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Dear Friends,
 
If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, you may not feel all that optimistic about the prospect for peace in Korea. North Korea recently conducted its fourth round of weapons tests in less than two weeks, seeming to counteract any of the positive momentum that was generated during the impromptu Trump-Kim summit at the DMZ in June.
 
But these tests should come as no surprise. That’s because the U.S. and South Korea are going ahead with another joint military exercise – a provocation that a spokesperson for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said would prompt North Korea to restart nuclear and long-range missile tests and boycott working-level talks.
 
So, how best to proceed toward peace? For starters, all parties must stick to a “freeze for freeze” – a halt to both North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests as well as the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises. And then the United States must pursue reciprocal, step-by-step actions toward a peace agreement.
 
Along those lines, we’re helping build the political space for peace. We just launched a social media campaign to thank U.S. members of Congress for co-sponsoring H.Res. 152, which calls for a formal end to the Korean War and for women and civil society to be involved in the peace process. To urge your Representative to become a #KoreaPeaceChampion, or to thank them for being one, click here.
 
And here’s a reason to celebrate: On July 12, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment by Rep. Ro Khanna declaring that diplomacy is essential with North Korea and calling for an end to the Korean War – the first time the U.S. Congress has taken such a stand. The language of the amendment is similar to that in H.Res. 152, which Khanna also introduced.
Hyun Lee (center, in pink) of Korea Peace Now! and Women Cross DMZ spoke at a roundtable event with Michael Fuchs (third from left) from the Center for American Progress and Korea expert Jae-jung Suh (second from left) at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC.
On July 16, Hyun Lee of Korea Peace Now! and Women Cross DMZ spoke at a roundtable event with Michael Fuchs from the Center for American Progress and Korea expert Jae-jung Suh at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. The discussion, moderated by CIP’s Henri Feron, focused on the big picture of the Korean nuclear crisis and how we might get to peace. You can watch it here.
 
Then, on July 27 – the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement that temporarily halted the Korean War – we joined together with more than 80 organizations around the world to urge President Trump to finally negotiate a peaceful settlement to the longest standing U.S. conflict.
 
We also helped organize events around the country to highlight the ongoing war and the need for peace – rallying, dancing, singing, holding film screenings, giving talks, and gathering signatures in support of H.Res. 152. In Los Angeles, Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ and Korea Peace Now! and humanitarian worker Joy Yoon spoke to a group of about 80 people about the efforts of women to build peace with North Korea. Yoon shared her experiences of helping disabled children in North Korea, and how that has been made more difficult with economic and financial sanctions imposed on North Korea. Ahn talked about the 2015 DMZ crossing and efforts to mobilize support for H.Res. 152.
 
Joy Yoon and Christine Ahn (front row, holding scarf) spoke to dozens of people about women’s efforts to build peace in North Korea on July 27, 2019, in Culver City, Calif.
In Atlanta, Hyun Lee joined Rep. Sam Park of the Georgia State Assembly, Dr. Yusun Chang of the Georgia Korea Peace Campaign, Lindsay Harper of Georgia WAND, and James Woo of Asian Americans Advancing Justice at an event called “From Armistice to Peace: Ending the 70-Year-Old Korean War” at the Korean American Association of Atlanta. Among the roughly 70 attendees were one state Senator and three state Representatives. The energy was inspiring!
One state Senator and three state Representatives were among the attendees at “From Armistice to Peace: Ending the 70-Year-Old Korean War” in Atlanta, Ga.
We’re so moved by all the people involved in this work. The momentum for peace feels unstoppable – and we couldn’t do this without your support.
 
To learn more about our campaign, visit KoreaPeaceNow.org (한국어 page; Canada page), join one of our regional groups in the U.S. (contact Hyun Lee and she’ll get you started!), and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram
 
In solidarity, 
 
The team at Korea Peace Now!
 
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