President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un:
are representatives of Korea Peace Now!, a women-led global campaign to end the
Korean War. Our coalition
includes Nobel Peace laureates, activists, professors, human rights lawyers, a
retired Army colonel, and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of
We are writing to
respectfully urge you to find a peaceful settlement while the window of
diplomatic opportunity is still open.
Christmas has been
an occasion to call for peace on earth and goodwill to all people. During World
War I, there were spontaneous truces in which soldiers would cast aside their
guns, crawl out of the trenches, and embrace their enemies. We appeal to you to
demonstrate the same magnanimous spirit.
A return to
escalation would not only reignite the danger of nuclear war, but also seriously
set back the political momentum for peace painstakingly built over the past two
years. Ever since the Singapore Declaration called for “new U.S.-DPRK relations
in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and
prosperity,” we have seen growing and unprecedented support for
normalization. A recent poll conducted
by YouGov and Data for Progress shows that 67 percent of Americans now support
negotiating a peace agreement with the DPRK, and support is even higher among
registered Republican voters, at 76 percent.
As a global movement
dedicated to ending the Korean War, we have consistently advocated that a
durable resolution of the conflict requires a peace agreement, sanctions
relief, women’s participation in the peace process, and the right of all to
live without fear of nuclear war. Any delay prolongs the suffering of those who
wish to live in peace.
Next June, the
Korean War will have languished for 70 years. We must all push back against the
forces, habits, and structures that perpetuate it.
activists, we are doing our utmost to educate the public, organize peace-loving
people everywhere, and encourage all sides to find a resolution. Thanks to the bold
steps you have taken to meet and engage with each other, the historic
resolution we helped introduce in the US Congress this year to formally end the
Korean War with a peace agreement now has over 40 co-sponsors, and the list is
There can be no
progress or resolution, however, without meaningful talks. Too often, one step
forward in diplomacy is followed by two steps back in opposition. This
Christmas, we urge you to finish what you started and do what no other US and
DPRK leaders have succeeded in doing: end the Korean War.
You have the power
to heal millions of hearts broken by three generations of war. We are counting
on you to implement the vision of peace that Koreans, Americans, and all
citizens of the world wish for.
May peace prevail
on the Korean Peninsula and around the world.
Women’s Movement for Peace (Korea Women’s Association United, Women Making Peace, National YWCA of
Korea Women’s Alliance)
International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)