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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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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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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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Obama may be tempted to leave the budgeting of a credible U.S. Asian presence to his successor

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The temptation to slash defense spending is overwhelming. Why worry about huge standing forces overseas when they’re not deployed much except on military exercises and war games that are repetitious and boring? Easy […]

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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

Silvio Berlusconi

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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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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