On October 26, leaders from several faith communities came together to convey to Congress their concerns about the escalating rhetoric between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The United States has engaged in dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea in the past to avoid war while securing vital national interests—as it did with the Soviet Union before that. It should do so again.
The administration has treated diplomacy with both Iran and North Korea as a second thought. If the U.S. wants to foster sustainable peace and prevent nuclear proliferation - or even nuclear war - the U.S. needs to try diplomacy instead.
North Korea is an odious regime, offending the vision of equity, justice, and peace that FCNL pursues—but we cannot wish it away. While there are no ideal options, some options are undoubtedly worse than others. Diplomacy and peacebuilding may have their risks, but only they hold a chance of opening a way to a better tomorrow.
FCNL and nine other foreign policy organizations urged leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to keep an amendment supporting diplomacy with North Korea in the final version of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
At a time when South Korean President Moon Jae-in has carved out new openings for diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula, President Trump deserves credit for taking a risk for peace by agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Now, Congress needs to get off the sidelines and engage.
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