At the center of the Western Pacific's "Ring of Fire," Taal spews ash and rocks, and volcanologists warn of “imminent disaster” for metropolitan Manila, population 20 million.
Donald Kirk is a journalist and the author of several books about Asian affairs, including Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine (2009); Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent (2013); Kim Dae Jung and the Quest for the Nobel (with Kim Kisam, 2016)
Right in the midst of the international media hype Kim provoked with that menacing promise, North Korea muted its rhetoric and held off on dire threats.
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.
The romance is over, now the scary part begins again. A missile engine test could foreshadow new ICBM and nuclear developments with weapons able to hit anywhere in the U.S.
The president has long thought Tokyo and Seoul should do without U.S. troops and bases, and maybe get their own nukes. Now he’s squeezing them in that direction.
Kim Jong Un has cast himself of late as the bold, fearless, iconic leader literally daring to ascend the highest peaks in pursuit of power over the divided country.
Donald Trump's approach to Kim Jong Un was always more show than substance—and the show can't go on.
As new working level talks loom, Bolton was right to worry. But Kim Jong Un hated him. So will Kim have a vote on the next national security adviser? (He hates Pompeo.)
Clark Air Base and Subic Bay were symbols of America’s global might. Then the Cold War ended. Mt. Pinatubo erupted. They closed. Now China is the unassailable power in these seas.