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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Teach-in on Prospects for Peace in the Korean Peninsula


On the 65th anniversary of the armistice to the Korean war, we want to discuss the following questions to better understand the evolving political circumstances on the Korean peninsula:

How can we make sense of what’s happening?
What needs to be happening?
What can we do?

- Granny Peace Brigade
- 민중당 뉴욕연대 Minjung Solidarity of New York
- Veterans for Peace NYC
- Peace Action New York State
- Catholic Workers
- Pax Christi Metro New York
- U.S. Labor Against the War - NYC Chapter
- International League of Peoples’ Struggle-US


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Statement of Unity by Korean Americans and Allies

Statement of Unity by Korean Americans and Allies
on the Historic Inter-Korean Summit and the Upcoming U.S.-North Korea Summit
(June 7, 2018)

Since the historic April 27 summit between the leaders of North and South Korea at Panmunjom, longstanding tensions and war threats on the Korean peninsula have given way to the promise of peace and reconciliation. Soon, another historic summit, between the United States and North Korea, will take place in Singapore. The two parties, which not too long ago were on the brink of war, will finally sit down to discuss a peaceful settlement to the Korean War. All eyes of the world will be on this momentous event, which could determine not only the fate of the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia but also the prospect of global peace.

We—Korean Americans who have long fought for peace and the self-determined unification of the Korean peninsula, and allies who stand on the side of peace and justice and share a critical stake in the struggle for peace in Korea—wish to make clear our views on the recent inter-Korean summit and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit.

1. We applaud the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.

In the Panmunjom Declaration, the leaders of North and South Korea “solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun.” They also pledged to work together for independent unification.

The two leaders held hands as they crossed back and forth over the military demarcation line, demonstrating that the arbitrary line no longer has the power it once possessed as a symbol of division and confrontation. Should the governments of North and South Korea as well as the 80 million Koreans on the peninsula and the diaspora come together to implement the Panmunjom Declaration, we can realize peace, prosperity, and unification of the Korean Peninsula.

2. We welcome the U.S.-North Korea summit.

We hope the scheduled U.S.-North Korea summit will end seven decades of hostile relations between the United States and North Korea and usher in a new era of peace—on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia as well as for the rest of the world.
We recommend the following:

1) The United States and North Korea should agree to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and faithfully carry out the agreement.

In the Panmunjom Declaration, North and South Korea “confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.” Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula means not only eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons but also denuclearizing the land, air, and seas of the entire peninsula. This is not North Korea’s obligation alone. South Korea and the United States, which has in the past introduced and deployed close to one thousand tactical nuclear weapons in the southern half of the peninsula, also need to take concrete steps to create a nuclear-free peninsula.

The plan to “denuclearize the Korean peninsula” is clearly outlined in the following past agreements:

• The 1992 Joint Declaration of South and North Korea on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula;
• The 1994 Agreed Framework between the USA and DPRK; and
• The 2005 Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six Party Talks.

In the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six Party Talks, North Korea “committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs,” while the United States “affirmed that it has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack or invade the DPRK with nuclear or conventional weapons,” and South Korea “reaffirmed its commitment not to receive or deploy nuclear weapons in accordance with the 1992 Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while affirming that there exist no nuclear weapons within its territory.”

In keeping with the recent inter-Korean summit, the U.S.-North Korea summit should produce an agreement for the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and ban the testing, production, reception, possession, storage, stationing, and/or use of nuclear weapons on the entire Korean Peninsula. Moreover, the United States should stop all military action and exercises that deploy or introduce its strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula and abolish its nuclear umbrella over South Korea.

Genuine peace on the Korean peninsula, which has housed nuclear weapons in both the North and the South and has been the site of acute military tensions for decades, should set a historic precedent and lead to global nuclear disarmament. Starting with the United States, all nuclear powers should take concrete steps to create a nuclear-free world.

2) A peace treaty is necessary for a lasting peace system on the Korean Peninsula.

The Panmunjom Declaration states, “During this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the Armistice, South and North Korea agreed to actively pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China with a view to declaring an end to the War, turning the armistice into a peace treaty, and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.”

After the Korean War, the United States and North Korea signed an armistice that established a highly unstable system that has been at the root of all subsequent war threats on the Korean Peninsula. It’s time to declare an end to the Korean War and replace the armistice with a peace treaty to build a stable and lasting peace system on the Korean Peninsula. Only a peace treaty will prevent further threats of nuclear and conventional war on the Korean Peninsula.

The United States and North Korea should take immediate mutual steps to prevent military conflict and alleviate tensions. They should establish and maintain a military hotline and communications channel and halt all military exercises and other provocative actions. The United States should withdraw the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. And in step with North and South Korea, which have agreed to “carry out disarmament in a phased manner” in the Panmunjom Declaration, U.S. Forces in Korea should take corresponding measures to reduce its troops.

3) The United States and North Korea should end hostilities and normalize relations.

The 2000 US-DPRK Joint Communique states, “Recognizing that improving ties is a natural goal in relations among states and that better relations would benefit both nations in the 21st century while helping ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. and the D.P.R.K. sides stated that they are prepared to undertake a new direction in their relations.”

After agreeing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and replace the armistice with a peace treaty, the United States and North Korea should begin talks to establish normal relations. As they did in the 2000 Joint Communique, the United States and North Korea should reaffirm “principles of respect for each other’s sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs” and a “commitment to make every effort in the future to build a new relationship free from past enmity.” The United States and North Korea should normalize relations and promote civilian exchanges in the areas of economy, culture, science, education, sports, and travel to foster mutual understanding between the peoples of both countries.

Above all, the United States needs to abolish its seven-decade policy of hostility and sanctions that isolate North Korea. It should lift all sanctions tied to North Korea’s nuclear program, take North Korea off the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and unfreeze North Korea’s assets. It should allow U.S. citizens to freely travel to North Korea. The United States and North Korea should also cooperate to recover the remains of U.S. servicemen in North Korea from the time of the Korean War as a step to addressing unresolved humanitarian issues and ending hostile relations.

3. We urge Washington’s political leaders to put aside party politics for peace.

Past negotiations between the United States and North Korea have yielded meaningful moments of cooperation. There have been times when both sides made significant compromises with the shared goal of overcoming past hostilities and moving toward normalizing relations. They have produced outstanding agreements—the 1993 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement, the 1994 Agreed Framework, the 2000 U.S.-DPRK Joint Communique, and the 2005 Joint Declaration of the Six Party Talks—that outline a path for resolving the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula, creating a lasting peace system, and normalizing relations between the two countries.

However, none of these agreements were implemented. As a result, mistrust between the United States and North Korea only deepened and ultimately led us to the brink of nuclear war. With each change in administration in the United States, hard-won agreements made by the previous administration were essentially scrapped as the incoming administration adopted a default anti-North Korea posture. In light of this history, we have concerns about whether an agreement produced by the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit will actually be honored by the current and future administrations. Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal underscores this concern.

The Trump administration should approach the upcoming summit with North Korea with sincerity and a commitment to carrying out whatever agreement is reached. We also urge Congress to put aside partisan interests in the historic interest of achieving peace in Korea and the world. We urge Congress to resolve to support the Panmunjom Declaration between North and South Korea and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit.

4. We stand with all who struggle for a just and peaceful world.

The actions of the Trump and previous administrations have been detrimental to peace in the world. The United States is responsible for endless war in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, bloodshed in Gaza, and escalating tension with Iran. While it pours billions of dollars into waging wars and maintaining troops abroad, its people face widespread unemployment and austerity programs that cut them off from decent education, healthcare and housing. U.S. militarism abroad has also led to increased militarization of the police and state-sanctioned violence against communities of color and gender non-conforming people at home. 

We stand with people of conscience everywhere who defend peace, self-determination, and justice. It is our hope that the Korean Peninsula–once a land of strife, brutalized by over a century of colonization, division and war–will become a source of strength and inspiration for all as a beacon for peace, reconciliation, and unification in the twenty-first century.


Korean American Organizations (In alphabetical order)
615 U.S. Midwest Committee (6.15 공동선언실천 미국중부위원회)
615U.S. New York Committee (6.15 공동선언실천 뉴욕지역위원회)
615 U.S. West Coast Committee (6.15 공동선언실천 미서부위원회)
Action One Korea (AOK)
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation (임창영 •이보배 교육재단)
Citizen for Equality, Peace And Liberation (평등평화해방)
Citizens Fighting for Social Justice (정상추 네트워크)
Coalition of Koreans in America (미주희망연대)
Deoham Korean American Community Church (시카고 더함교회)
Eclipse Rising
Fight For Voter’s Rights (유권자 권리를 소중히 여기는 사람들의 모임)
Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (호박)
Hope Coalition of New York (희망세상 뉴욕모임)
Houston Sewol HAMBI (휴스턴 세월호 함께 맞는 비)
KA Alliance for Peace on the Korean Peninsula (한반도 평화를 위한 미주동포연대)
Korea Culture & Heritage Society of NY (민족문제연구소 뉴욕지부)
Korea is One (우리는 하나)
Korea Policy Institute (코리아정책연구소)
Korean American National Coordinating Council (재미동포전국연합회)
Korean American Women Veterans Association (한국계 여성 제대 군인 모임)
Korean Americans for Social Justice – Chicago (시카고 한인 민주연대)
Korean Peace Alliance (진보의 벗)
Minjung Solidarity of New York (민중당 뉴욕연대)
NANUM Corean Cultural Center (우리문화나눔회)
National Association of Korean Americans (미주동포전국협회)
National Institute of Hahm Seokhon Philosophy, DC, Indianapolis, NY, Hahm Seokhon Peace Center (함석헌사상연구회)
Network for Peace and Unification in USA (평화와 통일을 위한 연대)
NY/NJ People in Solidarity with the Family of the Sewol Ferry; S.P. Ring New Jersey (뉴욕 뉴저지 세월호를 잊지않는 사람들의 모임)
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development (노둣돌)
One Corea Now
One Heart for Justice (샌프란시스코 공감)
Out of My ultari Now (소식지 ‘내 울타리 밖에서는 지금’)
Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification in USA (조국통일범민족연합 재미본부) (내일을 여는 사람들)
Peace and Unification Action of Boston (한반도의 평화와 통일을 위한 보스턴 동포들의 행동)
Rohjjang Lovers, San Francisco (로짱러버스)
Seattle Evergreen Coalition (시애틀 늘푸른연대)
SoCal Organized Oppression-Breaking Anti-Imperialist Koreans (수박)
The Center for the study of Korean Christianity /Dr. Prof, Bo-MYONG Seo (한국기독교연구소, 시카고)
U.S. Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience (미주 양심수후원회)
Woori Madang, Chicago (우리마당)
World for People, Los Angeles (엘에이 사람사는 세상)
Young Korean Academy of New York (미주 흥사단 뉴욕지부)
코네티컷 세사모
콜로라도 세월호 모임

Other Korean Diaspora Organizations
416 Global Networks – Toronto (세월호를 기억하는 토론토 사람들)
416 Paris (416 해외연대파리)
Civil Peace Forum (시민평화포럼-한국)
deCrypt (디크립트-영국)
Ireland Candlelight Action (아일랜드 촛불행동)
Korean Minjung Cultur e.V (한국민중문화모임-유럽)
Korean New Zealanders for a Better Future (더 좋은 세상 뉴질랜드 한인모임)
National Institute of Hahm Seokhon Philosophy, London, UK headquarters (함석헌사상연구회- 영국대표부)
Overseas Supporters of Korean Schools in Japan (해외 조선학교 지킴이)
People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (참여연대-한국)
Remembering Sewol UK
Remenbering Sewol Germany (NRW) (세월호를 기억하는 재독 NRW 모임)
Sasase Ottawa (사람사는 세상 오타와)
Solidarity of Korean People in Europe (한민족유럽연대)
S.P.Ring Solidarity (스프링세계시민연대)
Vienna Culture Factory (비엔나 문화 제작소)
416 세월호를 기억하는 시드니 행동
자카르타 촛불행동

Endorsing Individuals
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader and Founder of Rainbow/PUSH
Professor Noam Chomsky, University of Arizona and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee 2012, 2016

Endorsing U.S. Organizations (In alphabetical order)
About Face: Veterans Against the War
Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea
American Friends Service Committee
ANSWER Coalition
Anti-War Committee, Minnesota
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Seattle Chapter
Bayan USA
Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Brandywine Peace Community, Philadelphia PA
Broome Tioga Green Party
Catholic Worker
Chelsea Uniting Against the War, Chelsea Massachusetts
Coalition for Peace Action
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Dallas Peace and Justice Center
End the Wars Committee of Peace Action Wisconsin
Environmentalists Against War
Freedom Forward
Friends of Iran’s Art and Culture
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Global Peace Forum
Granny Peace Brigade, New York
Grassroots Global Justice
Greater Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party
Hawai’i Peace and Justice
Institute for 21st Century International Relations
International Action Center
International League of People’s Struggles, US
Justice for Muslims Collective
Korean Quarterly
Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO)
Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights
Massachusetts Peace Action
Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation
Military Families Speak Out
New Jersey Peace Action
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Peace Action
Peace Action Maine
Peace Action Manhattan
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action San Mateo County
Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Peace and Justice Committee of Uptown Progressive Action, New York NY
Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Central Philadelphia (Quakers)
Peaceworkers, San Francisco CA
PeaceWorks of Greater Brunswick, Maine
Philadelphia Committee for Peace and Justice in Asia and the Pacific
Popular Resistance
Presbyterian Church USA
Presbyterian Peace Network for Korea
Progressive Democrats of America, San Francisco Chapter
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Show Up! America
United for Justice with Peace, Boston
United for Peace and Justice
Upstate New York Drone Action
US Labor Against War
US Peace Council
Veterans for Peace
Veterans For Peace / Chapter 021 (Northern New Jersey)
War Resisters League
Western States Legal Foundation
Win Without War
Women Against Military Madness
Women Cross DMZ
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Corvallis, Oregon branch
Workers World Party
World BEYOND War
Young Greens of UMass Boston

Endorsing International Organizations (In alphabetical order)
Asia-Wide Campaign against U.S.-Japanese Domination and Aggression of Asia, Japan
Association for Protection of Democratic Rights, India
Association of Second Generation of A-bomb Survivors, Japan
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin, Heinrich Buecker, Germany
Global Rights of Peaceful People, Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Ukraine
Humanitarian Battalion of Ireland and UK
Hystorical and Cultural Center Mobius, Ireland
Just Peace Committee, Vancouver, Canada
Military Bases and Women Network, Japan
New Zealand DPRK Society
People Against War Network, Ireland - UK
Roudousya Kyoutou, Japan
Science for Peace, Canada
Slobodan Milosevic International Committee, Hungary, Russia, U.S., Germany
Solidarity Labor Union, Yamaguchi, Japan
Yamaguchi City People to Accomplish the Constitution of Japan

More Endorsing Individuals (In alphabetical order by last name)
Dr. Tim Anderson, University of Sydney, Hands off Independent Korea (DPRK), Australia
Máire Úna Ní Bheaglaoich, People’s Movement and Peace and Neutrality Alliance
Leo Chang, Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea
Cindy Domingo, US Women and Cuba Collaboration
Hassan El-Tayyab, Policy and Organizing Director of Chicago Area Peace Action
David Gibson, Peacehome Campaigns
June and John Kelly, independent researchers and journalists (Ireland)
Gaseul Jee, Overseas Supporters of Korean Schools in Japan
Susan Lee, Justice for Sewol victims activist and artist (Australia)
Andrew Leong, JD, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, UMass Boston
Joe Lombardo, Co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition
M. Brinton Lykes, Ph.D., Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology, Boston College
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns
Koohan Paik, International Forum on Globalization
Dr. Han S Park, President of Reuniting Families, Inc.
Arnie Saiki, Moana Nui Action Alliance
Rudy Simons, Peace Action Michigan, Korean War U.S. Army veteran
Aaron Tovish, Executive Director, Zona Libre

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Monday, April 9, 2018

It’s time to stop all wars!

Nodutdol will be with all who stand to stop all wars that U.S. is currently engaged in.  Come and join us! 

#EndKoreanWar #PeaceTreatyNow

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Statement - March 23, 2018

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Monday, November 6, 2017

PEACE NOT WAR IN ASIA and the Pacific!

A unity statement initiated by BAYAN-USA and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development

For over seven decades, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), the largest and oldest of the nine U.S. unified combatant commands of the U.S. Armed Forces, has carried out military invasions, exercises, wars, and occupations throughout Asia and parts of Africa. These include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, illegally storing nuclear weapons in South Korea, the destabilization of local communities and denial of their development due to U.S. military bases and military exercises, including drone warfare, in Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Guam, and the list goes on. The U.S. has over 180 military bases concentrated in this region alone. Everyday, the peoples of the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, Asia and the Pacific region continue to wage life-and-death resistance to US-led war and military occupation--the biggest obstacle to genuine peace, democracy, development, and security in the region. 

Asia is the largest market for U.S. exports, including military weapons exports, worth $600 billion. From November 3-14, Trump will visit five countries in Asia--Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Amidst escalating hostility, war provocations, and threats to “destroy” North Korea, Trump will seek to consolidate U.S. lackeys in order to secure U.S. military and economic hegemony in the region. Trump will seek to put pressure on the governments he meets with. Some of his stated goals include re-negotiation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and permanent deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system in South Korea.  Trump is expected to praise the Philippine military’s brutal implementation of the U.S.-instigated War on Terror in Mindanao and push for continued collaboration in intelligence gathering, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism between the U.S. and Philippines. The Trump administration will attempt to dominate the East Asia Summit in the Philippines, a regional gathering of state leaders where talks determining neoliberal economic policies will translate to greater U.S. military basing to protect U.S. trade interests and control major commercial shipping routes.

As Koreans, Filipinos, and peoples of the Asian diaspora, as well as peace activists, we stand with those in the frontlines of resistance to growing U.S.-led war, militarism, and neoliberalism in Asia and the Pacific, especially with those staging massive protests in Japan, Korea (where Nov. 4 is called ‘No Trump Day Action’), and the Philippines against Trump’s visit. 

We call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of U.S. military bases, personnel, agreements, exercises, war games, and all other operations from Asia and the Pacific, and for the US government to respect the sovereignty of the countries of the region, including their right to self-determination. We demand an end to inflammatory rhetoric and anti-people policies of this Trump administration, which has already implemented anti-democratic processes in the United States.
We invite your organization to sign on by endorsing this statement: SIGN HERE

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Solidarity Statement for South Korean Youth Peace Activists Denied Entry into the United States

Solidarity Statement for South Korean Youth Peace Activists Denied Entry into the United States

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, fifteen South Korean youth activists were denied entry into the United States. Their delegation, Ban Trump’s Crazy action (BTC), was coming to the United States to protest Trump administration policies and proclamations toward North Korea – “fire and fury,” “totally destroy North Korea” - that are escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and threatening a second Korean War.

But when they arrived at Incheon International airport, U.S. officials blocked their departure telling the youth their ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) was not valid and that they needed hardcopy visas issued by the U.S. embassy. They later discovered that their ESTA approvals had been canceled earlier that morning. One member of their group who had earlier left for the United States was stopped at JFK airport, held in detention without access to a telephone, and scheduled for deportation the next day.

After being blocked from entering the United States, the delegation immediately held a protest at the airport and then moved to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul for a press conference. As peace-loving youth, they expressed shock at having been banned from entry into the United States. Their intention was only to protest Trump’s escalation of tension in Korea through dance, song, and marching, and to meet U.S. citizens who share their desire for peace. “Why do you fear us, Trump? We are not terrorists. Lift the entry ban now!,” they proclaimed. BTC will continue to protest their ban at the U.S. Embassy and hold peace vigils until Donald Trump’s arrival in Seoul on November 7th.

*Stand with BTC *

As organizations and individuals who advocate open borders, freedom of speech, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts, we strongly protest the U.S. entry ban of the members of BTC and demand a full explanation for this action and immediate reversal of this decision. We also forcefully oppose the Trump administration’s escalation of tension with North Korea, fully support South Korean peacemakers mobilizing to protest Trump’s visit to their country and preparing for mass demonstrations on November 4th, and stand in solidarity with all people - Koreans, citizens of the United States, and others throughout the world - unconditionally committed to preventing a second Korean War.

From people in U.S. standing for peace and no wars in the Korean Peninsula

Endorsing organizations:  (alphabetical order)
About Face
Action One Korea, Los Angeles
Baltimore City Green Party
Brooklyn For Peace
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Catholic Workers
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation
Environmentalists Against War
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National
International Action Center, New York
International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco
Korean American National Coordinating Council, inc
Korean Peace Alliance, Los Angeles
Nanum Corean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action Montgomery
Peace Action, National
Progressive Asian Network for Action, Los Angeles
Support committee for Korean prisoners of conscience in US
Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and US militarism in Asia and the Pacific, National
TLtC Justice & Peace Committee
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), National
US Labor Against the War
Veterans For Peace - National
Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 034
World Beyond War

한국 청년 평화운동가들의 미국 입국이 금지당하다.

지난 10월 25일(수), 한국 청년 활동가 15명이 미국 입국을 금지당했다. 이들은 ‘방탄청년단’(방미 트럼프 탄핵 청년단)이란 이름으로 미국 주요 도시들을 돌며, 한반도의 긴장을 고조시키고 제 2의 한국전쟁의 가능성을 높이는 트럼프 미 대통령의 정책과 “화염과 분노”, “북한을 완전히 파괴” 같은 발언들을 규탄할 계획이었다.

방탄청년단이 인천공항에서 출국 절차를 밟으려 할 때, 미국 출입국 직원들은 이들의 ESTA(무비자 미국 방문 프로그램) 승인이 취소되었으며 미국에 입국하려면 미 대사관에서 인쇄된 비자를 받아와야 한다고 공지했다. 방탄청년단은 당일 아침에 ESTA 승인이 취소된 것을 그때야 발견했다. 다른 일행들보다 먼저 출발한 한 명은 문제 없이 미국행 비행기에 탑승했었지만, 미국 JFK 공항에 도착해서 입국 거부당하고 억류되었다. 억류된 동안 전화 통화나 접견이 금지되었으며 다음 날 비행기로 추방당했다.

미국 입국 금지 통보를 받은 방탄청년단은 인천공항에서 규탄 행동을 진행했고, 당일 저녁 광화문 미 대사관 앞에서 기자회견을 열었다. 방탄청년단은 “평화를 사랑하는 청년들인 우리가 미국 입국을 금지당했다는 것을 믿기 어려우며, 미국에 방문하면 춤, 노래, 행진 등 평화로운 방법으로 트럼프 정부의 한반도 적대정책을 규탄하고 미국 시민들과 평화에 대한 열망을 나눌 계획이었다"고 밝혔다. “트럼프는 무엇이 두려우냐! 우리는 테러리스트가 아니다. 입국 금지 조치 철회하라!” 라고 이번 사건을 규탄했다. 방탄청년단은 입국 금지 조치를 규탄하고 평화를 염원하는 농성을 미 대사관 앞에서 트럼프의 11월 7일 방한까지 이어갈 계획이다.

우리는 방탄청년단과 연대한다.

자유로운 국경 이동, 발언의 자유, 국제 분쟁의 평화로운 해결을 지향하는 단체와 개인들인 우리는, 미국 행정부의 방탄청년단 입국 금지 조치를 강력히 규탄한다. 그리고 이 조치에 대한 충분한 설명과 즉각 철회를 요구한다. 또한 우리는 트럼프 행정부의 대북 적대 정책에 반대하며, 11월 4일 트럼프의 이번 아시아 및 한국 방문을 항의하며 대규모의 집회를 벌이는 한국의 평화세력를 온전히 지지하고, 제 2의 한국전쟁에 무조건적으로 반대하는 한국, 미국, 전세계의 시민들과 연대할 것이다.

한반도에서의 전쟁을 반대하고 평화를 염원하는 재미한인들 및 시민들

Endorsing organizations:  (alphabetical order)
About Face
Action One Korea, Los Angeles
Baltimore City Green Party
Brooklyn For Peace
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Catholic Workers
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation
Environmentalists Against War
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National
International Action Center, New York
International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco
Korean American National Coordinating Council, inc
Korean Peace Alliance, Los Angeles
Nanum Corean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action Montgomery
Peace Action, National
Progressive Asian Network for Action, Los Angeles
Support committee for Korean prisoners of conscience in US
Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and US militarism in Asia and the Pacific, National
TLtC Justice & Peace Committee
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), National
US Labor Against the War
Veterans For Peace - National
Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 034
World Beyond War

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Moving Toward Peace: Urgent Statement Calling for De-escalation and Dialogue

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Urgent Statement August 9, 2017


Tensions are higher than ever on the Korean peninsula, and now the US is threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. This is the moment when the call should be for talks and a de-escalation of tension – but Trump may push us towards World War III instead. The Trump administration’s threats of military attack have provoked North Korea to respond with its own plans for retaliation. And if provoked enough, North Korea has expressed its intentions to launch a missile strike on US bases in Guam. Therefore, Trump’s threats of pre-emptive strike on North Korea heighten war danger in the Asia Pacific region and the world.

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development calls on the US government to start talks immediately, without preconditions, and for both the US and North Korea to stand down.

Koreans are only too familiar with devastating war. The Korean War – which never ended since there is still no peace treaty, left 4 million dead in 1953. If fighting were to break out again, it would be nuclear, and not only would thousands die on the peninsula, but most of Asia would probably be devastated as well. And should a retaliatory missile hit the US – the thought is too terrible to imagine, and so the road to war has to be averted.

It’s clear that current US policy – of sanctioning and threatening North Korea, and demanding denuclearization before talks, is not working. The time to talk is now, Tillerson needs to go to Pyongyang, and the US should do everything it can to stop a potential tragedy.

No to War! Peace talks now!

To sign Moveon petition to stop provocation, click here

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