Defector tries to reach countrymen with real news; Seoul teams with Pyongyang to stop him

Defector tries to reach countrymen with real news; Seoul teams with Pyongyang to stop him

by WorldTribune Staff, July 17, 2020 A defector from North Korea who founded a group which has for years been sending food assistance and leaflets containing information into the North is not surprised by the threats he and his fellow defectors regularly receive from the Kim Jong-Un regime. What does surprise Park Sang-Hak, however, is […]

Unlikely Free Press champions: Defectors send balloons and leaflets North, rattling a nuclear power

Unlikely Free Press champions: Defectors send balloons and leaflets North, rattling a nuclear power

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The insistence of a pair of brothers on scattering hundreds of thousands of leaflets from balloons fired over North Korea confronts the South with tough questions. Is it worth upsetting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his sister, Kim Yo-Jong, knowing the negative effects the leaflets are […]

Reporting on North Korea, after all these years, is still pure guesswork

Reporting on North Korea, after all these years, is still pure guesswork

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has dodged a bullet, meaning the onslaught of speculation about whether he was dead or alive, ill or just avoiding the coronavirus. It’s amazing how quickly and easily many of us were taken in by the initial report on the Daily NK, based on […]

S. Korean media: Kim Jong-Un not dead, but one of his bodyguards has coronavirus

S. Korean media: Kim Jong-Un not dead, but one of his bodyguards has coronavirus

by WorldTribune Staff, April 28, 2020 North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is not dead, but went into seclusion after at least one of his bodyguards tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, South Korea’s JoongAng Daily (KJD) reported on Sunday, citing a Chinese source “familiar with North Korean affairs.” Kim Jong-Un’s absence from public life had […]

Next move for North Korea’s Marxist ‘monarchy’? Watch China

Next move for North Korea’s Marxist ‘monarchy’? Watch China

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler North Korea’s Marxist “Monarchy” could be at a critical crossroads as recurring rumors about the death or incapacitation of the Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un swirl around the nervous Korean peninsula. Despite a wildfire of media speculation, pending the definitive outcome of Kim’s health, the hard reality remains that […]

‘Special and firm personal relations’: Kim Jong-Un’s sister cites Trump letter offering support

‘Special and firm personal relations’: Kim Jong-Un’s sister cites Trump letter offering support

by WorldTribune Staff, March 23, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump has offered to help North Korea in its fight against the coronavirus, the sister of dictator Kim Jong-Un said on Sunday. Kim Yo-Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the North’s Workers’ Party, said in a statement carried by the official Korean […]

Kim Jong-Un lies low after Soleimani hit

Kim Jong-Un lies low after Soleimani hit

by WorldTribune Staff, January 6, 2020 In the wake of the U.S. killing of Iranian terrorist chief Qasem Soleimani, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un may take a page from his father’s playbook and disappear from the public eye out of fear of a possible assassination attempt, analysts say. Kim has not been seen in public […]

Naughty or nice? President Trump says he’s ready for Kim’s ‘Christmas gift’ whatever it is

Naughty or nice? President Trump says he’s ready for Kim’s ‘Christmas gift’ whatever it is

by WorldTribune Staff, December 24, 2019 Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un promised to deliver a “Christmas gift” unless the United States abides by the end-of-the-year deadline set by the North for the U.S. to soften its stance on stalled talks on denuclearization. “We’ll find out what the surprise is and we’ll deal […]

Trump tweets warning to North Korea as tensions increase

Trump tweets warning to North Korea as tensions increase

by WorldTribune Staff, December 8, 2019 Kim Jong-Un risks losing “everything” if the North Korean leader “acts in a hostile way,” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday after the North reported it had carried out a “successful test of great significance.” “Kim Jong-Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything […]

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 […]

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