Take Action to Escalate Diplomacy, Not Military Confrontation with North Korea

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Ask Congress and Donald Trump to Escalate Diplomacy, Not Military Confrontation with North Korea

The situation in Korea has slipped from the headlines but the danger remains very real. Now is the time to escalate diplomacy not military confrontation.  The conflict in Korea is a long-festering wound that will not heal until the official state of war between the US and North Korea is ended.

The US should enter into serious patient negotiations to finally terminate the state of war between the US and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Those negotiations should include a security agreement that commits the US to respect the sovereignty and security of the DPRK and results in the denuclearization of the entire region.

That is because the Korean War never actually ended. Active combat was suspended with the signing of an armistice in 1953 but that did not end the state of war or hostilities. The armistice agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas and US are technically still at war.

The North Koreans recognize that the US has the military power to crush its defense forces and lay waste to the country. They also know that the US has never attacked a nation that possesses nuclear weapons. For the leadership of the DPRK, a nuclear arms capability is seen as a guarantee against US military attacks. If they needed convincing, the US provided evidence with the invasion of Iraq, military overthrow of Saddam Hussein and occupation of Iraq, followed by the forcible overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.  And if a reminder were needed, the US has accommodated by running military war games off the coast of Korea, simulating an attack on the DPRK.

Escalating the confrontation with the DPRK leadership is a prescription for disaster that could result in a conflagration that could draw in North Korea's ally China, a nuclear power with a formidable military. This crisis has the potential of putting the lives of millions of people at risk, first and foremost in North and South Korea, but also in Japan and China, and ultimately in the US. The North Koreans may not yet have intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the US mainland, but China surely does.

Just as Richard Nixon, a conservative anti-communist Republican, restored normal relations between the US and China, let's convince Donald Trump and your Congressional delegation that he can be the president who normalizes relations with North Korea. Escalating diplomacy rather than military tensions is the only way to achieve that objective.

Send this message to your member of the House and Senators. Urge others to join you.

Michael Eisenscher
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