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April 28, 2017

Women leaders from 40 countries, including South and North Korea, tell Trump:

'We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula'

Published on April 26, 2017 by Common Dreams
By Nika Knight, staff writer

"Leaders in the U.S. and North Korea are not backing down when it comes to escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula, and on Wednesday a unified plea from 40 women leaders around the world demanded that President Donald Trump immediately seek a peace treaty between South Korea and nuclear-armed North Korea.

"This endless militarization must stop."
—WomenCrossDMZThe women belong to the group WomenCrossDMZ, and "are from academia, business, civil society and the military, and represent a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and political views," the letter (pdf) reads. "We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula."

Christine Ahn, a peace activist and organizer for WomenCrossDMZ, told the New York Times that the group of women thought of the letter as "our own Scud missile" to put a halt to the frightening escalation of tensions.

"We urge you to do the following to avert war in Korea and bring about a long-desired peace on the peninsula," the women urged:

  1. Negotiate a freeze of North Korea's nuclear and long-range ballistic program in exchange for a U.S. security guarantee that would include suspending U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
  2. Initiate a peace process with North Korea, South Korea, and China to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a binding peace treaty to end the Korean War. Women must be significantly represented in the peace process in accordance with the spirit of UNSCR 1325.
  3. Support citizen diplomacy to heal the legacies of the Korean War by establishing a liaison office in Washington and Pyongyang to facilitate retrieval of U.S. Korean War servicemen's remains and Korean-American family reunions." ...

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