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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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

On their minds in South Korea’s island paradise: Visions of peace … and returning Chinese tourists

August 11, 2017

Tags: THAAD, Rev Mun, Jeju, Naval base, Gangjeong, CIA, Moon Jae-in, North Korea, Peace Academy

By World Tribune on August 10, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

GANGJEONG, Jeju: Upstaged by THAAD ― that’s the sad fate of the gaggle of dutiful protesters who pray and hold signs aloft and march in front of the main entrance to the gleaming new Republic of Korea naval base on the southern (more…)

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…)

Heartburn in Pyongyang as ‘puppet’ from Seoul visits White House

July 9, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, pro-North, Trump, White House, summit, THAAD, Rodong Sinmun, Kimg Jong-un, North Korea

July 6, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – Pro-Northers have got to be more than a little disappointed by the recent summit between the presidents of the Republic of Korea and the United States.

Judging from all the blather they were emitting before the summit, the pro-North crowd would have far rather seen (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…)

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…)

Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

April 28, 2017

Tags: North Korea, Joel Wit, Christopher Hill, Robert Gallucci, Nicholas Kristof, Carl Vinson, Moon Jae-in, Korean War, truce, treaty

April 27, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

An interviewer for a radio station in Boston, winding up one of those Q&A’s to which journalists are subjected, asked, What would you do to resolve the North Korean “problem?”

I answered, “I have no solution, no idea, no clue.” While that response might (more…)

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

March 25, 2017

Tags: Stars and Stripes, Taegukgi, Park Geun-hye, Moon Jae-in, Seoul protest, candlelight vigil

March 23, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The sight of the American Stars and Stripes among the Taegukgi held high by loyalists to Park Geun-Hye is a reminder of the historical depth of ties among mostly aging Koreans to the country that rescued the South from annihilation by North Korea and China in (more…)

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