Backed by 19 Democratic members of Congress, the resolution introduced Tuesday urges the Trump administration to “provide a clear roadmap to achieve a final peace settlement.”
“Historic engagement between South and North Korea has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to formally end this war,” said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services Committee and one of the congressman backers of the bill. “President Trump must not squander this rare chance for peace. He should work hand in hand with our ally, South Korean President Moon Jae In, to bring the war to a close and advance toward the denuclearization of the peninsula.”
The resolution clarifies that ending the 68-year war does not mean the withdrawal of the roughly 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea or the acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear power, two important international security issues.
Former president and Nobel Peace Laureate Jimmy Carter said he backs the bill and will be sitting down with Khanna next week to discuss the issue of war on the Korean Peninsula, the congressman said in a press release.
“I commend this important resolution that will help bring this nearly 70-year conflict to a close,” said President Carter in a statement. “I have visited North Korea several times to talk with their leadership and study the best path forward for peace. Ending the threat of war is the only way to ensure true security for both the Korean and American people and will create the conditions to alleviate the suffering of the ordinary North Koreans who are most harmed by ongoing tensions.”
Shortly after the resolution was submitted, Trump tweeted criticism of the Democrats from Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, saying if they wanted to end the war it should have been achieved under President Obama.
“The Democrats should stop talking about what I should do with North Korea and ask themselves instead why they didn’t do ‘it’ during eight years of the Obama Administration?” he said.
The Democrats should stop talking about what I should do with North Korea and ask themselves instead why they didn’t do “it” during eight years of the Obama Administration?
In its 68th year, the Korean War is technically ongoing as it ended only with an armistice agreement not a peace treaty in 1953.