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Reconciliation for North and South Korea

August 14, 2014 by  
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The most recent PC(USA) Mission Action Alert calls us to support reconciliation for North and South Korea! If you discern that this is the will of God, please read on and respond.

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The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. calls on all its members to urge the Obama Administration to transform its policy of hostility toward the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) into a policy of good will and engagement. We make this call on the eve of August 15th, known as Liberation Day for the Korean peninsula from Japanese Colonialism. This day also marks the beginning of division of the peninsula as the Soviet Union and the United States jointly and without Korean authority decided to split the peninsula into two zones. We are taking this action in response to a request from the National Council of Churches of Korea (NCCK) who have been struggling for the cause of peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula for several decades. The NCCK states that the current policy of hostility and isolation has failed to produce any desired results for over 60 years. We carry their specific requests, that the administration:

1. Immediately move to signing a Peace Treaty in order to replace the cease-fire agreement with the DPRK and all responsible governments including but not limited to USA, South Korea, North Korea, Russia, and China. The peninsula is still technically under a state of war, and has been for more than 60 years.

2. End all embargoes and sanctions on the DPRK including current UN sanctions.

3. Begin a full policy of direct engagement and negotiation with the DPRK dispensing with all conditions. Conditional engagement only isolates the DPRK further and belies the history of anti-democratic US policy in South Korea.

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Let us call on our government to make an authentic move toward peace on the Korean peninsula and pray together with Christians on both sides of the division, “When we look back at this long and painful reality, you convince us that the way for sincere reconciliation and peace and reunification is coming together in exchange and cooperation based on mutual understanding, and opening military and political barricades with mutual trust. “For he is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14)…. Accordingly, let the South, the North, and all Christians of the world pray, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”, and let us come to the Lord who calls us as the apostles of peace.” [taken from the jointly written North/South Prayer for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula.]

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General Assembly Policy

The 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

1. Expresses its solidarity with the people of Korea in their search for peace, reconciliation, and reunification on the Korean peninsula.

2. Renews its commitment to pray and work for peace, justice, and reconciliation in Korea for the well-being of all Koreans.

3. Urges the governments of South and North Korea to reopen communications with each other and to engage in genuine dialogue that reduces tensions on the peninsula, and leads to concrete steps toward peace and reconciliation.

4. Calls for an end to inflammatory rhetoric by all parties and any suggestion that the conflicts can be resolved by a resort to military action.

5. Supports strongly the replacement of the present armistice agreement with a just and lasting peace treaty between North and South Korea, brokered by the United Nations, and endorsed by the United States and other powers with interests in the region.

6. Prays for the day when the people of Korea will live as one family in a reunified, free, and peaceful nation.

 

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One Response to “Reconciliation for North and South Korea”
  1. Harold floyd says:

    It is hard to believe that the PCUSA issued this. The government of North Korea is one of the most repressive on earth. To the extent that sanctions have been imposed on them it is because of the their aggressive and dangerous actions. Ending all sanctions would reward such behavior. With reference to the “anti-democratic US policy”,I suggest the writers compare the current South Korea to the current North Korea. The former is our legacy.

    Our Church has been taken over by a bunch of fringe wackos.

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