Kim Jong-Un’s journey leads now to a ride on Vietnam’s capitalist road

Kim Jong-Un’s journey leads now to a ride on Vietnam’s capitalist road

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Everybody knows Kim Jong-Un has a lot to learn from the capitalist success of nearby Communist countries. No example is better than that of China, whose leaders have urged him to walk the capitalist road to success. His late father, Kim Jong-Il, was photographed during trips to China traipsing […]

Subterfuge in Pyongyang? Seoul’s disturbing concessions, Russia-China collusion

Subterfuge in Pyongyang? Seoul’s disturbing concessions, Russia-China collusion

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump faces a serious problem when he meets South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In Monday in New York. How can he go on promising concessions to North Korea when the State Department has already rejected North Korea’s demand for “corresponding measures” by the U.S. before […]

The greatest show on earth? Now for the follow through

The greatest show on earth? Now for the follow through

Special to WorldTribune.com Commentary by Donald Kirk SINGAPORE — The summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un wound up in a victory of style and image over real substance. Trump, hours after his historic meeting with Kim, defended the vague final declaration in a show of bluff and bluster in which he sought to […]

China and North Korea, best friends forever?

China and North Korea, best friends forever?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk There is a certain inevitability about China’s need for North Korea and the North’s need for China. The two may intuitively hate one another, but they can hardly stay apart in the regional tug of war. It’s been that way ever since Chinese forces poured into North Korea to […]

North Korean ‘regime change’? Give dreamers a chance

North Korean ‘regime change’? Give dreamers a chance

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk In the excitement over impending summits, we may have forgotten one other solution everyone was talking about, oh, just a month or two ago. Whatever happened to all the enthusiasm for forcing Kim Jong-Un out of his job by internal upheaval, external attack, or maybe just a plain old […]

Charmed I’m sure: Double-talk or a love-fest in Pyongyang?

Charmed I’m sure: Double-talk or a love-fest in Pyongyang?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — U.S. President Donald Trump is putting the best face on the agreement for North and South Korean leaders to meet next month at the truce village of Panmunjom, on the North-South line 55 kilometers north of Seoul for the third inter-Korean summit. Despite pervasive doubts about North […]

Give President Trump credit for confronting North Korea on its horrific rights record

Give President Trump credit for confronting North Korea on its horrific rights record

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Whenever experts talk about “confederation” or “reunification” between North and South Korea, they overlook the fate of tens of thousands of people confined to prison camps in the North for offenses that might threaten the regime. Examples of such “crimes” include Christian worship, possession of a bible […]

How I got into the closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Winter Games

How I got into the closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Winter Games

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk PYEONGCHANG ― Now I know firsthand what they’re talking about when they say the Russians are tricky. Yes, they’ve gotten into American and other websites, tried to sway the U.S. presidential election and are not to be trusted, but those were media reports. In an era of fake news, […]

Trump’s ‘new American moment’: Paving the way to a ‘bloody nose’ for North Korea?

Trump’s ‘new American moment’: Paving the way to a ‘bloody nose’ for North Korea?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Don’t count on the Winter Olympics as the moment for rapprochement on the Korean peninsula. That message came through loud and clear in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address. “Our new American moment,” as Trump called this turbulent time in U.S. history, does not […]

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