KFEM-FoE Korea Strongly Condemns the North Korean Nuclear Test
North Korea crossed a line which it should have never crossed. The North Korean nuclear test is a provocative military activity deserts the agreement between South and North Korea for the 'Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular' and threatens peace in Northeast Asia. Regardless of its political and diplomatic intentions, North Korea’s foolishness is drawing war clouds over the Korean Peninsula.
The nuclear test will not help the North Korean government stay in power, nor will it bring a long-awaited end to economic sanctions. Rather, the nuclear test will only spur more sanctions from the United States, and could instigate the reemergence of Japanese militarism. We will never approve of North Korean nuclear tests, or the development of nuclear weapons, in general. We urge North Korea to immediately stop all moves which threaten peace on the Korean peninsula.
It is also clear that pressure and sanctions from the Bush Administration and Japan have contributed to North Korea’s miscalculated provocation. Therefore, we should seek a peaceful resolution to the situation rather than being swept up in the possible militant frenzy of neighboring countries and international society. Though some are calling for military measures, such actions will only worsen the situation.
The 'Peaceful Resolution' to the nuclear problem and 'Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula' are our prime principles, and can not be compromised. Fervently working towards a peaceful resolution is the only way to prevent a disastrous war on the Korean Peninsula and to maintain the Korean people's existence. It is time for political and civil societies, regardless of their own interests, to work hard to find peaceful ways to solve the crisis caused by North Korea’s nuclear test.
October 9th, 2006
Korean Federation for Environmental Movement-Friends of the Earth Korea