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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




Dancing to a new tune


On Forbes' Rich List




The Sewol Tragedy








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Going rogue in Seoul: Leftists’ dream president suddenly hints South Korea should ‘go nuclear’

July 21, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, THAAD, Lotte, North Korea, nuclear, Kim Jong-un, U.S.-Korea alliance

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – The standoff on the Korean peninsula is entering a new phase. While President Moon Jae-In calls for talks with North Koreans, he is also honoring the U.S.-Korean alliance and insisting the North give up its nuclear program.

Can Moon have it both ways? He’s besieged by protesters (more…)

Exercise in terrorism: The likely cause of Otto Warmbier’s death

June 25, 2017

Tags: Otto Warmbier, North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, Robert Park, gulag system

June 22, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The death of Otto Warmbier provides a powerful reminder of the torture and terrorism perpetrated by one of the world’s most repressive regimes.

Americans are no doubt aware of the tyranny of the dynasty led by a man who revels in ordering the development of (more…)

Peace? Or should the conference theme be ‘Long live the brutal Kim dynasty’?

June 16, 2017

Tags: Warmbier, William Perry, Bruce Cumings, Christine Ahn, North Korea, Elliott School, Kim Jong-un

June 15, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – Christine Ahn, a policy analyst with the Korea Peace Network, had what appeared to be good news as she opened a conference here with the portentous title, “Off Ramps to War: Paths to Building Peace with North Korea.”

Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student (more…)

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

May 20, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un, North Korean missile, Sunshine policy, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-hyun, THAAD, KORUS FTA

May 19, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Would Kim Jong-Un mind giving Moon Jae-In a break?

More than any other South Korean leader in years, Moon would like nothing better than to be the one to bring about North-South reconciliation. Wouldn’t it be great, Moon’s newly appointed former activists must be (more…)

South Korea’s new leadership has a record of promoting summitry with North Korea

May 13, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Suh Hoon, THAAD, Hong Joon-pyo, Ahn Cheol-soo, Parm Geun-hye, Trump, North Korea, South Korea, Kim Jong-un, Sunshine policy, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moon-hyun

May 11, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The drama of South Korean history opens a tumultuous new act with the election of a liberal labor lawyer who has promised both to bring about detente with North Korea and satisfy the demands of restive masses fed up with alleged rightist abuses.

Whether Moon Jae-In (more…)

Brotherly love lost: More trouble in communism’s first and last dynasty

February 18, 2017

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Kim Jonmg-nam, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur airport, Macau, Hwang Won, Hwang In-cheol

By World Tribune on February 16, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk

Kim Jong-Nam showed the warm and human face of North Korea’s dynastic family.

You had to like the guy, judging from sightings in the gambling enclave of Macau, across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong off China’s southeastern coast. (more…)

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

September 10, 2016

Tags: North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye, Vladimir Putin

By World Tribune on September 8, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

You have to credit the North Koreans with chutzpah ― the Yiddish word for “nerve,” brazen arrogance or insolence, all in untranslatable exclamation.

The leaders of the world’s 20 strongest, most powerful nations were gathered in a solemn conclave in China, and (more…)

Surreal world: Ever notice how celebrity visitors to N. Korea have nothing to say about horrors there?

June 11, 2016

Tags: North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Muhammad Ali, Inoki, Ric Flair, Gloria Steinem, Yanji, Rason, Chongjin, Nobel Peace Prize

By World Tribune on June 9, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

DonKirk3By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

North Korea, that is the people who run the place, likes nothing better than endorsements from foreign visitors.

The list of foreigners paying obeisance to the Kim regime, Kim Jong-Un and his father and grandfather before him, is quite (more…)

Art of the deal: How about a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un at the Korean DMZ?

May 29, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, Hillary Clinton, JSA, DMZ, Korea, Workers' Party, Vietnam

By World Tribune on May 26, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

Donald Trump may be running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential sweepstakes if the polls are at all credible, but there’s one constituency in which he appears to be well ahead. That’s within (more…)

The South Korean split over Gwangju revolt still festers, empowering the North

May 20, 2016

Tags: Gwangju uprising, May 18, Kim Dae-jung, Chun Doo-hwan, Gwangju, North Korea, Kim Jong-un

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

GWANGJU ― The ghosts of the uprising of May 18, 1980, hover over this old but new city in a restive spirit that shows the disunity, the factional splits and the regional hatreds that persist in undermining the ability of South Korea to stand effectively against challenges (more…)

South Korea’s Park rains on Kim Jong Un’s coronation parade

May 6, 2016

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang, Party Congress, Iran, Tehran, Park Geun-hye, South Korea, axix of evil, Iraq, President George W. Bush

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Kim Jong-Un celebrates his “coronation” in Pyongyang Friday while forgetting about one unpleasant reality that deepens North Korea’s isolation in an already hostile world.
He presides over North Korea’s biggest-ever party, the Seventh Workers’ Party Congress, while Iran, his longtime partner in nuclear (more…)

A filmmaker’s stealth coup: Zooming in on North Korean mind control

April 29, 2016

Tags: Vitaly Manski, A State of Mind, Under the Sun, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Zin Mi, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky has managed to bamboozle his North Korean hosts in a confidence game that’s one of the greater journalistic coups ever scored against the regime.
Mansky, having given the North Koreans the clear impression that he wanted to collaborate fully (more…)

Burma and North Korea? No comparison

February 19, 2016

Tags: Myanmar, Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, Shan, Yangon, Kaesong Industrial Complex

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Comparisons between North Korea and Burma (also known as Myanmar) over the years have suggested that the two nations share some of the same problems.
However, even in the worst periods of military dictatorship, Burma never bore any similarity to North Korea. The contrast extends (more…)

Conflicting U.S. views on conflict resolution with N. Korea: What if there is no solution?

January 28, 2016

Tags: Donald Gregg, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, East Asia Foundation, Park Geun-hye, Evans Revere

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to Korea as the country was making the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, did not take kindly to my column [A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un] in which I quoted him, accurately, as (more…)

A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un

January 23, 2016

Tags: Donald Gregg, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, nuclear program, fouirth nuclear test, Hwang Pyong-so, Kim Yang-gon, Kim Jong-il

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Donald Gregg, former U.S. ambassador to Korea, makes an astounding statement in a piece published after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test.
Striking “a very positive note,” he praises “the performance of Kim Jong-Un in improving the North Korean economy and downplaying nuclear threats (more…)

Asian summitry roars to a climax: With so much talk, what could go wrong?

October 31, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, Li Keqiang, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Putin, trilateral summit, Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
It’s the season for summits with heavy overtones for Northeast Asia. After President Park Geun-Hye met President Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing, after Xi met Obama in Washington, after President Putin saw Obama at the United Nations and Xi (more…)

Asian summitry roars to a climax: With so much talk, what could go wrong?

October 31, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, Li Keqiang, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Putin, trilateral summit, Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
It’s the season for summits with heavy overtones for Northeast Asia. After President Park Geun-Hye met President Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing, after Xi met Obama in Washington, after President Putin saw Obama at the United Nations and Xi (more…)

China’s loud signal to North Korea reminded Kim Jong-Un he’s not his own man

August 27, 2015

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Park Geun-hye, Xi Jinping, China, North Korea, Demilitarized Zone, DMZ, Korean War

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Conflict with South Korea is a gambit that North Korea cannot afford.
Much as leader Kim Jong-Un may have yearned to humiliate the South by ordering gunfire against the mega-loudspeakers broadcasting music, news and invidious commentary into the North from below the Demilitarized Zone, he (more…)

Shared Pain of War and Colonisation Does Little to Heal Korea's Bitter Divisions

August 14, 2015

Tags: North Korea, South Korea, liberation, Japanese surrender, Kim Jong-un, Lee Hee-ho, Dangun, Shinzo Abe

COMMENT›INSIGHT & OPINION
Donald Kirk sees no sign of a breakthrough in North-South relations, despite efforts to bridge the gap, as they separately mark their liberation from colonial rule

The tragedy of Korea is that "liberation" on August 15, 1945, was the prelude not to lasting peace and freedom but to the division of the peninsula (more…)

Korea Still Threatened by Imminent War 70 Years After Japan's Surrender

August 13, 2015

Tags: Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Noth Korea, 70th anniversary, Japan surrender, Lee Hee-ho, Korea Liberation

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — The looming 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and Korea’s ”liberation” reminds us of the dangers of new wars in a region where peace may be a fleeting phenomenon. North Korea, writhing under the humiliation of the failure of “Great Leader” Kim Il-Sung’ (more…)

Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

July 24, 2015

Tags: Kim Jong-un, NIS, National Intelligence Service, Silvio Berlusconi, cyber espionate, Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare.
Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how to separate the meaningless, which means almost everything, from the inside clues that (more…)

One man is eating hearty up in Pyongyang

June 21, 2015

Tags: Kim Jong-un, World Food Program, WFP, KCNA, North Korea, food shortage, Hyon Yong-chol, Kaesong Industrial Complex, Choco-pie

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
You have to wonder what Kim Jong-Un is eating these days.
Every time his picture appears visiting a military unit or a factory or an agricultural cooperative, he seems to have gained a kilogram or two. What’s he feasting on? What’s his favorite (more…)

And what is AP’s Pyongyang bureau reporting about ‘The Interview’? Absolutely nothing

January 1, 2015

Tags: The Interview, Associated Press, Pyongyang. AP, KCNA, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kim Jong-un, Sony, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
By now so many people have seen “The Interview” that it almost seems ridiculous to think that Sony briefly banned its release. The film is so accessible that Sony’s main problem may be how to get people to pay to see it when anyone (more…)

Many motives for the cyber-attack on ‘The Interview’

December 26, 2014

Tags: The Interview, Sony, Rogen, Franco, Sony, North Korea, Kim Jong-un

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
Maybe we should all be thankful. No harm done in this Sony/North Korea flap; just a war of words. A torrent of them, in fact, but so far no fatalities, no injuries, merely hurt feelings, stunned outrage, routine mass media sturm and drang.
Ok, (more…)

Cane or swagger stick? We report, you decide

October 16, 2014

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Kim Il-sung, Hwang Pyong-so, Kim dynasty

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
Why do the North Koreans simply refuse to follow the logic and needs of foreign analysts when it comes to the timing of great events?
Here everyone was saying that Kim Jong-Un had to show up for the 69th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party one week (more…)

Unbelievable: Take your pick of unlikely North Korean power play theories

October 9, 2014

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Asian Games, Hwang Pyong-so, Choe Ryong-hae, Kim Yong-gon, Kim Kwan-jin, Ryoo Kihl-Jae

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The world seems to be missing Kim Jong-un.
The porcine image of this overweight 30-something reviewing his troops or wagging a finger at a map or “ordering” a missile test had become a media staple until he vanished from view in early September.
Oh, we also like to read (more…)