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Donald Kirk and Kisam Kim explain in detail the campaign of the president of Korea for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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
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…)

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…)

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…)

U.S.-North Korea-China peace treaty? Bad idea

June 30, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Korea, Peace treaty, Panmunjom, President Trump, Korea-US summit, Paik Sun-Yup

June 29, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – The good news about President Moon Jae-In’s summitry with President Donald Trump this week is they’re talking as partners in the drive to end North Korea’s nuclear program and bring about inter-Korean reconciliation.

A major barrier to cooperation, however, is loose talk (more…)

Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

April 8, 2017

Tags: ThAAD, Trump, Xi Jinping, Mar-a-Logo, Korea, China

April 6, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

From the outset, the idea of implanting a Star Wars weapon capable of zapping an enemy missile 150 kilometers above the earth’s surface had to be controversial.

The real problem from the South Korean viewpoint initially was, what for ― what we really need are short and (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
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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…)

How the U.S. handles the baddest of bad actors: ISIL, Cuba and North Korea

March 25, 2016

Tags: ISIL, ISIS, Obama, Cuba, Havana, Brussels, War on Terror, Castro, Korea, Cheonan, Mariel

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON – The hype surrounding President Obama’s visit to Cuba quickly gave way to fear and loathing as the world absorbed the news of the slaughter perpetrated in Brussels, for which ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, immediately claimed “credit.”
No sooner were (more…)

Back in the USA and tracking the news on Interstate 40: North Korea? Where?

March 24, 2016

Tags: I-40, Korea, Little Rock, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Mexico, presidential campaign

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas ― North Korea’s top gun will have to try harder if he expects his threats of another nuclear test will win serious consideration in a U.S. presidential election year.
Driving through the American heartland, you hear hardly a thing about (more…)

Bush and Obama didn’t have the answers; Now Americans take a look at Trump

December 12, 2015

Tags: Donald Trump, ISIS, ISIL, President Obama, Iraq, Syria, John Kerry, Korea, Vietnam

Bush and Obama didn’t have the answers; Now Americans take a look at Trump
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON ― First he was talking about kicking out all 12 million “illegal immigrants” in the U.S., and now he wants to exclude Muslims from the right to enter the U. (more…)

Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

August 20, 2015

Tags: Shinzo Abe, World War II, Japan apology, Japan remorse, Dokdo, Takeshima, comfort women, Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut.
No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the target of intensive criticism. The fact is the Japanese are done with (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…)

As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

April 17, 2015

Tags: Manohar Parrikar, India, Korea, Pakistan, China, Lakhvinder Singh, arms sales, Great Game

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions.
Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s why India’s defense minister, Manohar Parrikar is in Seoul (more…)

2 tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

March 26, 2015

Tags: Lee Kuan Yew, Park Chung-hee, Kim Dae-jung, Singapore, Korea, Kim Il-sung, Park Geun-hye, Lee Hsien Loong, Chun Doo-hwan

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built up their countries. Weak leaders are often regarded as mediocrities, especially if (more…)

Strangely Shifting Alliances: Vietnam Today, North Korea Later?

August 21, 2014

Tags: General Martin Dempsey, General Do Ba Ky, Vietnam, Korea

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the U.S. shipping arms to the regime that dealt the U.S. the (more…)

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