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S.Korean peace activists urge U.S. to stop hostile policy on DPRK
South Korean peace activists urged the United States Wednesday to immediately stop any hostile policy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and launch talks with Pyongyang for peace treaty on the Korean Peninsula.
An association of 65 liberal advocacy groups and peace activist groups held a press conference in Gwanghwamun square beside the U.S. embassy in Seoul, issuing a joint statement toward the U.S. government.
The statement said the Trump administration should immediately scrap any hostile policy on the DPRK and launch negotiations on peace treaty on the peninsula.
The Korean Peninsula is technically in a state of war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in armistice, not peace treaty.
The activists said South Korean people living in the peninsula would not be able to accept the U.S. threat to wage a war in their home country.
U.S. President Donald Trump said overnight that his country was "totally prepared" for military option on the DPRK, though he said it was not a preferred one, noting that if the U.S. takes the military option, it will be "devastating."
The U.S. leader resumed the war of rhetoric with Pyongyang as he warned last week that the DPRK would be faced with total destruction if Pyongyang continues to threaten the U.S. and its allies.
In response to the Trump speech, top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare statement that warned Washington of the highest-level of hardline countermeasure in history.
The activists planned to hold a peace rally outside the U.S. embassy in Seoul after the long Chuseok holiday, which will last from this weekend to Oct. 10. The Chuseok is a South Korean version of Thanksgiving Day.
The statement said sanctions, pressure and military threat will only bring a war to the peninsula, rather than resolve the security crisis on the peninsula, stressing that the only solution to the crisis was to sign a peace treaty and drop a hostile policy.
[Source: Xinhua, Seoul, 27Sep17]
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