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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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Special to WorldTribune.com 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 […]

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N. Korea apologizes to stop S. Korean propaganda that featured K-pop, taunted Kim for never leaving home

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

Special to WorldTribune.com The communist North Korean regime in Pyongyang is known for its belligerence and brinkmanship but not for apologizing. So when South Korean President Park Geun-Hye demanded an apology over the weekend over landmines in the demilitarized zone […]

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N. Korea deploys submarines as U.S., S. Korean fighters buzz border

South and North Korean officials during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom.

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea has deployed 70 percent of its submarine force and doubled its artillery strength near the South Korean border since Aug. 21, according to Seoul’s defense ministry. The two Koreas continued talks on Aug. 23 to […]

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U.S. troops mobilize near Korea’s DMZ as Kim declares ‘quasi state of war’

U.S. troops near Paju, South Korea on Aug. 21.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared on Aug. 21 that Pyongyang was in a “quasi-state of war,” U.S. troops were seen mobilizing at a South Korean border town. “The Korean People’s Army (KPA) front-line large combined […]

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Pyongyang scrambles to repair China ties as bad economy worsens

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is moving to improve ties with China that have been strained during much of the young leader’s brief tenure, officials and sources here say. The motive […]

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Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut. No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the […]

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South Koreans evacuated, troops on high alert after North Korean rocket attack

Evacuated South Korean residents gather at a shelter in Yeoncheon. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com South Korean artillery on Aug. 20 launched “dozens of rounds of 155mm shells” at the launch site of a North Korean rocket. The North Korean rocket was reportedly aimed at a front-line military unit in Yeoncheon, 35 […]

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N. Korea said plotting military provocation to counter ‘unusual’ unrest

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea has prepared a massive military parade and most likely military provocations in a bid to stabilize the ruling elite and the public, military and government sources here said. The […]

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UN Command: DMZ mines which injured S. Korean soldiers ‘recently emplaced’

South Korean Army Brig. Gen. and Head of Joint Investigation Ahn Young-ho shows pictures of North Korean "wooden box" land mines at the Defense Ministry in Seoul.  /Yonhap/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korea on Aug. 14 denied it planted landmines inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that injured two South Korean soldiers. South Korean military officials blamed Pyongyang for placing the mines in a neutral area of the DMZ. […]

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70 years after its ‘liberation,’ Korea still threatened by imminent war

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The looming 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and Korea’s ”liberation” reminds us of the dangers of new wars in a region where peace may be a fleeting phenomenon. North Korea, […]

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