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

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

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 seem like an abject display of ignorance or […]

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Amid the Korean nuclear showdown, don’t forget the trade gap that threatens the western alliance

Amid the Korean nuclear showdown, don’t forget the trade gap that threatens the western alliance

By Donald Kirk All the talk over what to do with North Korea overlooks one problem to which people are not paying that much attention. That’s the yawning gap in trade between the U.S. and all its leading trade partners. It’s a lot easier to grasp the significance of a North Korean nuclear warhead attached […]

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

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

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 mid-range missiles for not only […]

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Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

By Donald Kirk The prospect of Park Geun-Hye going to jail in the most sweeping political scandal in modern Korean history inspires invidious comparisons. Who, actually, was the most corrupt president since promulgation of the “democracy constitution” in 1987 at the height of demonstrations as massive as those we have witnessed in central Seoul since […]

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Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

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 the Korean War. Some Americans, seeing […]

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War? Explosive tensions are mounting on the Korean peninsula

War? Explosive tensions are mounting on the Korean peninsula

By Donald Kirk Suddenly the outlook for keeping the peace on the Korean peninsula has taken an alarming turn for the worse. We’ve long been accustomed to the threat of Korean War II, but now it’s looking like more than a scary mirage. China is up in arms over the arrival of the first elements […]

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Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat

Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat

By Donald Kirk The poisoning of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un should make everyone painfully aware of a category of “weapons of mass destruction” that’s overlooked in the controversy over nuclear devices. In all the negotiations, recriminations, talk and double-talk about North Korea’s nuclear menace, little is said about the North’s highly […]

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Fake news and false flags: According to Kim Jong-Un, the CIA killed his brother

Fake news and false flags: According to Kim Jong-Un, the CIA killed his brother

By Donald Kirk The assassination of Kim Jong-Nam promises to go down as one of those weird acts of terrorism that North Korea, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, will forever deny having perpetrated. The prevarication and obfuscation in this case would appear a little more ornate than North Korea’s unending denials […]

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Brotherly love lost: More trouble in communism’s first and last dynasty

Brotherly love lost: More trouble in communism’s first and last dynasty

By Donald Kirk Kim Jong-Nam showed the warm and human face of North Korea’s dynastic family. You had to like the guy, judging from sightings in the gambling enclave of Macau, across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong off China’s southeastern coast. One time he was spotted in a Macao bus. Another time he […]

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Showdown: Historically, trade wars lead to real wars

Showdown: Historically, trade wars lead to real wars

By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump’s most fearsome offensive on the world stage has nothing to do with immigration reform, or building that wall all along the U.S. border with Mexico, or defense or treaty alliances or the North Korean nuke-and-missile threat. It’s all about U.S. trade relations with the rest of the world. When […]

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