The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Ger­ald Daech­sel / Alexan­dria

Dear edi­tor, A USA bi­par­ti­san del­e­ga­tion led by Sen­a­tor Ed Markey, the co-pres­i­dent of PNND, went to Korea and Ja­pan the week of Aug. 20-26. Sen­a­tor Markey said that “talk­ing with North Korea is not a con­ces­sion – it’s the only way to reach agree­ment to de­nu­cle­arize the Korean Penin­sula and to re­in­force that the USA mil­i­tary strength is there only to de­ter ag­gres­sion and de­fend against at­tack.” He said that launch­ing a “pre­ven­tive” mil­i­tary at­tack against North Korea would only “make mat­ters much worse.”

Sen. Markey is also the rank­ing mem­ber of the Se­nate Sub­com­mit­tee on East Asia and Pa­cific af­fairs. Other PNND mem­bers around the world have also called for a diplo­matic so­lu­tion.

The USA am­bas­sador to the UN, Nikki Ha­ley, on Sept. 4 said “the time has come for us to ex­haust all of our diplo­matic means be­fore it is too late.” That was the day af­ter North Korea tested its sixth nu­clear bomb, which South Korean ex­perts said was more than three times more pow­er­ful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The Globe and Mail Sept. 5 quotes one re­searcher say­ing that the state­ment of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un af­ter the test “ac­tu­ally in­creases the chance of hav­ing talks with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

The re­searcher, Go My­ong-Hyun, a fel­low of the Asian In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Stud­ies says that Kim Jong Un called on his sci­en­tists to “con­duct the cam­paign for suc­cess­fully con­clud­ing the fi­nal stage re­search and de­vel­op­ment.” In say­ing that work re­mains, he says, “North Korea is leav­ing a lit­tle bit of space to send a mes­sage to the US and China that there’s room for ne­go­ti­a­tion.”

John Ivi­son in The Na­tional Post Sept. 6 in­ter­viewed the UK’s first am­bas­sador to North Korea, David Slinn, who said back chan­nels do ex­ist be­tween the North Korean mis­sion in New York and the U.S. State Depart­ment. “If there were to be sub­stan­tive ne­go­ti­a­tions they would have to be prepped for months in se­cret – just as the talks with Iran were,” David Slinn said.

In the June 5 Globe and Mail ar­ti­cle, Shea Cot­ton, a re­searchers’ as­so­ci­ate with the James Martin Cen­ter for Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion Stud­ies , says that now any at­tack on North Korea runs the risk of the USA “los­ing a city or two” in ret­ri­bu­tion, “so any sort of mil­i­tary op­tion is off the ta­ble.”

When our MPs re­sume Par­lia­ment on Sept. 18, they should urge the USA to only use diplo­macy with North Korea. On Thurs­day, Sept. 21, they should sup­port the UN In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace. On Satur­day, Sept. 23, they could at­tend the con­fer­ence of the Cana­dian Peace Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Group of 78, at the Cartier Ho­tel not far from Par­lia­ment Hill near El­gin Street.

On Mon­day, Sept. 25, they could re­turn to the Cartier for the con­fer­ence of the Cana­dian Net­work against Nu­clear Weapons. Then, on Tues­day, Sept. 26, the UN In­ter­na­tional Day for the To­tal Elim­i­na­tion of Nu­clear Weapons, each MP would join the PNND. On that day any­one want­ing the sur­vival of the planet can go to tech­no­log­i­cal me­dia, (unso­cial me­dia) and join the ac­tion “reach high for a nu­clear-weapon free world.”

For pro­grams in Mon­treal on Sept. 21 mark­ing the UN In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace, email one of the or­ga­niz­ers, adamson­claire7@gmail.com.

In the grow­ing nu­clear cri­sis, gov­ern­ments please jaw jaw don’t war war.

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