Statements Archive
Aug 17, 2017 - Emergency Statement: Never again war on the Korean Peninsula, Calling on the US and DPRK to resolve current tensions through dialogue, not force
Emergency Statement

Never again war on the Korean Peninsula
Calling on the US and DPRK to resolve current tensions through dialogue, not force

In response to the threat of war arising from tensions between the United States of America (USA) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), we feel great fear as citizens living in East Asia and around the world.
To avoid this threat, we strongly call upon the governments of both the USA and the DPRK to refrain from any kind of provocative language and behaviour, or military action. Furthermore, we strongly call upon the governments of Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to cease joint military exercises with the USA, which increase tensions on the Korean peninsula.

We call upon the DPRK to refrain from any missile launches aimed at the area surrounding the island of Guam. We also call upon the USA to promise the international community that no military attack, including a preemptive strike, be made against the DPRK. At the same time, we demand urgent and concrete dialogue to replace the current Korean War Armistice Agreement with the conclusion of a comprehensive peace treaty.

To the governments of the ROK, Russia, China, and Japan, we call for an immediate cessation of any provocative words and actions directed at the leaders of the USA and the DPRK, as well as ask that the greatest effort be made as soon as possible in supporting the reopening of diplomatic negotiations between the USA and the DPRK, as well as the reopening of the Six Party Talks.

More than three million citizens of North and South Korea lost their lives after the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, and more than 200,000 citizens died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

We cannot allow such inhumane tragedies to occur again.
In the event that an armed conflict were to once again take place on the Korean peninsula, this could potentially lead to a nuclear war developing in Northeast Asia, involving the nuclear weapon states of Russia and China, and would impact the whole world.

In July this year the international community created a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. This was a step towards the abolition of nuclear weapons, an important humanitarian goal for all humankind. The current tension surrounding intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) is a great test of our resolve towards achieving this goal.

We ardently call upon the governments of all countries involved in tensions on the Korean peninsula, based on human reason, to begin sincere dialogue towards the realization of permanent peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

August 17, 2017

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Signatories

Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy UK
Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC)
Basel Peace Office
Blue Banner (Mongolia)
Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament (CICD)
Center for Peace Education (Philippines)
Certified NPO Auschwitz Peace Museum in Fukushima, JAPAN
Citizens' Nuclear Information Center
Fukushima Women against Nukes
Civil Peace Forum (Korea)
Fukushima Action Project
Fukushima Council to Consider the Problem of Radioactive Waste Incineration
FUKUSHIMA WAWAWA
Global Article 9 Campaign
Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA)
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
International Peace Bureau
Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines
Japan International Volunteer Center
Koriyama Raku-syo-mura
Nonviolent Peaceforce Japan
Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI)
NPO ayus: Network of Buddhists Volunteers on International Cooperation
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (US)
Peace Action (US)
Peace Boat
Peace Depot
People for Nuclear Disarmament (Australia) 
People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)
Scientists for Global Responsibility (UK)
The Human Survival project (Australia)
Veterans For Peace JAPAN
Women Cross DMZ
WOMENS DEMOCRATIC CLUB
World without Wars and Violence

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