LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the growing nuclear crisis, governments please jaw jaw don’t war war.