets outside the parliament. “I will not open a plenary session today because it won’t be possible to […]

New talk of Asian ‘co-prosperity’ sphere, this time in Busan; But where was China?

New talk of Asian ‘co-prosperity’ sphere, this time in Busan; But where was China?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk BUSAN ― Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, had his hands in his pockets and a bored expression on his rugged face as President Moon Jae-In extolled high-tech Korean manufacturers on the big day of his summit with the leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries. Having sat or […]

Hunger strikes in Seoul over alleged ‘judicial reform’ power-grab by government

Hunger strikes in Seoul over alleged ‘judicial reform’ power-grab by government

by WorldTribune Staff, December 1, 2019 Several South Koreans are going on hunger strikes in front of the presidential Blue House in Seoul to protest what they say is the Moon Jae-In government’s undermining of separation of powers under the guise of “judicial reform.” Tara O, Director at East Asia Research Center, authored a report […]

45 UN members — but not South Korea — back harsh resolution on North Korean rights, missiles

45 UN members — but not South Korea — back harsh resolution on North Korean rights, missiles

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Though out of the limelight for nearly a year, North Korea’s quiet and covert push for intercontinental ballistic missile capability along with the communist regime’s continuing political crackdown on its own population has not abated. While tough American diplomacy has pressured Kim Jong-Un’s regime from […]

North Korea’s ‘Gat-Geun Tactic’ aims to destroy South Korea-U.S.-Japan trilateral relations

North Korea’s ‘Gat-Geun Tactic’ aims to destroy South Korea-U.S.-Japan trilateral relations

FPI / November 21, 2019 By Tara O, East Asia Research Center Gat is a hat Korean men used to wear during the Chosun Dynasty. It has a large brim with two strings that go around the sides of the face to tie in the middle to secure the hat in its place. According to […]

South’s rapid deportation of North Koreans slammed by rights groups

South’s rapid deportation of North Koreans slammed by rights groups

FPI / November 15, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com South Korea has come under harsh criticism for quickly deporting two North Koreans who were accused of murdering the captain and several crew of the fishing boat they worked on. According to Seoul’s Ministry of Unification, the fishermen killed 16 crew members on their fishing boat prior to being […]

Seoul’s pro-North government days away from break with U.S. on Japan intel ties

Seoul’s pro-North government days away from break with U.S. on Japan intel ties

by WorldTribune Staff, November 14, 2019 Despite pressure from the U.S. to back down, South Korean President Moon Jae-In is seen as intent on terminating a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, reports say. Nov. 22 marks the deadline to terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between Seoul and Tokyo which was signed […]

Can Seoul and Tokyo cooperate? Yes, says U.S.; No, says Pyongyang

Can Seoul and Tokyo cooperate? Yes, says U.S.; No, says Pyongyang

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― Koreans have innumerable reasons to resent Japan’s sense of superiority and also every reason to get over it. Astonishingly, apologists for North Korea deride U.S. attempts at persuading South Korean and Japanese leaders to get along with each other. It’s as though they really think South Korea […]

North Korea dusts off its Mount Geumgang playbook

North Korea dusts off its Mount Geumgang playbook

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Editors’ Note: North Korea is demanding demolition by South Korea of the entire resort area at the base of Mount Geumgang (Diamond). The tourist facilities were built with investment, mostly from Hyundai, of more than $2 billion. South Korea closed tours from the South in 2008 after a South Korean woman […]