In the wake of the sinking of Navy Warship Cheonan, North-South relations intensify as North Korea pursues aggressive measures to pressure South Korea in to lifting its ban on tourism in Mount Kumgang. Last week, Pyongyang announced its plan to partially take over property at the Mount Kumgang resort and expel all existing South Korean personnel.
The Korean War: Fear of the Red Menace as Justification for War Atrocities
The seeds of the Korean War began to sprout at the end of WWII. Suspicions and tensions between two allies, the Soviet Union and the United States, ratcheted up over rightful claims over the spoils of war, and over which form of government and economy would be implemented. Read the rest of this entry »
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Today, marks the 60th anniversary of Ahn Jung-geun’s passing. Ahn, a Korean independence activist was sentenced to death for assassinating the first Prime Minister of Japan, Ito Hirobumi.
Hello fellow Peace Treaty Campaigners and supporters!
With the re-launching of the blog we are counting down the weeks until the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
Every Friday, we will post multimedia relating to the Korean War!
As Peace Treaty campaigners, we feel it is important to commemorate and remember the beginning of a brutal war, that is left unfinished.
Our first post is Pablo Picasso’s “Massacre in Korea.”
Completed in 1951, Picasso criticizes U.S. intervention in Korea through this painting. The painting is inspired by Francisco Goya’s “The Third of May 1808.”
War ravages the lives of civilians and noncombatants, and it does not make sense to leave such a period of devastation unfinished.
On February 26, the U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth said that the United States is willing to sign peace treaty, normalize diplomatic relations, and initiate work on other matters of the September 2005 Statement to make political and economic concessions, if North Korea resumes the Six-party talks especially over the issue of denuclearization.
“The first and foremost among those is, of course, denuclearization, but we also recognize that it will be important to begin discussions on questions regarding a peace treaty, establishment of diplomatic relations (Between the United States and North Korea) and the issues of economic and energy assistance to North Korea,” said Bosworth, just before departing Korea on Friday.
Emphasizing North Korea’s nuclear deproliferation as the highest priority of discussion, Bosworth anticipated that the Six-party talk will eventually resume in near future. The Six-party talks have stalled since 2007 due to unresolved disputes over the issue of North Korea’s nuclear and missile testings.
The United States’ proposal of such a policy-trading type of negotiation—the normalization of the US-DPRK relations for denuclearization—with North Korea is in effect not an eye-opening event for it has always been on the table since 2003, yet this year, we once again hope for an actual achievement of some agreed framework through peaceful cooperation.
Learn more about North Korea nuclear program and the DPRK : “Timeline: North Korea” (BBC News)
Dear President Obama,
Congratulations on winning the Nobel Peace Prize! It is certainly a call to action for real change.
Receiving the award, you said, “We must all do our part to resolve those conflicts that have caused so much pain and hardship over so many years,” and that effort must include ending the lingering, costly Korean War.
I hope you will begin direct negotiations with North Korea soon so that a peace treaty could be signed to end the Korean War formally, which is the key to realizing a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula.
You can email the White House by going to – www.whitehouse.gov/contact or send a letter to-
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500