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South Korea’s bishops oppose anti-missile defense system

July 25, 2016

In response to North Korean nuclear missile tests, the United States and South Korea have announced an anti-missile defense system—a move opposed by South Korea’s bishops.

The planned deployment of the system makes Korea “the center of a new cold war,” said Archbishop Peter Lee Ki-heon, president of the Episcopal Commission for Reconciliation, and Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, president of the Commission for Justice and Peace, according to an AsiaNews report.

Warning of “dangers for humanity” and “economic suffering among the poor,” the bishops called upon North Korea to abandon its nuclear testing and North and South alike to make the peninsula a place of “reconciliation and life in cooperation, rather than a dangerous place of clashing states.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 26, 2016 9:12 AM ET USA

    Korea has been the center of the cold war ever since the Berlin Wall, and then the Soviet Union, fell. Thus it is strange to hear the ongoing cold war referred to as "new." Which is the bigger crime: to lay down and be executed by firing squad or mass burial in a pit because you were too foolish to provide for your own self defense, or to defend yourself against unjust aggression using defensive technologies ineffective if used in an offensive posture but able to provide an umbrella of safety?