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A JOINT STATEMENT BY REV. JESSE L. JACKSON, SR, REV. DR. GRACE JI-SUN KIM AND BISHOP SALLY DYCK ON THE MAKING OF PEACE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA

CHICAGO – We are tremendously pleased and hopeful that North Korea has promised to dismantle its missile sites and to work towards peace, reconciliation, and cooperation treaty, that will end a 70-year war that has haunted the world and kept two countries separated that were once one.

This historic step towards reconciliation and unity is a true sign of peace as North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in stood together and released a joint declaration promising to pursue peace, humanitarian outreach, establish new communication channels, develop new economic ties including building mutual railways and roads, a special tourism zone, a joint bidding to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, and the promotion of mutual restraint in the suspension of military activity and drills.

We must choose coexistence rather than co-annihilation. That is progress. May these two world leaders continue to talk peace and bring an end to the division that has kept families torn apart.

Our hope and prayer is that the U.S. will see the Spirit of hope for peace and insure that these efforts are not undermined by cynicism and political showmanship.

As we see pictures and news clips of South Koreans speaking and sharing with North Koreans, our hearts leap with joy.

People on the Korean peninsula are rejoicing at the prospect of peace and the end to war.  We applaud President Moon’s leadership.  Let’s give peace a chance.

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