In a Major Shift, South Korea Defies Its Alliance With Japan

by Tim Shorrock A bitter dispute between South Korea and Japan over compensation for Korean victims of Japan’s war crimes escalated last week when Seoul announced that it would terminate a 2016 bilateral agreement with Tokyo to share classified military… Continue Reading  

Perry: Korean Peace Would Remove Rationale for US Military in Okinawa

by Tim Shorrock A successful negotiation between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un would have enormous ramifications for the East Asia region, including removing the US rationale for stationing military forces in the Japanese prefecture of… Continue Reading  

Taking Russia’s Stark Warning on North Korea Seriously

by Tim Shorrock As the US media obsesses about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. elections, it is ignoring nearly everything else about the Putin government’s role in the world. But recent warnings from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the… Continue Reading  

North Korea Tests Its Third ICBM: What’s Next?

by Tim Shorrock After 74 days of silence, North Korea test-fired its third and most successful intercontinental ballistic missile to date on Tuesday night, triggering another frenzied response from the US media and the usual bluster from Washington hawks pining… Continue Reading  

As Trump Slams Pyongyang, Seoul Begins Shift

by Tim Shorrock After returning from his Asia trip this week, President Trump went on national television to laud the accomplishments he apparently thought the US media had missed on his highly publicized swing through Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and… Continue Reading