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Caught between huge conflicting forces, people look with foreboding on the gathering clouds of war
1.Points of Crisis
The rise of Kim Dae Jung and the high price of his failed drive for reconciliation with North Korea
Three contributions on Korea -- North, South and Kim Dae Jung -- for this massive five-volume work on human rights issues worldwide
Dispelling myths about the sinking of the South Korean navy corvette the Cheonan in March 2010
Memories of the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the arrival of U.S. forces to the release of the last U.S. POWs
The Vietnam War as it spread through Cambodia and Laos into northern and northeastern Thailand
Washington's pact with Pyongyang won't help the starving children
2.Covering Korea
Q&A, Asia-Pacific Businss & Technology Report
Looking back to the Old Days: A Correspondent's Field Manual; A Reader’s Guide to Real News:
Korea through the eyes of correspondents who were there, 1871-2006
Following the story
How the news goes in and out of the Hermit Kingdom
3. Business and Economy
The Rev. Moon's empire bouncing back in South Korea
Play-by-play account of the meltdown that nearly bankrupted the South Korean economy
The story of North Korea's 105-story white elephant
An unauthorized study of Korea's largest business group, its triumphs and failures, and the peasant's son who founded it.... "Korean Dynasty is a must read for business people and students of business and the social sciences learning about the socio-economics of Asia." Business Book Review Library; 1995, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
The ultimate business reference to the Philippines, providing practical advice from leading experts
Iraq and South Korea face contrasting economic problems and issues, as seen in these articles for Institutional Investor
4. Seoul-Searching
I.--Heart and Seoul: From the ashes of war, Korea's capital rises like a phoenix to world-class. II.--Three Perfect Days: Wining, dining, sightseeing and strolling around one of the world's oldest and greatest capitals

Hither and Yon

Let the games begin, but watch out for those N. Korean dancers

January 19, 2018

Tags: Moranbong, Hyon Song-Wol, K-Pop, Panmunjom, Kim Jong-un, President Trump, Women's Hockey, Samjiyon, North Korea, PyeongChang, Winter Olympics, Arirang, President Moon Jae-in

January 18, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Ah, let the games begin! The fun and games, that is, of seeing how the clever North Koreans play the Winter Olympics for all they’re worth.

For sure, North Korean strategists are looking for a diplomatic and political triumph regardless of who wins what (more…)

Predicting the unfolding Korean history? Don’t bother

January 12, 2018

Tags: PyeongChang, Winter Olympics, Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in, US -Korea alliance, Ri Son-Gwon, Korean peninsula, war games

January 11, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Uh oh. Watch for all the soothsayers putting in their two cents or two won worth on the future of the Korean Peninsula, post-PyeongChang. Beware of the cognoscenti with dire forecasts of capitulation to the evil Northers, with hopeful words of peace at last, with (more…)

Darkest Hour? Churchill, Chamberlain and today’s North Korean dilemma

January 7, 2018

Tags: Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, Darkest Hour, Hitler, Nazi, Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in, Pyeogchang Winter Olympics, 1936 Olympics, 1988 Seoul Olympics, Lavrov

December 28, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Historical comparisons can be terribly flawed. Bearing that in mind, I could not help but think of talk about talks with North Korea while watching a new British film, “Darkest Hour,” all about Winston Churchill in the darkest early days of World War II spurning (more…)

No B1 bomber can touch North Korea’s elite geek squad

December 22, 2017

Tags: cyberwar, cyber, wannacry, preemptive strike, military option, kim jong-un, b1 bombers, f22, f35, kim il-siung university, pyongyang, north korea

December 21, 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON: Here’s a target the deadliest, most accurate missile isn’t going to touch: the computers in North Korea that are responsible for wreaking havoc around the world.

It’s all very well to talk about “the military option” or even a “preemptive attack” on (more…)

Turns out the U.S. may not be able to afford Korean War II

December 16, 2017

Tags: kim jong-un, trump, korean war, general warren gregson, military option

By World Tribune on December 14, 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON -- A lot of people here, from right to left politically, think war on the Korean peninsula is imminent.

Kim Jong-Un, they say, is eager to order a seventh nuclear test as well as test shots of intercontinental ballistic missiles. And would (more…)

Has CIA report set the countdown clock for Korean War II?

December 9, 2017

Tags: CIA, North Korea, John Bolton, William Perry, Suzanne DiMaggio, Mark Seddon, Arms Control Association

December 7, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – The CIA has struck alarm bells here with a top-secret report to President Trump telling him he has just three months to stop North Korea from having the ability to fire a nuclear warhead at the United States.

The report has deepened the bitter divide (more…)

‘Rocket man’ gives everyone a break from tedious news cycles

December 3, 2017

Tags: Kim Jong-un, rocket man, North Korea, China, Xi Jinping, ICBM, missile test, nuclear, Donald Trump, Jim Mattis

November 30, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― He had to do it, didn’t he? Just when the optimists were saying, well, it’s been a few weeks since the last one, maybe he’s learned his lesson.

What lesson?

Kim Jong-Un (aka, “Rocket man”) sails on, oblivious (more…)

Fog, policy prevented a shoulder-to-shoulder stand at DMZ

November 11, 2017

Tags: Donald Trump, Marine One, National Assembly, Panmunjom, DMZ, Demilitarized Zone, President Moon Jae-In, National Assembly

November 9, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

At least Donald Trump gave it a shot. He really wanted to make it up to Panmunjom but was turned back by the weather.

For most visitors, the fog that hung over the line between North and South Korea would not have been too much for (more…)

Trump in Asia will find ‘daylight’ between U.S. and South Korea policies for Pyongyang

November 5, 2017

Tags: President Donald Trump, President Moon Jae-In, Seoul, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, DMZ, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

November 3, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

President Donald Trump faces obstacles when he gets to Seoul next week that have nothing to do with unruly mobs trying to shout loudly enough over mega-loudspeakers for him to hear them across rows of policemen in body armor.

No doubt Trump’s handlers will come (more…)

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

October 28, 2017

Tags: Article 9, peace constitution, Japanese elections, LDP, Komeito, Shinzo Abe, U.S. occupation, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, General MacArthu

October 27, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

TOKYO -- The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” ― the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly ― portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast Asia.

Yes, Abe would dearly like to revise Japan’ (more…)

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