South Korean church council urges Bush to lift sanctions on North
Need to relieve suffering of the people
Aug 22, 2006
The head of South Korea’s National Council of Churches has written to President Bush, urging that sanctions on North Korea be lifted and that a peace agreement be negotiated to replace an armistice signed on the Korean Peninsula in 1953.
Anglican bishop Park Kyung-Jo, president of the National Council of Churches in Korea, said he had sent his letter July 7 on behalf of churches. In it he said: “It is generally understood that the sanctions against North Korea since 1950 have been enforced by the U.S.A. in its own political interest. Experts indicate that the sanctions against North Korea have been one of the significant causes of the increasing suffering of the North Korean people.”
Park noted in the letter that if the U.S. is really serious in its intent to relieve the suffering of the North Korean people, it should immediately lift the sanctions against the communist country.