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Dear Friends

I write at a time when there is great tension over the development of the nuclear capability by North Korea. With these developments have come rhetoric of hate from North Korea that it is willing and capable to launch nuclear first-strikes on South Korea, Japan, and even the United States. Can we imagine what it must feel like to someone living in in the firing line?

Is there a catastrophe close by? What is the best way for other nations to react to these developments? If there was a strike from North Korea, manyallies of Japan and South Korea would feel great moral and political pressure to retaliate with attack, including the UK.There are fortunately some signs of a genuine united response from diverse nations across the world. Yet voices from the U.S. have been loud and equally aggressive. How would China respond?

What do North Korea plan to do with these weapons? What are their underlying motives?  No one knows. As I understand it, the regime in North Korea is shrouded, and difficult to read. It does seem that North Korea sells nuclear weapon technology around the world, bringing in wealth to support the regime, without which North Korea would collapse into chaos. Only with understanding can other nations base their reactions to bring a greater peace. This means caution and restraint.

Why do so many countries desire to possess these weapons?  Some reasons might be: to attack and conquer, to protect their country, to boost the egos and power of leaders, to make the people feel good about themselves, proud of their nation. There is also an argument used that justifies that such weapons help keep the peace by the threat of ‘mutually assured destruction’ (MAD). If our own nuclear weapon nation criticises another for wanting its own nuclear arsenal, is it not hypocritical and arrogant?

Many of us will be looking on in fear and horror, and helplessness. I am sure that God looks on too with sorrow and grief greater than we can imagine. He is with us, giving us courage and hope in our fear. Christians believe that God in his love gave human beings free will. That means that we are not helpless.

 We can work for peace by pressurising our own MP’s and Government to be steadfast in the costly work of peace. We can pray. And perhaps most important: we can address within ourselves exactly the same kinds of human weaknesses that Kim Jong Un holds: greed, envy, pride, hatred, lack of forgiveness, love of power…

 

With love and prayers,                             James


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