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Monday, November 01, 2010

SOUTH KOREAN GROUPS RALLY TO OPPOSE PARTICIPATION IN U.S. "MISSILE DEFENSE" PROGRAM

Thirty-seven organizations in South Korea (ROK) have issued a statement opposing their nation's participation in the U.S. "missile offense" program. Below is just the conclusion of the statement, see the full wording here

Immediately stop the examination on joining the MD that does more harm than good!

As above, South Korea’s participation in the US MD system does more harm than good, as it would bring nuclear war and nuclear arms sale, therefore would seriously threaten peace in the Korean peninsula & northeast Asia, aggravate her military subordination into the United States, and throw tremendous financial burden to her people. The United States is doing that to strengthen her military domination in the northeast Asia, positioning South Korea as her advanced base, while the Lee Myung-Bak government is enforcing that to secure its vested rights amidst the political situations in the inside and outside of the Korean peninsula, which are becoming disadvantageous to it hanging on the ROK-US alliance, and furthermore to drive the absorbing unification by force against North Korea.

We resolutely oppose South Korea’s joining the US MD system, which is really dangerous and unnecessary. We strongly demand the Lee Myung-Bak government to immediately stop the examination on the involvement in the US MD, and Kim Tae-Young, the Minister of National Defense, to promptly resign from his post. We will briskly struggle to prevent [South Korea’s] MD involvement, with our people who aspire complete non-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula, realization of the Peace agreement, and dissolution of the ROK-US alliance, the root of all kinds of subordination and peace-threat.

Oct. 25, 2010

Solidarity for Peace And Reunification of Korea; Korean Confederation of Trade Unions; Democratic Labor Party; New Progressive Party; Socialist Party of Korea; Labor Front; People’s Solidarity for Social Progress; Revolution 4.19 Committee; Korea Alliance of Progressive Movements (Christian Social Mission Solidarity Council; Labor Human Rights Center; Farmers’ Pharmacy; Supporting Committee for Prisoners of Conscience; Korea Council for Democratic Martyr; Institute for Research in Collaborationist Activities; Association of the Family Movements for Democracy Practice; Buddhism Peace Solidarity; Council for the Drive on Our Nation’s Unification through Federation System; Korean Peasants League; Pan Korean Bereaved Families’ Association for Nation and Democracy; Pan Korean Bereaved Families’ Association for Democracy Movement (Inc.); Pan Korean Poor People’s Association for Liberation; Korean Women Peasant Association; The Central Association for National Unification of Korea; Pan Korean Association for Reconciliation (Minhwaryon); Korean Democratic Workers’ Council; Solidarity for Democracy, Public-Welfare, Peace, Unification and Sovereignty; Pan Korean Women’s Solidarity; Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification of Korea, South Korea branch; Veterans for Peace, Corea; Unification Square; Korea Youth Solidarity; 21st Century Pan Korean University Students’ Association; June 15 Youth and Student’s Solidarity) Anti-War Peace Solidarity; All Together, Asian Wide Campaign (AWC), Korea Committee

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