WCC shares concern over escalating tensions on Korean peninsula

By agency reporter
April 14, 2017

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has joined the National Council of Churches in South Korea (NCCK) in expressing grave concern at the redeployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to the seas surrounding the Korean peninsula.

“In a context of already heightened tensions – especially in the midst of the ongoing joint US and South Korean Foal Eagle-Key Resolve military exercises and the steps being taken to deploy the US missile defence system THAAD in South Korea, and North Korean threats of a nuclear response – this constitutes a further escalation of military confrontation in the region,” reads the statement.

The WCC has been engaged for more than 30 years in promoting dialogue and encounter between North and South Korean Christians, accompanied and supported by representatives of the global fellowship of churches in WCC membership.

“Our purpose has been and continues to be the promotion of peace and reunification of a country and people divided by an unresolved conflict,” the statement continues. “Particularly in recent years almost all other channels of dialogue and encounter have been closed off, in favour of escalating military confrontation and tightening sanctions.”

* Read the WCC statement on on Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula here

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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