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 […]

Trade war: Oh no? Oh yes!

Trade war: Oh no? Oh yes!

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Global Trade War is sweeping the world, and U.S. President Donald Trump intends to keep fighting. The question, though, is how and when it will end and what damage it will leave in its wake. The U.S. contends that that eventually some of America’s trading partners will realize they […]

Smoke and mirrors: Kim wants world to witness destruction of already-obliterated test site

Smoke and mirrors: Kim wants world to witness destruction of already-obliterated test site

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It’s not enough that North Korea should abruptly cancel South-North talks on military tensions and another long-awaited round of reunions of fast-fading families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Now we’re not even sure Kim Jong-Un will go through with his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. It’s hard […]

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk What is this disturbing nonsense we sometimes hear about a “Vietnam model” for permanent peace on the Korean peninsula? Whoever’s talking about that either has to be joking or is totally unaware of the tragedy that befell South Vietnam after the signing of the “Paris peace accords” that were […]

About those euphoric Korea peace talks: A trip down memory lane

About those euphoric Korea peace talks: A trip down memory lane

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Don’t hold your breath. We’ve been disappointed so often in moves toward North-South reconciliation that it’s hard to believe any face-to-face talks between President Moon Jae-In and North Korea’s “respected leader” Kim Jong-Un will lead to resolution of a nuclear crisis that’s only worsened in recent years. But wait! […]

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