Calling North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror Solves Nothing, Impedes Diplomacy
Washington, D.C. — November 20, 2017 — In response to President Trump’s designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement:
“North Korea has sponsored and committed terrible acts, but the critical question right now is how do we resolve this nuclear crisis peacefully. Piling on sanctions, which have yet to deter or slow North Korea’s progress on its nuclear weapons program, is not the answer. We need focused, unconditional negotiations that seek to freeze and roll back North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. This designation makes getting to the negotiating table, let alone securing an agreement, all the more difficult.”
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at http://www.PeaceAction.org.