12:30-14:00 Thursday, August 1, 2013
William Ramsey Clark, Michel Chossudovsky,
Kiyul Chung & Brian Becker
Five months after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test, tensions on the Korean Peninsula are still high, despite signs of fresh detente. The bellicose threats from Pyongyang have eased since South Korea/US war games ended near the North's borders in April, but leader Kim Jong-Un remains a mystery to most observers and his intentions are unclear. The South's new leader, Park Geun-hye, has meanwhile offered the possibility of a diplomatic thaw and fresh aid in return for a promise of denuclearization – but will Pyongyang reciprocate?
To help us make sense of this situation, and to suggest a way forward, the FCCJ is proud to welcome a panel of distinguished speakers, who will come straight from a series of International Peace Symposiums in Seoul and Pyongyang. The panel members draw on their observations and discussions in both countries to speak about peace and security issues in north-east Asia, focusing on the rapidly changing situation of the Korean Peninsula.
The team will come to Tokyo to attend an International Peace Symposium, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War. They will attend similar events in Seoul and Pyongyang from July 25th to 29th, with Korean politicians, scholars and experts, and peace groups and organizations from around the world. All are calling for the signing of a much-overdue peace treaty that would finally end hostilities on the Korean Peninsula.
William Ramsey Clark is an American lawyer, activist and a former United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969. Michel Chossudovsky is emeritus professor of economics at the University of Ottawa and author of The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003); America's "War on Terrorism" (2005) and Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011). Brian Becker is founder and national coordinator of the International ANSWER Coalition, in Washington, DC. Dr. Kiyul
Chung is visiting professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University. Come along and hear what they have to say.