[WEBINAR] “Stop U.S. THAAD and War Threats in Korea” A Report-back by the U.S. Solidarity Peace Delegation to South Korea
On Wednesday, August 30 STIK hosted a report-back from the U.S. Solidarity Peace Delegation. The peace delegates talked about the fight to stop the U.S. THAAD deployment and war threats in Korea.
As residents of South Korea, the United States and the world, we are united in our fervent desire for a peaceful, just resolution of the extremely dangerous conflict on the Korean Peninsula. We urge President Trump and President Moon to begin diplomatic dialogue with North Korea by freezing the upcoming US/South Korean military exercises in exchange for a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and missile testing.
US Peace Delegation Calls for Immediate Response to North Korea’s Offer to Freeze Its Nuclear Program
The Solidarity Peace Delegation, concluding their July 2017 visit to South Korea, calls for immediate US-South Korean action to de-escalate growing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. Solidarity Peace Delegation — in South Korea this week to build solidarity with the peace/anti-war movement there — visited the village of Soseong-ri in Seongju County from July 24 to 27 to support the villagers in their fight to stop the deployment of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system there. Watch and listen to the voices of the women leading this fight!
U.S. Peace Delegation Urges Chair of South Korea’s National Assembly Committee to Reverse THAAD Decision
The U.S. Solidarity Peace Delegation in South Korea this week to support the struggle against the U.S. THAAD deployment met with Democratic National Assemblyman Shim Jae Kwon, who chairs the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee of the National Assembly.
On July 23, a U.S. solidarity peace delegation arrived in South Korea to express solidarity with the Korean people fighting the deployment of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system and to call for a “fundamental resolution to [the] conflict on the peninsula and in the region.” Not all members of the delegation, however, were able to make it into South Korea. Juyeon Rhee, the coordinator of the delegation, was denied entry into South Korea on July 22. In response, over 200 supporters sent emails to the Moon Jae-in administration to demand that Rhee’s ban be lifted.
[OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] U.S. Peace Delegation Arrives in Seoul, Korea, to Unite with Villagers Protesting the Deployment of the U.S. THAAD Missile Defense System in South Korea
Calling for the removal of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system from South Korea, an end to the U.S.-South Korea War Games in exchange for a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, the replacement of the Korean War Armistice with a peace treaty, and the peaceful reunification of Korea, the delegation will share its message of solidarity with villagers of Seongju, Soseongri and Gimcheon where the THAAD interceptors are deployed, and with a broad spectrum of peace activists in Seoul.
Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry says that THAAD won’t protect the people of South Korea, it is ineffective and it shouldn’t be deployed if the people don’t want it. Perry said this at a conference in Washington D.C., “Off Ramps to War: Paths to Building Peace with North Korea” organized by the Korea Peace Network.
The Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific organized a national speaking tour that lasted from April 4 to 17. The tour focused on the South Korean people’s fight against the deployment of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system. The speaking tour featured Reverend Sounghey Kim, Co-chair of the Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment in South Korea. Her presentation given at Huntsville, Al was recorded on video.
What is at stake for women farmers in Seongju and Gimcheon, who say they don’t want the THAAD base in their town and are on the front lines of the fight against U.S. missile defense?
Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic candidate for President Dennis Kucinich wrote a message of solidarity to the Korean people in the struggle to oppose the THAAD missile "defense" system. He expresses his concerns about the technology of the THAAD system as well as increased tensions its deployment could bring to the Korean Peninsula. He also urges increased efforts for peace.
On August 15 in Seongju, 908 people sat in rows of chairs and waited for their heads to be shaved as an act of protest against the U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in their hometown.
Two groups, the U.S.-based Veterans for Peace and the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, recently sent a peace delegation to Korea in solidarity with the anti-THAAD movement in South Korea. Two of the delegates were blocked from entering.
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