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Korean religious leaders plead for peace

August 08, 2017

As political tensions mount on the Korean peninsula, religious leaders held an inter-religious ceremony in Seongju to mark the end of the Korean war and to plead for peace today.

“The Korean peninsula is a powder keg ready to explode and cause another war,” said Bishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, the president of the Korean Catholic bishops’ conference. Noting that the Korean War ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty, he said a renewal of conflict would “collapse the whole of northeast Asia.”

The Korean bishop expressed opposition to an anti-missile defense system that is being deployed by the US to guard against an attack from North Korea. “It is illusory to impose peace with weapons,” he said.

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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 08, 2017 9:39 PM ET USA

    I wonder when Bishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong last spoke with the leader of North Korea?