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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

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…)

The Seoul Air Show, an exercise by U.S. ‘decapitation’ team and daydreams of a Trump-Kim sit-down at the DMZ

October 21, 2017

Tags: f35, f22, Seoul Air Base, air show, Trump, Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Panmunjom, decapitation, war games, Korea

October 20, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The line-up of warplanes on display beside the runway at Seoul Air Base has got to be intimidating. The sight of the latest American F35s and F22s along with all those South Korean fighters may (more…)

Running with the nuclear football: Is acting crazy the best way to deal with Kim Jong-Un?

October 13, 2017

Tags: Trump, Trumpster, LBJ, Lyndon Johnson, Peter Arnett, Earl Wheeler, COFRAM, DMZ, Korea, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam War. Khe Sanh, General MacArthur

October 12, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Donald Trump at times engages in such flights of rhetorical fancy that a lot of people think he’s crazy or anyway unpredictable.

How can you be sure of a president who talks about destroying North Korea, who holds out “the military option” ― but professes to (more…)

South Korea’s pro-North Left can’t believe the leader they backed appears to collude with Trump

October 9, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, North Korea, nuclear, Kim Jong-un, park Geun-hye, Hong Joon-Pyo, Liberty Korea Party, Ri Yong-ho

October 8, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

SEOUL —South Korea’s outspoken radicals and leftists can hardly hide their dismay.

To the consternation of organizers of the candlelight crusade that brought down the government of the conservative Park Geun-Hye, ousted and jailed on a wide range of offenses, their one-time hero, Moon Jae-In, (more…)

north-korea's-200th-declaration-of-war-has-a-new-wrinkle

September 30, 2017

Tags: North Korea, Ri Yong-ho, Kim Jong-un, Declaration of War, The Interview, NK News, Park Jong-chul

September 29, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

North Korea has been crying wolf so often it’s hard to get too excited by the “declaration of war” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho made in New York this week.

Did not the North Koreans declare war after the release of the film “The (more…)

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