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Hither and Yon

About those euphoric Korea peace talks: A trip down memory lane

March 8, 2018
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Don’t hold your breath. We’ve been disappointed so often in moves toward North-South reconciliation that it’s hard to believe any face-to-face talks between President Moon Jae-In and North Korea’s “respected leader” Kim Jong-Un will lead to resolution of  Read More 
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Turns out the U.S. may not be able to afford Korean War II

By World Tribune on December 14, 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON -- A lot of people here, from right to left politically, think war on the Korean peninsula is imminent.

Kim Jong-Un, they say, is eager to order a seventh nuclear test as well as test shots of intercontinental ballistic missiles. And would  Read More 
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Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

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  Read More 
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LAT Op-Ed: A textbook war divides South Korea

Donald Kirk
SEOUL — For years, the South Korean government and private Korean organizations have objected to Japanese textbooks that convey a rather sunny version of Japan's imperial and colonial history. Now a textbook controversy is turning Koreans against Koreans, and exposing deep divisions in Korean life.

All sides acknowledge that young South Koreans need  Read More 
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Still forgetting the ‘Forgotten War’ after all these years

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON-- You know how forgotten is the Korean War when you see a documentary about the young correspondents who battled U.S. officialdom in the early years of the Vietnam War and hear comparisons between Vietnam and World War II, Vietnam and Iraq ― and not  Read More 
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China’s loud signal to North Korea reminded Kim Jong-Un he’s not his own man

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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  Read More 
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Betraying our allies: Lessons unlearned by less-than-compassionate foreign policy liberals

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SAIGON — It’s become fashionable among intellectuals from left and right to talk about the Vietnam War in terms of “lessons learned.”
Better yet, critics of U.S. policy write and talk about “lessons not learned.” One of the latter emailed asking me to tell  Read More 
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