Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are reaching new heights, and the possibility for military conflict is growing. The U.S. continues to avoid direct dialogue with North Korea, instead favoring sanctions and a strong-arm approach to bring North Korea to the table. At the same time, North Korea continues to progress its nuclear and missile capabilities. One small misstep by either side could ignite, in the words of General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “a loss of life unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes.”
Several unresolved humanitarian issues between the U.S. and North Korea must be addressed urgently - and offer diplomatic avenues for stabilizing relations with Pyongyang. Issues such as repatriating the remains of U.S. servicemen left in North Korea following the Korean War and reuniting divided Korean and Korean American families should be priorities in the U.S. policy toward North Korea.
Contact Congress and urge them to open these channels and to pursue diplomacy, not war, with North Korea.