South Korean soldiers take part in a joint military exercise with the US near the Demilitarised Zone in Paju, South Korea. Photo: EPA

North Korea’s insistence on a ‘peace treaty’ aims only to divert attention from its nuclear programme

Donald Kirk says North Korea’s demand for peace talks to end a war that’s already ended must not be entertained if its nuclear ambitions are off limits

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South Korean soldiers take part in a joint military exercise with the US near the Demilitarised Zone in Paju, South Korea. Photo: EPA
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.