It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the constant stream of rapidly
changing news about North Korea. However, we’ve assembled these articles to offer you important context and perspectives on the current crisis, demonstrating the consequences for choosing war and the opportunities possible with diplomacy.
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.
On May 9, the House Armed Services Committee overwhelmingly backed an initial version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act setting policy prescriptions and spending targets for over $700 billion of military activity for the fiscal year starting this October. The full House will likely consider, tweak, and ultimately approve a version of the bill the week of May 21.
On May 4, FCNL and 21 other organizations wrote to the Senate asking it to deny funding for a dangerous and destabilizing new "low-yield" nuclear warhead for the Navy's submarine launched ballistic missile that would increase the chances of nuclear war. Read the letter below.
The historic April 27 meeting of the Korean leaders may not yet herald the end of all tension and strife on the long-troubled peninsula—but it does promise a bold, encouraging new beginning. It has opened a way to peace that has not existed for decades.
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.