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Rev. Jesse Jackson had a private meeting with South Korean National Assembly Representative Kim Jong-hoon, in New York City on Thursday March 22, 2018 to discuss peace, denuclearization, family reunification and the peace summit.

After a fruitful meeting, a press conference was held with a joint statement on Peace in the Korean Peninsula.

Praying for Peace in the Korean Peninsula…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Joint Statement issued today by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and South Korean National Assembly Representative Kim Jong-hoon, calling for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

At a news conference in New York City today, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and South Korean National Assembly Representative Kim Jong-hoon issued a joint statement calling for “genuine and responsible dialogue” between North and South Korea and the United States “for a lasting peace.”

Rev. Jackson read the statement in English. Representative Kim read it in Korean.

The statement:

We welcome the news of the upcoming summits between North and South Korea and the United States and North Korea.

No circumstance warrants war as a justifiable solution. Only dialogue can resolve the conflict between the United States and North Korea.

We hope the leaders of North and South Korea and the United States will engage in genuine and responsible dialogue for lasting peace. It is our sincere hope that the talks will lead to a unified Korea and normalized relations between the United States and North Korea.

For peace and unification of the Korean peninsula, the governments and the people of both North and South need to come together in cooperation. We hope that the third North-South summit will resolve the military tension between the two sides and open a path toward cross-border exchanges and cooperation that lead to unification.

The United States and North Korea need to acknowledge each other as they are and engage in sincere dialogue. While they are engaged in talks, they should halt all hostile actions against each other. North Korea must honor its pledge to freeze its nuclear and missile tests while talks continue, and the United States must halt its U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises and lift its sanctions against North Korea.

We resolve to work together for the success of the upcoming summits between North and South Korea and the United States and North Korea. We also resolve to work together for the peaceful coexistence of the international community.

 

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