A path to stopping war with Korea

News — By on November 25, 2017 1:34 pm

On August 10, 2017, Defense Secretary James Mattis stated

that armed conflict with North Korea ‘‘would be catastrophic’’. We agree.

Diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula.

Here are three long-term steps that would end the tensions on the Korean peninsula:

  1. Negotiate a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range ballistic program
    in exchange for a U.S. security guarantee that would include suspending U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
  2. Initiate a peace process with North Korea, South Korea and China
    to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a binding peace treaty to end the Korean War.
  3. Support citizen diplomacy to heal the legacies of the Korean War
    by establishing a liaison office in Washington and Pyongyang to facilitate retrieval
    of U.S. Korean War servicemen’s remains and Korean-American family reunions.

Since 1950, the Korean peninsula has been threatened with nuclear weapons, missile tests,
and military exercises that have only served to make 75 million Korean people less secure.

In the United States and on both sides of the Korean De-Militarized Zone,
the absence of a binding peace accord fuels fear and economic deprivation
caused by diverting public resources in preparation for war,
including deploying the controversial THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.
This endless militarization must stop.

Our critical task: Forbid Trump From Launching Unauthorized Preemptive Strike on North Korea

Please call Congress urge they co-sponsor and support for two bills to avert catastrophe:

  1. Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 (S. 200, H.R. 669)

One man or woman, no matter who they are, should not have the sole power to launch
a first strike nuclear attack on North Korea or any other country.
Instead, the entire United States Congress must make such a momentous decision.
Therefore, please urge your representative to co-sponsor the
Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017” to require
the approval of Congress before Donald Trump, or ANY President can authorize a First Use of Nuclear Weapons.

2. No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act of 2017 (S. 2016, H.R. 4140)

With diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang on its last legs and President Donald Trump
continuing to ratchet up tensions, scores of U.S. lawmakers just introduced legislation to prevent him
from launching a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
Author Rebecca Gordon wrote in a column for TomDispatch that “Congress should act while there is still time.
Removing Trump’s ability to unilaterally launch a nuclear attack might ease some fears in Pyongyang.
And the rest of us might once again be able to sleep at night.

Call Senator Stabenow: (616)975-0052

Call Senator Peters: (616) 233-9150

Call Representative Upton: (269) 385-0039

 

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