Urge diplomacy with North Korea, not war

Tell President Trump to stop escalating threats against North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).

Background: In recent days the threats between the U.S. and North Korea have grown extremely worrisome, with President Trump threatening “fire and fury,” saying that U.S. military “solutions” are “locked and loaded” and North Korea threatening to launch a missile towards Guam.

Next week, the U.S. will begin more military exercises with the South Korean military, which only serve to antagonize North Korea. These drills have the potential to ratchet up the tension even further.

The upcoming exercises combined with threatening rhetoric are a potent combination. Military action would have devastating consequences for the people of the Korean Peninsula and beyond. President Trump must hear strongly from Americans that it is vital that he stop issuing threats and instead urgently pursue diplomatic talks to resolve the crisis.

Faith reflection: “For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2:14).

Prayers and worship resources available.

Action: Send an email urging the president to stop escalating threats against North Korea. Tell the administration that you are strongly opposed to military action and that we must pursue dialogue and diplomacy, not war.

You can call your congressional representatives through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and give them the same message or meet with them while they are in-district for August recess.

Learn more: Ministry of reconciliation: U.S.-North Korea relations

Alert prepared by Charissa Zehr, Legislative Associate for International Affairs, August 15, 2017.

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