Washington, DC (June 12, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today congratulated President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for taking the first step in ending the war in the Korean Peninsula.
The agreement President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signed in Singapore today to take steps toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a lasting peace agreement is a hopeful first step toward reducing the possibility of war.
President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the planned June 12 meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore is a huge mistake that increases the risk of war. We are particularly alarmed by the open allusions to the use of nuclear weapons by both the North Koreans and the United States. This loose talk of nuclear war undermines diplomacy and reflects a careless disregard for the real cost of any military conflict on the Korean peninsula.
Washington, DC (May 24, 2018) – The Quaker lobby, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), today said that President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore is a huge mistake and increases the threat of war.
Truth be told, the past few days have worried me too. I had been encouraged this spring to see South Korea’s diplomacy open new possibilities. As someone who has focused a career on nuclear proliferation, I was happy to express my thanks and praise when President Trump embraced direct engagement to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
In this op-ed, Abigail Stowe-Thurston, the program assistant for nuclear policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Erin Connolly, the program assistant at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, urge the U.S. to choose peace in the face of nuclear conflict.
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.
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