North Korean “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un inspects the test-firing of a strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile at an undisclosed location. Photo: AFP/ KCNA via KNS

A US-Seoul-Tokyo alliance is more crucial than ever as Kim chases his nuclear dream

Donald Kirk says a tight three-way defence grouping would not only help ease the legacy of bitterness in East Asia, but also give powerful leverage to efforts to contain North Korea

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North Korean “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un inspects the test-firing of a strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile at an undisclosed location. Photo: AFP/ KCNA via KNS
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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.