US Vice-President Mike Pence meets acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn in Seoul on April 17. Photo: Xinhua

Why US trade deficit with China, South Korea and Japan must be making Pyongyang very happy

Donald Kirk says the US’ need for teamwork to tackle North Korea tempers its ability to exert pressure over the billions of dollars in trade deficits, a preoccupation that leaves the regime free to pursue its weapons programme

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US Vice-President Mike Pence meets acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn in Seoul on April 17. Photo: Xinhua
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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.