The lingering state of war in Korea is a major contributor to instability in Asia and is a violation of the 1953 Armistice Agreement and United Nations Resolution 39/11 establishing a people’s Right to Peace. In addition, the United States spends tens of billions of dollars in military expenditures and maintains more than 28,500 troops in South Korea in harm's way. See 10 REASONS WHY THE U.S. MUST SIGN A PEACE TREATY WITH NORTH KOREA.
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CALL TO END THE KOREAN WAR
“When nations and peoples allow themselves to be defined by differences, the gulf between them widens. When we fail to pursue peace, then it stays forever beyond our grasp.” President Barack Obama
Prague April 5, 2009
As a nationwide coalition of Americans of Korean descent and other concerned Americans, we applaud President Obama’s call to a foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy and negotiation, and hope that this will bring about a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula. An Armistice Agreement signed by the United States in 1953 called for a peace treaty and removal of all foreign troops from Korea. No treaty has been signed and we spend tens of billions of dollars each year in maintaining provocative military exercises and military buildups in South Korea, as well as stationing some 28,500 U.S. troops in dozens of posts and bases.
We call upon President Obama to make the signing of a peace treaty with North Korea (DPRK) a top priority of United States foreign policy. In addition, moving toward normal diplomatic relations would be a practical step toward resolving differences over nuclear proliferation and arms control, human rights, and economic reform. Relationship builds trust and understanding and provides a forum for further dialogue.
The United States divided Korea and plays a unique role in its peace and reconciliation. Recent hearings by the South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission has revealed that our government was present at or played a part in massacres during the Korean War. The best way to atone for past mistakes and console the souls of the millions who died in the horrific fighting in the 1950-1953 period is to build a permanent peace, justice and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.
We urgently request that the Congress and the Obama Administration address the peace treaty issue as soon as possible so that more than 70 million people living on the Korean peninsula and their families here in the United States can at last be freed from the fear of war. Only then can other major regional and global problems be resolved.
It is time to end the Korean War. As James Laney, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, recently said in Seoul:
"... One item should be at the top of the agenda, however, in order to remove all unnecessary obstacles to progress, that is the establishment of a peace treaty to replace the truce that has been in place since 1953. One of the things that have bedeviled all talks until now is the unresolved status of the Korean War. A peace treaty would provide a baseline for relationships, eliminating the question of the other’s legitimacy and its right to exist. Absent such a peace treaty, every dispute presents afresh the question of the other side’s legitimacy."
SEE COMPLETE TEXT: Call to End the Korean War