6/7 FORUM: New War in the Making: What's behind the crisis in Korea?

PUBLIC FORUM AND DISCUSSION
at Mayday Books 301 Cedar Ave. South on the West Bank in Minneapolis

• Why is North Korea conducting nuclear tests?
• What is the role of colonialism and imperialist intervention in Korea?
• What has led North Korea to seek a nuclear deterrent?
• Is there a danger of a new Korean War?
• What is the role of the U.S. in the Korean peninsula?

SPEAKERS:
Roy Wolff
Korean war era veteran, member, Veterans for Peace, participant in
peace delegations in 1995 to South Korea and 2003 to North Korea.

Gerald Erickson
Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota. Attended first joint
U.S./North Korean academic conference in North Korea between U.S. and
Korean scholars.

Mick Kelly
Editor, Fight Back newspaper and Twin Cities anti-war activist.

Jessica Sundin
Member, Anti-War Committee

John Peterson
Editor, Socialist Appeal newspaper, Twin Cities anti-war activist

The U.S. government has issued denunciations of the decision by North
Korea to carry out an underground nuclear test on May 25, 2009. The
U.S. threatens sanctions against North Korea. North Korea has stated
that “sanctions mean war.”

On May 28, U.S. and South Korean military forces had reportedly been
put on “high alert.” The North Korean government issued a statement
that said in part, “The scheme by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet
regime has exceeded the alarming level … A minor accidental skirmish
can lead to a nuclear war.”

The U.S. government, the only government ever to have used atomic
weapons in war, has accused North Korea of being “provocative and
belligerent,” and claims that North Korea “ignored the inter-na¬tional
community.” The U.S. government seems un¬aware of the hypocrisy and
absurdity of such state¬ments in light of its actions in the Middle
East.

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