Action: Ask your representative to join the call to formally end the Korean War
Background: The Korean War, among the longest ongoing conflicts in the world, is at the root of the mistrust and hostility between the U.S. and North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK). In 1953, the parties to the conflict signed an Armistice Agreement, but it did not formally end the war, nor did it represent a final peace settlement.
President Trump has taken some bold steps towards changing the relationship between the United States and DPRK, but diplomacy is difficult and requires patience. Advancing the twin goals of denuclearization and a lasting peace regime on the Korean Peninsula will require give and take between our two countries. While the Hanoi summit between the U.S. and DPRK did not yield the results many peace advocates were hoping for, ongoing dialogue and building trust with North Korea are still valuable.
It is critical that Congress vocally support continued diplomatic efforts for building peace. Declaring a formal end to the Korean War is essential for moving forward on other issues of concern, such as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Faith Reflection (adapted from a prayer for peace in North Korea): “May your church be a voice of reason, reaching across divides to speak peace in a region that has endured 70 years of hostility and division. Strengthen the will of those who work for reconciliation and peace. Give us the peace which the world cannot give. Amen.”
Ask your representative to co-sponsor a resolution, H.Res.152, led by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) that calls for a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War.
Alert prepared by Charissa Zehr, Legislative Associate for International Affairs on February 28, 2019.
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Photo: Chris Rice, MCC representative for Northeast Asia, with a pediatric hospital director at a provincial pediatric hospital in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)*. MCC photo/Jenny Deibert