Korea Peace Campaign

Coordinator

John Kim, kpc@veteransforpeace.org

Mission

Korea Peace Campaign (KPC) is a national project of VFP whose mission is to achieve a peaceful end to the lingering, costly Korean War; heal the wounds of the War; and promote reconciliation and friendship between American and Korean people.

KPC's Work

Launched in 2002, when the Bush administration discarded the US-DPRK Agreement of 1994, the Campaign aims to accomplish its mission by a) educating the American public about the real history of the U.S. role in Korea; b) exchanging peace delegations between U.S. and Korea; c) helping the victims of the Korean War; and d) advocating for an official end to the Korean War by replacing the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.

In 2005, KPC organized a National Conference for Ending the Korean War at Georgetown University Law Center with the National Lawyers Guild-Korea Peace Program, and adopted the American Declaration of Peace with the Korean People.

In 2006, KPC sent a VFP peace delegation of five veterans, including three veterans of the Korean War, to South Korea to show our solidarity with the Korean villagers at Pyongtaek who were struggling against the expansion of the U.S. military base there.

In 2009, KPC assisted a coalition of U.S. peace groups in organizing the National Campaign to End the Korean War as a founding member.

KPC encourages veterans of the Korean War, in particular, to participate in this campaign.

 

VFP Resolutions on Korea VFP Delegation Reports VFP Statements
2003 VFP Resolution 2001 Trip to Korea VFP Statement on No Gun RI (2000)
2004 VFP Resolution 2003 Trip to North Korea  VFP  Calls upon U.S. to Reduce Military Tensions in Korea
(2015)
2006 VFP Resolution 2006 Trip to South Korea  Unending U.S. War is Driving North Korea’s Nuclear Program
(2016)
2007 VFP Resolution    Diplomacy, Not Bombs-An Emergency Appeal (2017)
2008 VFP Resolution    VFP Applauds Korea on Olympic Unity (2018)
2011 VFP Resolution    
2012 VFP Resolution    
2013 VFP Resolution    
2015 VFP Resolution    
2016 VFP Resolution    
2017 VFP Resolution    

Background

The U.S. is waging the longest war in its history in Korea.

After dividing Korea into two arbitrarily at the end of the WW II, the U.S. military has been more or less occupying South Korea since 1945. Uncle Sam established a U.S. military government in South Korea for three years, set up a separate regime in the South (ROK) in 1948, and intervened in the Korean civil war, 1948-53, destroying the entire country with heavy, indiscriminate bombing raids. The terrible War was stopped with a cease-fire only in 1953. Thereafter, the U.S. brought in its nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1958 in violation of the Armistice Agreement--igniting an intense arms race with North Korea. The U.S. military troops in South Korea number about 28, 500, which cost us billions of dollars each year that are solely needed at home. From 1950, the U.S. also imposed and maintains heavy economic sanctions on DPRK. The tragic Korean War is still continuing today without a peace treaty.

Writings by Veterans of the Korean War

Events

Take Action during the Olympic Truce Action: Diplomacy Not War!

The Winter Olympics and Paralympics, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, offer a unique moment to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. On a very encouraging note, in November 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an Olympic Truce, or a cessation of hostilities during the Winter Games, which gained the support of 157 Member States including both Koreas and future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States.

The Olympic Truce represents an important opportunity to defuse tensions and begin the work of reconciliation on the Korean peninsula. The United States should fully support both Korean governments' current efforts to restore a peace process.  Veterans For Peace has issued a statement of support for these unity efforts.

Let's build on this momentum! We in the United States have a special responsibility to demand diplomacy, not war, with North Korea. An ad hoc network, the Korea Collaboration, calls for weeks of action during the Winter Olympics (February 9 - 25) and Paralympics (March 9 - 18), as well as the broader period of the Olympic Truce (February 2 to March 25). We call on groups and individuals to organize actions or other events in your communities.

Get Ideas to Take Action

VFP-KPC urges local VFP chapters and other concerned groups to organize a local Korea Peace Forum (film showing, speakers, etc.), to increase the public's understanding of the need to end the lingering Korean War officially with a peace treaty.

Please contact Korea Peace Campaign: kpc@veteransforpeace.org if you are organizing a forum or need further info or help.

Petition Urging US to Negotiate with DPRK

On-Line Petition Drive (This petition urges the US to negotiate with North Korea on the latter's offer to suspend its nuclear tests, in exchange for US cancellation of large-scale joint war drills
with S. Korea this year.)

---Sign the Petition!---

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