In an emergency letter to South Korean president Moon Jae-In, the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) urged immediate dialogue to ease military tension in the Korean Peninsula.

In the letter, the NCCK reiterated its hope for a peaceful reunification of South and North Korea, but added that tension has caused grave concern.

“To make matters worse, President Trump has declared that ‘North Korea would face fire and fury, one never witnessed by the world,’” the letter says. “Military tension is at its height in the Korean peninsula and there is fear of war spreading among the people.”

The lives of the people in South Korea should not be threatened by the statements of the United States and North Korea, the letter said.

“The road to peace is a difficult one, but the harder it gets the more important it is that we keep the principle,” it said. “We cannot start sincere dialogues when we place blame for the opponent’s extreme actions or when we insist [on] various pre-conditions for dialogue.”

Adapted from ACNS

Read the World Council of Churches’ statement questioning renewed sanctions on North Korea.