South Korean demonstrators shoot off firecrackers to celebrate the impeachment of Park Geun-hye during a candlelight rally last Saturday. Photo: AFP

With Park Geun-hye’s exit, jockeying begins for power over the fate of Korean peninsula

Donald Kirk says in South Korea, the liberals and conservatives are gearing up for a showdown in the upcoming presidential election, even as the US and China weigh in to try and break the impasse over THAAD and, ultimately, how to deal with a belligerent North Korea

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South Korean demonstrators shoot off firecrackers to celebrate the impeachment of Park Geun-hye during a candlelight rally last Saturday. Photo: AFP
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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.