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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Friday, March 10, 2017

No Zumwalt on Jeju Island!


Sent from International Peace Team in Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea:

According to Korean media, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) recently published a report which pointed out the necessity of deployment of three Zumwalt destroyers in Korea : DDG-1000, DDG-1001 (Michael Monsur), Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002). [All of these ships are being built at Bath Iron Works in Maine.]

Korean media cites Bryan Clark's words in the report who said that the forward deployment of Zumwalt in Korea would secure US military ability for command & control on the South China Sea as well as ability to target North Korea coast.

The Korean media also reports that both ROK-US authorities are abstaining their talk on the deployment of Zumwalt for now because of its expected effect especially amid current hot situation on THAAD. [THAAD is a very controversial US 'missile defense' system currently being deployed in South Korea.]  They expect the actual talk on the deployment of Zumwalt would be in ROK-US defense secretary/minister meeting.

The Korean media also cites the words by a Chinese government official who clearly states Chinese government opposition to Zumwalt deployment in Korea.

For the Jeju Islanders, the deployment of Zumwalt at the Jeju navy base would confirm their concern whether the base becomes the US military base.

"The Jeju Island would be in crisis again amid domination race between China and US," Kang Kyung-sik, an Island Council member, stated in February.

No ZUMWALT! Jeju is NOT the TOY of US military!

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