This is my latest piece for Sojourners‘ co-written with Rev. Jesse Jackson.
We need to continue to work for peace and pray that peace will come to the Korean Peninsula.
Many steps have been taken toward peace on the Korean peninsula — the united team at the PyeongChang Olympics, the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27 2018, and the release of three American prisoners in North Korea as a gesture of peace toward the U.S. were steps forward. But the cancelation of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jung-un is troubling.
The historic meeting was set for June 12 in Singapore. But the U.S. approach to this meeting was concerning. Trump felt that the U.S. did not have to do anything to prepare for the June meeting — .he has become blind to the need for diplomacy. Trump continues to keep a military presence in South Korean with joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises that have always been a threat and irritation to North Korea. The mere presence of 25,000 U.S. Troops in South Korea heightens the suspicions and anxieties of Kim Jong un and the North Korean people
Also, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton recently said that Trump should use the Libya model on denuclearization when dealing with North Korea. Soon after Bolton’s statement, the First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea issued a statement reading in part:
High-ranking officials of the White House and the Department of State including Bolton, White House national security adviser, are letting loose the assertions of so-called Libya mode of nuclear abandonment, “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization”, “total decommissioning of nuclear weapons, missiles, biochemical weapons”. etc, while talking about formula of “abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterwards
His words indicate that North Korea has doubts about the U.S. intentions for the dialogue. They harbor concerns that the U.S. may intend to approach North Korea in the way that they approached Libya and Iraq.
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