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ACTION ALERT: Stop US Escalation of Tension between the Two Koreas


November 30, 2010
International Action Center

On Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. South Korean forces fired shells into waters off the DPRK in an area that the north has a longstanding claim to be within its territory -- a claim that had been accepted by prior south Korean governments. The DPRK responded to the provocation with a deadly and disproportionate attack. Conducting "war games" now risks further escalation.

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SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION to the Obama Administration and South Korean Government
http://www.iacenter.org/korea/stopattackondprk NOW!

PLAN PROTESTS IN THE DAYS AHEAD TO COUNTER THE GROWING WAR THREAT

Tell the Obama Administration and the south Korean Government you want the US/south Korean war maneuvers and provocations against the DPRK stopped immediately, the removal of south Korean and US war ships including the US aircraft carrier George Washington, an end to the US sponsored sanctions against the DPRK, the signing of a peace treaty NOW to end the state of war that has existed since the Korean war, and the immediate withdrawal of the 30,000 US troops that still occupy south Korea, so that the Korean people can freely decide their own destiny.

THESE ARE THE UNDISPUTED FACTS:
On Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north.

The military deployment was provocatively held right off the sea borderline between the north and the south. This is an area considered to be disputed territory.

On Nov 23, at 1:00 p.m., South Korean forces fired many shells into waters right off the DPRK. This is an area that the north has a longstanding claim to be within its territory. This claim had been accepted by prior south Korean governments.

An hour and a half later, the DPRK retaliated to what it saw as an attack on its territory by firing shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

And now the US has announced plans to send the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group including war ships, destroyers and hundreds of fighter jets back into the area to participate in new war maneuver provocations.

It is urgent that all who stand for peace and justice make plans now for immediate protest actions in the days ahead.

The US military has been involved in all the war maneuvers by South Korea, going back to the 1950-53 war, and has occupied South Korea since the end of World War II.

Why doesn’t the media ask why the US was orchestrating a massive military deployment of troops, ships and aircraft right on the border of the DPRK?

The provocation here clearly comes from the US government and the right-wing south Korean regime, not the DPRK. The regime of Lee Myung-bak has undone earlier moves that improved relations between the two halves of the Korean nation and has brought increased confrontation.

It can never be forgotten that US imperialism waged a horrendous war against the Korean Revolution from 1950 to 1953, one that resulted in millions of deaths and total devastation of the Korean Peninsula.

For there to be peace on the Korean Peninsula, the US should end its support of expansionist, right-wing forces in the south, sign a peace treaty with the north (a state of war still exists after 57 years!) and withdraw its troops so the Korean people can decide their own destiny.

Join us in the days ahead in taking to the streets to protest these US war threats and sanctions that have created a powder keg in Asia. End the military occupation of South Korea! Sign a peace treaty and bring the troops home!

SIGN ONLINE AT
http://www.iacenter.org/korea/stopattackondprk NOW!

SAMPLE PETITION TEXT:

To: President Barack Obama, President Lee Myung-bak, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

CC: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. member delegations, US Congressional leaders, members of the media.
• Stop the US/South Korean War maneuvers and provocations against the DPRK (north Korea) immediately!
• Remove the south Korean and US war ships! DO NOT SEND ADDITIONAL US WARSHIPS AND PLANES INCLUDING THE US AIRCRAFT CARRIER GEORGE WASHINGTON!
• End the US sponsored sanctions against the DPRK!
• Sign a peace treaty NOW to end the state of war that has existed for 57 years since the Korean war!
• Withdraw all of the 30,000 US troops that still occupy south Korea, so that the Korean people can freely decide their own destiny.

It is an undisputed fact that on Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north.

On Nov 23, at 1:00 p.m., South Korean forces fired many shells into waters right off the DPRK. This is an area that the north has a longstanding claim to be within its territory. This claim had been accepted by prior south Korean governments.

An hour and a half later, the DPRK retaliated to what it saw as an attack on its territory by firing shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

And now the US has announced plans to send the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group including war ships, destroyers and hundreds of fighter jets back into the area to participate in new war maneuver provocations.

The US military has been involved in all the war maneuvers by South Korea, going back to the 1950-53 war, and has occupied South Korea since the end of World War II. AND THE WAR DANGER IS GROWING!

Clearly the military provocation is from the US government and the south Korean government of President Lee Myung-bak.

For there to be peace on the Korean Peninsula, the US must withdraw its troops so the Korean people can decide their own destiny.

Sincerely,
(Your signature appended here)

SIGN ONLINE AT http://www.iacenter.org/korea/stopattackondprk NOW!

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