ACTION ALERT: Diplomacy, Not War on the Korean Peninsula

Action Alert from United for Peace & Justice

Amidst speculation about a potentially imminent nuclear weapon or missile test by North Korea, tensions on the Korean peninsula are rising to the highest level in decades, as US and North Korean officials posit threats and counter-threats of pre-emptive military strikes. Even hawkish former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta has warned: “We have the potential for a nuclear war that would take millions of lives. So I think we have to exercise some care here.”

Today, in an unusual and worrying development, all 100 U.S. Senators have been summoned to the White House for a closed briefing on the Korean situation by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford. The briefing will start at 3 pm EDT/at noon PDT.

Call your two Senators now! Tell them there’s no military solution to the North Korean Crisis. Demand diplomacy. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Also today, in a stunning display of double standards, the U.S. Air Force plans to conduct a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to the launch commander: “These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.” In other words, this test is intended to signal a credible U.S. nuclear threat. While you won’t probably won’t hear about the US missile test in the national media, you can be sure that North Korea is taking note. There is no military solution to the standoff on the Korean peninsula, which threatens to spiral out of control – potentially catastrophically. Both China and North Korea have proposed that the United States and South Korea suspend their large-scale annual military exercises in exchange for a freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, but the U.S. and South Korea have refused even to discuss the offer.

Drop everything and call your Senators right now! Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121

It’s time to end US double standards. It’s time to stop making military threats and ratchet down the tensions on the Korean peninsula. One misstep could lead to the loss of millions of lives. Demand a diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis. No military strikes. Start talking. If you get a response from your Senator’s office, please tell us about it, by writing to Thank you for taking urgent action at this critical moment.

Scott Horton’s New Book: Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan!

Announcing the publication of our opinion editor Scott Horton’s new book Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.

It’s been endorsed by Daniel Ellsberg, Patrick Cockburn, Ron Paul, Stephen Walt, Eric Margolis, and many more.

Check it out on Amazon here.

Bonnie Hoy, RIP

I am sad to announce the death of my old and dear friend, Bonnie Hoy. Bonnie was 74. She is survived by her sister, Suzanne Riggenbach.

For many years, Bonnie was my closest confidante, comrade-in-arms, part-time roommate, traveling companion, and most reliable ally. She had a wonderful heart and was always giving.

So much of my early political life was shaped by my relationship with Bonnie. I doubt there would have been an had it not been for her influence on me.

I will miss her so much.

Nuclear Crisis Group Urges Steps To Prevent Nuclear Conflict

Former Officials, Experts From 10 Countries Review Nuclear Flashpoints, Propose Urgent Plan To Head Off Nuclear Use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Global Zero’s Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG), a newly-formed team of seasoned diplomats, military leaders and national security experts from nuclear-armed and allied countries, released a set of urgent recommendations to avoid the use of nuclear weapons and called on national leaders to act now to reduce the unacceptably high risk of nuclear conflict. The report comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington to discuss, among other things, the escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Specifically:

  • The Nuclear Crisis Group calls for the United States and North Korea to begin immediate discussions, without any preconditions, to reduce the risk of conflict. Full denuclearization through the “Six Party” process, including a freeze on nuclear and missile tests, production of nuclear materials, suspensions of military exercises, and negotiation of a formal peace regime will take time, but must not be allowed to prevent urgently needed discussions to avoid escalation of nuclear risk.
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