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IGNITION South Korea's president heads to the White House this week asking for more nuclear protection from the U.S. while desperately avoiding pressure to step up against Putin.
Washington's Middle East policy is a mass of confusion reflecting leaders' and policymakers' contradictions and misunderstandings, frankly uncertain of where to go and what to do about conflicting rivalries and interests.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT The banned Hwasong 17 could technically land anywhere on American soil.
Yoon pledged during his campaign to support U.S. demands for denuclearization of North Korea.
Nato's overriding consideration is that nobody wants to shed blood for Ukraine, and Putin knows it
One of the front-runners to become the next president of South Korea has been linked to a series of extraordinary scandals, but the witnesses keep disappearing.
The US is considering a 'no first use' policy, when states are seeking to modernise their nuclear arsenals rather than demanding that North Korea alone get rid of its nukes, global denuclearisation should be on the agenda
Even South Korea's pro-peace president has lost patience with U.S.-backed talks and started firing missiles.
With Moon making eyes at Pyongyang, fears grow in South Korea
North Korea is behaving like a petulant child, decrying the Tokyo Olympics after deciding not to join in the games.
The ex-Marine risked his life to help North Korean dissidents escape—possibly with the help of the CIA. So why did the U.S. slam him in jail?
In a direct challenge to Biden, the short-range missiles were launched after North Korean officials had expressed anger over joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
The generals reclaimed control and arrested Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders who tried—and failed—to install a democratic system in the country previously known as Burma.
Among the more fanciful of President Donald Trump's absurd claims is that his interaction with Kim Jong Un kept us out of war.
The fearsome intelligence agency that once served as a tool of terror for bygone South Korean dictators is morphing into an instrument for North-South reconciliation.
RESURRECTION DAY:The North Korean leader may have been fucking with us to get attention, but don't believe what the May 1 photo spread appears to show.
Not to put too fine a point on it, Trump screwed up hugely, and fatally, in the coronavirus fight, and now he wants help from the people he's still trying to screw.
By blowing away Soleimani, Trump wanted to show he is not a paper tiger. But his "disproportionate" actions may push North Korea and Iran to step up nuclear cooperation.
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Trump feeling cornered may try to distract from his troubles by lashing out at North Korea or petulantly pulling U.S. troops out of the South, or both, while Kim keeps his nukes
President Donald Trump's demands for vast increases in South Korean and Japanese payment for U.S. bases and forces trigger fears he's eager for massive withdrawals from these U.S. allies.
Donald Trump's approach to Kim Jong Un was always more show than substance—and the show can't go on.
Dead Certainties: OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea—Identifying bone fragments from those killed in the Korean War more than 65 years ago began the moment Pyongyang handed them over to the Americans.
Forensic experts from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) landing at the North Korean airport at once sought to determine if all were really human and to look for evidence of racial or ethnic origin. Apparently none of the remains belonged to animals.
Donald Kirk, from Washington, D.C., travels to South Korea, with stops in London, the middle east, India, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on crisis and confrontation, including the North Korean nuclear threat, in the post-9/11 era.
From 1997 through 2003, Don was Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, also filing for The New York Times and CBS, covering nuclear and economic crises. In addition, he has written articles for such diverse magazines as Forbes, Institutional Investor, The New Leader, National Review, The Nation, Soldier of Fortune, Kyoto Journal and Hemispheres and commentaries for The Wall Street Journal Asia, Los Angeles Times, South China Morning Post and Newsday.
Don first visited Seoul in 1972 as Far East correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and has covered major events in Korea from the assassination of President Park Chung Hee in 1979 and the Kwangju revolt in 1980 to every presidential election since adoption of the “democracy constitution” in 1987.
From 1988 to 1994, he focused on economics and labor, writing Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung, a critical study of Hyundai, Korea’s largest chaebol, and its founder. Again in Seoul, he wrote Korean Crisis: Unraveling of the Miracle in the IMF Era, published in 2000.
Don's latest book, Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent, published in hardcover by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2013, is available via kindle , and his previous book, Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine, is available in hardcover and paperback. He continues to file for CBS News/Radio and Forbes Asia and columnizes for The Korea Times, WorldTribune.com and Future Korea Weekly. The University of Maryland University College in 2004 awarded him an honorary doctorate as "one of the United States' most knowledgeable observers and commentators on Asia."
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