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A Road Map for a Nuclear Free World

June 23, 2010

The vision of a world free of nuclear weapons was boldly initiated three years ago by four U.S. senior statesmen – Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, William Perry and Sam Nunn. To achieve the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and to bring the world back from the tipping point, the vision aims to reduce nations’ reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent them from falling into dangerous hands, and to rid the world of nuclear weapons as a threat.

We highly appreciate the initiatives taken by these four wise men that have helped to make progress toward a world free of nuclear weapons. We also appreciate President Barack Obama’s efforts to courageously translate this vision into specific policy measures. In his historic Prague speech in April 2009, Obama emphasized America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. In April 2010, President Obama signed a New START agreement with President Medvedev of Russia, in which the leaders solemnly declared their joint commitment to eliminate all nuclear weapons globally and agreed to substantially reduce their respective strategic nuclear weapons.

Our support for these efforts is directly related to the grim reality we face in Korea and the vision of the Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons.

The above is an excerpt of a statement published on June 23 in JoongAng Daily made by former Prime Minister and Asia Foundation Trustee Lee Hong-ko;, Ambassador Han Sung-joo, former Foreign Minister of South Korea, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of The Asia Foundation in Korea, and head of the Northeast Asia task force on The Asia Foundation’s America’s Role in Asia project; along with two other prominent Koreans. The statement was timed for the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. Read the full statement.

Related locations: Korea
Related topics: North Korea

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