Statement on COVID-19 crisis in the DPRK

On behalf of the World Methodist Council I wholeheartedly endorse the WCC acting general secretary
Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca’s Statement on COVID-19 crisis in the DPRK.

  1. The WMC endorses the WCC’s call for urgent humanitarian response by the international
    community commensurate with the gravity of the crisis; in particular, newly developed
    antivirals, such as Paxlovid, must be provided as a matter of urgency, as well as diagnostics,
    ventilators, personal protective equipment, vaccines and other medical needs, as well as
    essential food supplies.
  2. The WMC also endorses the WCC’s call for a centralized and coordinated approach to the
    international response, through the UN, and for any obstacles presented to this response by
    the current sanctions against the DPRK to be lifted as a matter of fundamental ethical and
    humanitarian responsibility.
  3. The WMC strongly calls for a peacemaking summit between President Biden and President
    Yun on May 20, 2022. Korea in particular and East Asia in general need real peace, not a
    new Cold War and even a ‘hot peace’ which wages war in the name of peace. The WMC
    reaffirms its commitment to the Roundtable for the Peace on the Korean Peninsula and will
    continue to work together in solidarity with Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and
    Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula.

Grace and peace in Christ.
JC Park,
President of the World Methodist Council

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