Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Appeals To President Trump For Peace Leadership

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Note: We have been urging dialogue between the United States and North Korea since before President Trump was elected. The recent escalation of war rhetoric from both nations is a grave threat, not only to North Korea but to multiple countries in the Asia Pacific, as well as globally as North Korea has borders with Russia and China. We are pleased that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for dialogue and urge him to follow through with action.

A negotiation between North Korea and the US could be very fruitful. The deal suggested by China: the US stop its war games that practice attacks on North Korea including nuclear attacks should be stopped and in return North Korea should stop its missile and nuclear testing. North Korea has suggested this before each war game targeting their country under Bush, Obama and Trump.

After that, the countries should negotiate how to bring North Korea into the global economy, the US entering into a security agreement and peace treaty to end the Korean War and how North and South Korea can have an economic relationship that moves them toward re-unification.

These are all achievable goals if the US is willing to stop its aggression and in return, Korean stops its weapons testing.  KZ

1 May 2017 – Mairead Maguire, who visited the women’s peace movements of North and South Korea last year with 30 international women from around the world, made the following appeal to President Trump and the U.S. administration:

“The people of North and South Korea want peace and they want a peace treaty.  They do not want their country to be bombed or their government to bomb others.  Having visited both North and South Korea last year and walked with thousands and thousands of Korean women, North and South, I am convinced that peace is possible and what is needed is the political will of all parties to the conflict to dialogue and for negotiations to move from a Korean armistice to a Korean Peace Treaty.

“I therefore would like to appeal to President Trump and his administration not to carry out a military strike on North Korea, but to use the means of dialogue and diplomacy to reach a peace treaty for North Korea.  Such peace leadership by President Trump will give hope to the people of Korea and all of humanity.

“The people of the world need to know that peace is possible between all the human family and that there are political leaders who have the courage to move from enmity to friendship and from war to peace.”

One Response to “Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Appeals to President Trump for Peace Leadership”

  1. The first sentence in the wonderful letter Mairead Maguire addressed to US President Donald Trump “The people of North and South Korea want peace and they want a peace treaty. They do not want their country to be bombed or their government to bomb others.” applies to all countries in the world. Nobody in the world wants a bomb dropping on his home and killing his family. So…..WHY does the modern world accept we pay scientists to invent and develop bombs, allow their manufacturing and trade? why do we train pilots to rain bomba from great heights and at virtiginous speeds? WHY nobody protests about us making and selling bombardiers, at 50 million dollars apiece??????

    Donald Trump is the President of the USA. His No.1 duty is to help Americans and among them, priority is per force given to people who make significant donations to political parties, the bomb – and other military industries – among them.

    Military manufacturets are not idiots who’ll invest in a Government that’s planning Peace, thus making them Bankrupt. We have to be realistic. If bombs are not dropped in Korea, they’ll have to find another destination.

    If bombs, rockets, guns, grenades, etc were for Peace, we would provide them to every student and teacher in schools to guarantee Peace in the classroom.

    We shouldn’t have divided Korea in the first place. Once the Russians drove the Japanese out of Korea, (after 35 years of occupationm), USA and Russia should have left the Koreans alone. Or, work together, American and Russian, to help the re-building of Korea. Instead, they preferred to get rid of the surplus military equipment from World War II, thus making room for the new generation weapons in the making.

    Alberto

  • Robert H. Stiver

    I was honored to be in the audience, and later meet and speak with, Laureate Maguire circa 2010 in the Rose Chapel of (Catholic) Chaminade University, Honolulu (as I recall, her visit was centered on an international women’s issue). She exuded a strong aura of serenity and peace with an incredibly warm smile and eyes–I thought tinged with resignation and sadness. She had, only months before, been shot in the leg by a Zionist bullet in the illegally Occupied West Bank of Palestine. I’m not at all surprised that Ms. Maguire continues her quest (e.g., Ireland, Palestine, Korea) for sanity and uplifting the human spirit and body.

    Thanks for this report, for KZ’s prefacing note, and for the powerful statement by Alberto Portugheis.