World Beyond War & NationofChange – 2017-12-14 13:18:01
ACTION ALERT: A Peace Treaty with North Korea —
and you can sign it!
World Beyond War
(November 11, 2017) — Alarmed by the threat of a nuclear war between the US and North Korea, concerned US peace groups have come together to send an open message to Washington and Pyongyang.
The People’s Peace Treaty will be sent to the governments and peoples of Korea, as well as to the US Government. It reads, in part:
Recalling that the United States currently possesses about 6,800 nuclear weapons, and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea in the past, including the most recent threat made by the US President in his terrifying speech to the United Nations (“totally destroy North Korea”);
Regretting that the US Government has so far refused to negotiate a peace treaty to replace the temporary Korean War Armistice Agreement of 1953, although such a peace treaty has been proposed by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) many times from 1974 on;
Convinced that ending the Korean War officially is an urgent, essential step for the establishment of enduring peace and mutual respect between the US and DPRK, as well as for the North Korean people’s full enjoyment of their basic human rights to life, peace and development — ending their long sufferings from the harsh economic sanctions imposed on them by the US Government since 1950.
The People’s Peace Treaty Concludes:
NOW, THEREFORE, as a Concerned Person of the United States of America (or on behalf of a civil society organization), I hereby sign this People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea, dated November 11, 2017, Armistice Day (also Veterans Day in the US), and
1) Declare to the world that the Korean War is over as far as I am concerned, and that I will live in “permanent peace and friendship” with the North Korean people (as promised in the 1882 US-Korea Treaty of Peace, Amity, Commerce and Navigation that opened the diplomatic relations between the US and Korea for the first time);
2) Express my deep apology to the North Korean people for the US Government’s long, cruel and unjust hostility against them, including the near total destruction of North Korea due to the heavy US bombings during the Korean War;
3) Urge Washington and Pyongyang to immediately stop their preemptive (or preventive) conventional/nuclear attack threats against each other and to sign the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;
4) Call upon the US Government to stop its large-scale, joint war drills with the armed forces of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Japan, and commence a gradual withdrawal of the US troops and weapons from South Korea;
5) Call upon the US Government to officially end the lingering and costly Korean War by concluding a peace treaty with the DPRK without further delay, to lift all sanctions against the country, and to join the 164 nations that have normal diplomatic relations with the DPRK;
6) Pledge that I will do my best to end the Korean War, and to reach out to the North Korean people — in order to foster greater understanding, reconciliation and friendship.
Some noted signers:
Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ
Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, UFPJ
Gerry Condon, Veterans For Peace
Noam Chomsky, Emeritus Professor, M.I.T.
Blanch Weisen Cook, Professor of History and Women’s Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Joe Essertier, World Beyond War — Japan
Irene Gendzier, Emeritus Professor, Boston University
Joseph Gerson, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Louis Kampf, Emeritus Professor, M.I.T.
Asaf Kfoury, Professor of Mathematics, Boston University
John Kim, Veterans For Peace
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
John Lamperti, Emeritus Professor, Dartmouth College
Kevin Martin, Peace Action
Sophie Quinn-Judge, Temple University (retired)
Steve Rabson, Emeritus Professor, Brown University
Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Gar Smith, Environmentalists Against War
David Swanson, World Beyond War, RootsAction
Ann Wright, Women Cross DMZ, Code Pink, VFP
No More Threats: Don’t Provoke War with North Korea
President Trump’s constant childish comments towards North Korea are putting millions of people in danger. Threatening North Korea with “fire and fury” is making diplomatic relations with the country even more strained then they have been in the past.
In August, President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Following this threat, North Korea revealed plans to launch missiles into the sea surrounding the island of Guam, where US Andersen Air Force Base and B-1 bombers are held.
War, especially a nuclear war, with North Korea is a very real possibility with this continued dialogue. We need diplomacy — not threats — in this situation. The possibility of nuclear war puts the entire world at risk.
ACTION:We need a peaceful solution to the current crisis with North Korea. Sign here to call on the President to end the threats towards North Korea and put diplomacy and peace first.
“What I’ve Learned from North Korea’s Leaders,” President Jimmy Carter, Washington Post, Oct. 4, 2017.
“A Path Forward on North Korea, ” Col. Ann Wright (Ret.), Consortiumnews, March 5, 2017
“A Murderous History of Korea,” Prof. Bruce Cumings, London Review of Books, May 18, 2017
Bad History, Leon V. Sigal / 38 North.org, August 22, 2017.