Sleepless in Pyongyang: Three reasons for Kim’s anxiety

Sleepless in Pyongyang: Three reasons for Kim’s anxiety

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The killing of Qasem Soleimani by an American drone aircraft on orders from U.S. President Donald Trump as the Iranian general arrived in Baghdad to spur on Iran-backed Iraqi militia against the U.S. confronts Kim Jong-Un with serious problems. The first is that North Korea cannot publicize the episode […]

Decapitation? Assassination? Over in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-Un isn’t hung up on semantics

Decapitation? Assassination? Over in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-Un isn’t hung up on semantics

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk People who split hairs over semantics ask if decapitation is the same as assassination. The debate assumes relevance in the wake of the killing of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. No, he wasn’t exactly decapitated, meaning his head wasn’t literally cut off from the rest of his body though […]

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 […]

South Korea’s president seeks to align his country with North Korea and against Japan

South Korea’s president seeks to align his country with North Korea and against Japan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea is approaching the level of mass hysteria. President Moon Jae-In sees it as a unifying force that will draw Korea’s disparate political forces in common cause. How can rightists go on waving those Korean and American flags, calling for a hard line […]

After sit-down with Kim, as Cohen testified and ‘experts’ circled like vultures, Trump walked

After sit-down with Kim, as Cohen testified and ‘experts’ circled like vultures, Trump walked

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk HANOI — No matter what he does or says, Donald Trump is playing a losing game with his critics on North Korea and probably on just about everything else. If he had joined Kim Jong-Un last week in signing a piece of paper agreeing to give up sanctions while […]

A North Korean defector’s advice for Trump’s Korea ‘Doctrine’

A North Korean defector’s advice for Trump’s Korea ‘Doctrine’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Thae Yong-Ho, the former North Korean deputy chief of mission at their embassy in London, has come up with the term “doctrine” to describe Trump’s policy toward North Korea. He even compares the nascent “Trump doctrine” with the “Nixon doctrine.” That’s bad news. I was following President Richard Nixon […]

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The ongoing scandal, in which the governor of South Gyeongsang Province, Kim Kyung-Soo — a top ally of President Moon Jae-In, was involved in a computer program that automatically generated millions of “likes” or “dislikes” for polls and postings on individuals and vital topics, may have been […]

No ‘peace treaty’ please: ‘Love’, nukes and missile fatigue on the Korean peninsula

No ‘peace treaty’ please: ‘Love’, nukes and missile fatigue on the Korean peninsula

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The revelation of another “undeclared” North Korean missile base should send shock waves through all those concerned about the safety and security of the region, notably South Korea. Actually, however, it’s hard to find ordinary people too worried about the latest report by esteemed experts at the Center for […]

Hurricane-strength BS: The uncanny similarities of Woodward’s book and the NY Times anonymous Op-Ed

Hurricane-strength BS: The uncanny similarities of Woodward’s book and the NY Times anonymous Op-Ed

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― We hear so much speculation as to who wrote the infamous, anonymous New York Times op-ed, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” it’s surprising we hear not a word about whether the piece was actually an inside job. That is, could the author […]

Trump warns North Korea new exercises would be ‘far bigger than ever before’

Trump warns North Korea new exercises would be ‘far bigger than ever before’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S. President Donald Trump is determined to stick to the ban on joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises despite North Korea’s failure to begin to take steps toward “complete denuclearization” as promised by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in their summit in Singapore in June. Trump tweeted there was “no […]

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