Proponents of a strong US policy think President Donald Trump, in relisting North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism, has done what is needed to bring Kim Jong-un to his senses. Photo: AFP

What next from Kim Jong-un, as Trump piles on the pressure over North Korea’s nuclear programme?

Donald Kirk says there is likely to be no end to the debate on what effect, if any, US sanctions or terror labels may have on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. However, hopes are that the renewed pressure will prevent any nasty surprises

Topic |   North Korea nuclear crisis

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Proponents of a strong US policy think President Donald Trump, in relisting North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism, has done what is needed to bring Kim Jong-un to his senses. 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.