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Hither and Yon

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

October 27, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

TOKYO -- The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” ― the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly ― portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast Asia.

Yes, Abe would dearly like to revise Japan’ Read More 
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The Seoul Air Show, an exercise by U.S. ‘decapitation’ team and daydreams of a Trump-Kim sit-down at the DMZ

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  Read More 
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South Korea’s pro-North Left can’t believe the leader they backed appears to collude with Trump

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,  Read More 
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north-korea's-200th-declaration-of-war-has-a-new-wrinkle

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

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  Read More 
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Pax Koreana? In their dreams

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

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

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

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

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  Read More 
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