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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

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…)

Playing defense: Who are Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump kidding with their war of words?

September 25, 2017

Tags: Kim Jong-un, rocket man, President Trump, North Korea, UN General Assembly, Moon Jae-in, Shinzo Abe, Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang

September 24, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

It wasn’t exactly a declaration of war, but it did come close. What else to make of President Trump’s remark that the U.S. might “totally destroy North Korea”? It was one thing to belittle Kim Jong-Un as “rocket man” but quite another to (more…)

Oil for N. Korea: China much angrier at THAAD than Pyongyang’s nukes

September 16, 2017

Tags: President Moon, sanctions, UN Security Council, Kang Kyungwha, Kim Jongun, US bases, Korea, Guam, THAAD, U.S Korea alliance, Donald Trump, H.R. McMaster

September 15, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

President Moon Jae-In has to be a master of the art of compromise. He was all for the latest watered-down UN sanctions that cut down but don’t cut off the flow of oil from China and Russia to North Korea.

The U.S. would far (more…)

Pax Koreana? In their dreams

September 8, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, THAAD, North Korea, nuclear, Kim Jong-un, KORUS

September 7, 2017

By Donald Kirk

Donald Trump doesn’t get it. He warns South Korea about “appeasement,” but who’s appeasing whom?

Yes, President Moon Jae-In, hero of the candlelight protests that lofted him as the liberal darling into the presidency after the ouster of the conservative Park Geun-Hye, would love to go down in (more…)

Korean sovereignty: When ‘peace’ advocates say the ‘people’ they don’t mean South Koreans

September 2, 2017

Tags: Korea, peace treaty, Korea Policy Institute, Paul Liem, proNorth, Kim Jong-un, New People's Party, Moon Jae-in, Democratic Party of Korea

August 31, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

One demand you don’t hear South Korean leaders making whenever North Korea pops off another missile is, “Oh, let’s sign a peace treaty, and everything will be okay.”

That’s partly because, if there’s one party with whom North (more…)

Information War: Here’s how to bring the brutal North Korean regime to its knees

August 26, 2017

Tags: fire and fury, sound and fury, donald trump, north korea, kim jong-un, propaganda leaflets, president moon jae-in, guam, missiles, nuclear

By World Tribune on August 24, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Donald Trump’s notion of “fire and fury” for North Korea inspires cheers, fears and jeers. Is he threatening the biblical “fire and brimstone,” or does his rhetoric more closely resemble Shakespeare’s “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and (more…)

Dreaming: What if Kim Jong-Un wanted to prove he is human? Here’s how

August 19, 2017

Tags: Kim Jongun, Guam, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, Korean-American, Warmbier, Pyongyang, Rason

By World Tribune on August 18, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Small gestures would be so helpful in bringing about reconciliation with North Korea.

Take, for instance, the cases of the three U.S. citizens still held in the North. They are all Korean-Americans, two of them former teachers at the Pyongyang University (more…)

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