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Sweltering with summit fever

August 21, 2018

Posted : 2018-08-16

By Donald Kirk

Summit fever these days is as hot as the weather. We face weeks of heated debate in the run-up to a third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong-un and maybe a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim. The Moon-Kim summit is going (more…)

Time of transition for U.S. forces in Korea

July 1, 2018

June 28, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is going through agonizing changes. Cancellation of joint U.S.-South Korean war games is not the only sign of the shifting U.S. military role.

The USFK and the United Nations Command have just staged (more…)

Skeptical minds want to know: What next with North Korean denuclearization?

June 22, 2018

June 21, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The most obvious lesson of the Singapore summit is that “complete denuclearization” is mission impossible. The North Koreans since then haven’t used the “n” word ― “n” for nuclear ― while talking in generalities about the need to respect everyone’s “sovereignty” along with the statement signed (more…)

Newly-designated U.S. envoy to Seoul: ‘We are in a dramatically different place’ after summit

June 17, 2018

June 15, 2018
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

SINGAPORE – U.S. and South Korean military people are deeply concerned about the prospect of giving up joint military exercises while the presidents of both their countries remain convinced that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un is really going to get rid of his nuclear program.

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What is tough guy Kim Yong-Chol’s game and what happened in China on his way to NY?

June 2, 2018

June 1, 2018
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

It does look like Singapore is on again. You can’t have so many emissaries going back and forth, between Pyongyang and New York, between Washington and Singapore, between Pyongyang and Singapore, between Manila and Panmunjeom, without thinking these guys are serious, something’s up.

What, (more…)

I would put down my money on the summit, and here’s why

May 28, 2018

May 27, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

It is time now to calculate the odds on whether President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meet up even if not quite as scheduled on June 12 in Singapore.

I’ve heard just about everything ¯ from 99 to 1 in favor to 99 to 1 against ¯ so often (more…)

Smoke and mirrors: Kim wants world to witness destruction of already-obliterated test site

May 21, 2018

May 17, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

It’s not enough that North Korea should abruptly cancel South-North talks on military tensions and another long-awaited round of reunions of fast-fading families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Now we’re not even sure Kim Jong-Un will go through with his summit with U. (more…)

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

May 14, 2018

May 13, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

What is this disturbing nonsense we sometimes hear about a “Vietnam model” for permanent peace on the Korean peninsula?

Whoever’s talking about that either has to be joking or is totally unaware of the tragedy that befell South Vietnam after the signing of the “Paris (more…)

Both Koreas and the world want to know: What is Trump thinking?

May 8, 2018

May 7, 2018

By Donald Kirk

Forget about the U.S. pulling troops from Korea any time soon. It’s not going to happen, at least to judge by the denials from the White House and President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton.

“Utter nonsense,” was all Bolton had to say about a report that (more…)

Bolton and the plight of de-nuked dictators: Will Kim share Gadhafi’s fate?

May 5, 2018

May 4, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, may be hawkish and conservative, but at least you had to credit him with sophistication and insights on the issues and the people whom he was confronting.

In the course of many visits to (more…)

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