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For peace on the Korean peninsula

by New Worker correspondent

KOREAN solidarity campaigners met at the NCP’s Party Centre in London last weekend for a seminar to discuss the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula and the way forward for the solidarity campaign in Britain.

NCP leader Andy Brooks, who chaired the Friends of Korea event, welcomed everyone to the meeting, which was the first public event at the Centre since the lockdowns began in 2020. Most of them had visited Democratic Korea and all were supporters of the Friends of Korea committee that has been campaigning for the peaceful re-unification of the Korean peninsula for over 20 years.

This was stressed by Michael Chant, the secretary of the Committee, who emphasised the importance of taking a stand in support of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s right to exist and choose its own path of development, striving for peace and for the reunification of the Korean peninsula, and, as he said, “supporting the just stands of the DPRK internationally at this crucial time in the face of hostility from the United States and other big powers, including Britain”.

Although the imperialists have toned down their hate campaign their hostility still remains. “At the moment, the imperialist mainstream media have tended to take the DPRK out of the news,” said Dermot Hudson from the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), “although the hostile propaganda against the DPRK continues. Recently, the DPRK tested missiles, which would have once led to hysterical headlines in the imperialist media for days on end but this time it did not do so. This is because the imperialists have experienced a policy failure on the Korean peninsula. Military pressure and threats have not worked, sanctions have not worked and engagements such as Trump’s ‘big deal’ have not worked. The imperialist media does not like to talk about failure, only success.”

Others shared their own views on the Korean issue including Keith Bennett, a veteran Korean solidarity campaigner, who helped draw up the Friends of Korea founding statement many years ago. Everyone agreed on the need to redouble our efforts in the coming year.

The Co-ordinating Committee of the Friends of Korea is an umbrella organisation that brings together all the major movements active in Korean friendship and solidarity work in Britain today. It includes the NCP and the RCPB (ML), the Socialist Labour Party and the Korean Friendship Association. The Committee is chaired by Andy Brooks and the secretary is Michael Chant. The committee organises meetings throughout the year, which are publicised by the supporting movements and on the Friends of Korea blog.