Anti-war activists hold a banner showing a caricature of US President Donald Trump during a rally near the US embassy in Seoul on September 27. Part of the banner reads, “If war breaks out, only those on the Korean peninsula will die”. Photo: AFP

200 reasons why North Korea declaring war is nothing new

Donald Kirk says it’s worth remembering, amid all the tension, that Pyongyang has cried wolf many times in the past 20 years, and perhaps it’s now worth considering long-term peace solutions

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Anti-war activists hold a banner showing a caricature of US President Donald Trump during a rally near the US embassy in Seoul on September 27. Part of the banner reads, “If war breaks out, only those on the Korean peninsula will die”. 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.