Hundreds of people gathered today for an all-day conference in Washington, D.C. to figure out how to bring the Korean War to an official close.
The conference at George Washington University followed a rally yesterday calling for a formal peace agreement, reports Countercurrents.
A temporary accord known as the Armistice was signed 70 years ago on July 27 between the U.S., North Korea and China. South Korea, however, refused to sign it.
Officials back then assumed a final peace treaty would be reached within months. It’s been 70 years and still no agreement.
“This year’s mobilization is unprecedented. Nothing in recent U.S. history has been organized of this scale, with so many diverse voices calling for peace,” said peace activist Christine Ahn said to NBC News.
President Biden marked the end of the Armistice on Thursday.
“Today, we also pause to remember the thousands of United States troops who went missing in action during the Korean War. That includes Army Corporal Luther H. Story, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during a battle on the Pusan Perimeter in 1950. Our Nation was able to bring Corporal Story home this year when his remains were finally identified and returned to his family. And we will never stop working to bring home every one of our missing heroes,” he said in a proclamation.
Earlier this year, Rep Brad Sherman (D-CA) introduced the “Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act.” The act calls for the formal end to the Korean War and a review of travel restrictions between the two countries.
Many Korean families remain separated by a border and have not seen each other for decades.
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