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Slaughter on the ‘Northern Limit Line': A day for war and soccer

Scene from a new film 'Northern Limit Line' that has generated widespread interest in South Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com For several hours on June 29, 2002, images of warships in the West or Yellow Sea filled television screens in Korea. I was in Seoul watching avidly as reports of a raging battle […]

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Defector: Defense minister executed for challenging budget decision

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korea’s cash flow has tightened significantly due to its growing trade deficit and internal struggles over the allocation of funds from the exports of natural resources. The country’s trade deficit jumped 41.2 […]

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U.S., UK, Germany, Japan still still largest donors for critical global poverty program

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler PARIS — International development assistance still remains a vital element in reducing global poverty. What’s known as Official Development Assistance (ODA) has now reached record levels of over $135 billion annually and is […]

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The militarization of a China its rulers want you to think is just a peaceful, growing economy

Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi  during the U.S. China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. / Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Sol W. Sanders As the Chinese and the Americans sat down for the seventh of their annual two-day meeting [June 22-24], set up in 2009 to maintain bilateral cooperation despite growing differences, a major transformation of the Chinese regime was […]

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South Korea and Japan struggle to move beyond bitter history to address China threat

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com It’s a time for anniversaries and memories of the tragedies that have afflicted Northeast Asia over the past century. On Tuesday, the Japanese remembered the horror of the single worst battle in Asian […]

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Report: North Korea’s execution of defense minister confirmed

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Special to WorldTribune.com Inside North Korea, EastAsiaIntel.com Gen. Hyon Yong-chol, the highest ranking North Korean uniformed officer, was indeed executed in late April, as initially reported by the South Korean intelligence agency but has remained unconfirmed until now. Hyon had […]

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Were spies endangered by Russia, China access to Snowden files?

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The Sunday Times report that Britain was pulling its spies out of hostile nations because their identities may have been compromised by Russian and Chinese access to the Snowden files raised an […]

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After its disastrous diplomacy with North Korea, why is U.S. pushing for an Iran deal?

Negotiators for the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear crisis. From left, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alexeyev, Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Kenichiro Sasae, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan and South Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Song Min-soon in Beijing on Sept. 13, 2005. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang Last month on May 20, the Defense Commission of North Korea (DPRK) claimed that the nation had built nuclear weapons small enough to be delivered by missiles. A statement carried by Pyongyang’s official […]

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China cyber attack stole data dating back 25 years, may have impacted military and intelligence officials

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Special to WorldTribune.com China’s recent hacking of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) included millions of personnel files that go back at least 25 years. Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, who worked in the Justice Department during the George […]

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Kim’s older brothers — one in China — still seen as viable options

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korea has from the outset been dominated by the monolithic leadership of the “suryong (chieftain).” In the totalitarian environment created in the northern half of the Korean peninsula after World War II, […]

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