The Confederation of Lawyers of the Asia and Pacific (COLAP) express grave concern on pronouncements of the President of the United States that the military option will be used against nuclear weapons and missile testing by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea .The threat of a possible nuclear attack or conventional bombing of nuclear facilities, will impact the Korean Peninsula ,the whole of North East Asia, affecting China, Russia, Japan, US troops and the US Pacific coastline ,with serious effects to the global economy.
Recalling that in 2001 the President of the United States before attacking Afghanistan, in words alien to civilized diplomatic discourse declared that North Korea, Iran and Iraq were an ‘Axis of Evil’, and seven small countries including Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Lebanon were militarily targeted, though they did not possess nuclear weapons, with millions killed and the infrastructure of some these countries for life and livelihood destroyed in serial wars ; the Right to Peace pronounced by the United Nations having been violated by successive Imperialist wars, the Confederation of Lawyers for the Asia and Pacific condemns the military threats of the government of the United States to one more country.
The United States government, a leading NATO power itself is in violation of the Nuclear Non – Proliferation Treaty 1970, having the largest nuclear weapons arsenal; US military doctrine supports nuclear pre-emptive and first strike and use of nuclear weapons “on targets that can withstand non nuclear attack”. Micro- Nukes three times more lethal than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are categorized as Conventional Ordnance with decisions for use delegated to US field Commanders and the United States has been waging low intensity nuclear war using Depleted Uranium munitions on countries attacked.
Whereas we call upon all concerned governments to immediately resume negotiations, the recent unprovoked attack on Syria by the United States using Tomahawk Cruise Missiles ; the announcement that the US government is not bound by a multilateral agreement entered into with Iran on a similar issue, does not inspire confidence in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea facing discriminatory sanctions, threatened by US troops stationed in South Korea in the Republic of Korea , from military exercises including the recent military exercise named “ Decapitation”; from US nuclear submarines in the sea around the Korean Peninsula and based for decades in Japan, opposed by the Japanese people as a violation of Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan. Of immediate concern is the potentially Expeditionary force led by the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson armed with missiles and nuclear weapons armed submarines positioned in the region. A French aircraft carrier has arrived in the sea off the Korean Peninsula and Japanese Navy destroyers have also participated in the military exercises.
As a confidence building measure necessary for resumption of dialogue the Confederation of Lawyers for Asia and the Pacific urge that the discriminatory sanctions imposed by the Security Council and by other governments on the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea be immediately lifted .Sanctions have adversely impacted the weakest sections of society in North Korea, namely children , women and the aged in violation of International Humanitarian Law.
We urge that the Expeditionary force must be immediately withdrawn as its deployment is in violation of International Law. The dismantling of THAAD anti-ballistic missile system being presently installed by the United States in the Republic of Korea in violation of public opinion in South Korea, is vital to restore peace and normalcy on the Korean Peninsula and in North East Asia.
North and South Korea were one country divided by US invasion and occupation, leaving bitter historical memories including of earlier colonial rule in both Koreas. The United States after decades is still at war with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea having never signed a Peace Treaty nor paid reparations. We urge the governments and peoples of both the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea to fraternize and commence bilateral negotiations to resolve their fratricidal differences in a spirit of brotherhood and friendship, which trade and sharing of resources will assist, despite the two differing political systems. Belligerent rhetoric for war on all sides must cease.
Jun Sasamoto, Secretary General