40 years after Gwangju bloodbath, discussing North Korea’s role is taboo in once-free South

40 years after Gwangju bloodbath, discussing North Korea’s role is taboo in once-free South

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2020 Details about what happened in Gwangju, South Korea from May 18 through May 27, 1980, remain elusive four decades later as the nation commemorates a watershed tragedy. It remains a highly-charged subject in which the roles of the governments of the United States and South Korea in suppressing the […]

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 […]

North Korea’s ‘normalization’ boosts Kim’s ‘comrade’: First ‘First Lady’ in 40 years

North Korea’s ‘normalization’ boosts Kim’s ‘comrade’: First ‘First Lady’ in 40 years

by WorldTribune Staff, April 19, 2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has elevated his wife to “first lady,” a title which has not been bestowed upon the nation’s dynastic leaders’ spouses since 1974. Ri Sol-Ju, believed to be 29, made her first solo appearance as first lady at a ballet performance by a visiting Chinese […]

26 years ago, this strategist urged a U.S. preemptive strike on North Korea

26 years ago, this strategist urged a U.S. preemptive strike on North Korea

by Robert Morton, WorldTribune, December 4, 2017 On Nov. 25, 1991, a Brooklyn-born intelligence expert of Syrian Jewish descent rattled a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing with his proposed response to the emerging North Korean nuclear threat. After being challenged he responded with a warning that now, 36 years later, seems eerily prophetic. While other […]

North Korean official handling U.S. affairs heads to Moscow

North Korean official handling U.S. affairs heads to Moscow

by WorldTribune Staff, September 25, 2017 As Russia looks to take on a larger role in the North Korean nuclear standoff, the North’s official in charge of U.S. affairs traveled to Moscow on Sept. 25. Choe Son-Hui, director-general of the North American department at the North Korean Foreign Ministry planned to hold talks with Oleg […]

Pyongyang poker: North Korea’s Marxist dynasty is still at the table

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — We have seen this movie before and it never ends well. An arrogant and boastful dictator snubs the world and threatens his neighbors. The international community frets in rightful indignation but does little to respond. As tensions rise, the world appears hostage to a bully. […]

Forgotten then and unreported now: The bloodletting inspired by ‘Maoism’

Forgotten then and unreported now: The bloodletting inspired by ‘Maoism’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com NEW DELHI — The late “Great Leader” Kim Il-Sung no doubt drew upon the teachings of Mao Zedong when he formulated his philosophy of “juche” or self-reliance, but one word you never hear on visits to North Korea is “Maoism.” If North Korea recognizes Mao Zedong as an […]

Korean Vortex: Reading the tea leaves

Korean Vortex: Reading the tea leaves

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The increasingly ballistic bluster pouring out from Pyongyang and threatening South Korea, Japan and the USA, with nuclear attacks has jolted East Asia into “paying attention.” Perhaps that’s the real intent of Kim Jong-Un, the new and untested Marxist monarch of the quaintly titled “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” […]

Video reveals ‘Gangnam Style’ has infiltrated North Korea

Video reveals ‘Gangnam Style’ has infiltrated North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com South Korea’s latest pop culture, including the international hit song “Gangnam Style,” has found its way into the tightly-controlled North Korean world, a video footage shows. In the clips, two North Koreans are sitting in a dark room with a blanket over their head to hide themselves, moving their shoulders up […]

Droning on and on: Why Kim Jong-Un and Syria’s Assad are buddies

Droning on and on: Why Kim Jong-Un and Syria’s Assad are buddies

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com When Kim Jong-Un and the North Korean propaganda machine hint they’ve got startling new weapons for striking terror into Americans thousands of miles away, they may not be talking about just their long-range missiles. How about drones, possibly the most talked about new death-dealer in the inventory of […]