[act-ma] MONDAY: Understanding Current Tensions on Korean Peninsula - Boston College

Cole Harrison cole at masspeaceaction.org
Sun Apr 9 17:55:10 PDT 2017

With the increasing nuclear tensions in Korea, join us for this timely
program, Monday at Boston College.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a new threat against North Korea
today: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17B0TC

Stop THAAD Missile Deployment in Korea: Seongju City People’s Protest
April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmBoston College, Devlin 101
[image: Sunghye Kim, Won Buddhist monk from Seongju, South Korea]


   - *Sounghey Kim*, Co-Chair of the Seongju County Struggle Committee to
   Stop THAAD
   - *Theodore Postol*, PhD, Professor, Science, Technology, and
   International Security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   - *Juyeon Rhee*, Korea Policy Institute; Solidarity Committee for
   Democracy and Peace in Korea, New York

Moderators: *M. Brinton Lykes*, Co-Director of the CHRIJ, and *Ramsay Liem*,
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Boston College

   - Access a campus map with parking locations and Devlin Hall indicated

In the midst of political upheaval and transition in South Korea, advances
in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump
administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South
Korea, have stepped up their eight-month opposition to the installation of
a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in their
city.  The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against
North Korean ballistic missiles but locals fear its environmental effects,
claim that the real target is China, and believe it makes them ground zero
for counterattacks.  Learn about this struggle from the front line activism
of Ms. Sounghey Kim, a leader of the peoples’ movement to oppose the
deployment of THAAD, comprised of citizens from numerous sectors of Seongju
County.  Also hear the views of Ted Postol, professor of Science,
Technology, and International Security at MIT, about THAAD and US missile
defense systems.  Professor Postol has written widely about these systems
and participated in high-level consultations with government officials in
South Korea.

The program is part of a U.S. national tour, *Stop THAAD in Korea*,
sponsored by the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia
and the Pacific with support from the Korea Policy Institute, Channing and
Popai Liem Education Foundation, and Global Network against Weapons and
Nuclear Power in Space.  Juyeon Rhee, an organizer for the Solidarity
Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, is accompanying Rev. Kim and
will comment on the broader U.S./Korea alliance that forms the context for
this latest conflict.

The Stop THAAD in Korea website can be found here <http://stopthaad.org/>.

*About the speakers:*

*Sounghey Kim*

Ms Kim is a staunch advocate of peace and reconciliation on the Korean
peninsula.  Since July 13, 2016, her days have revolved around the
candlelight vigils against THAAD Deployment, standing with the residents of
Seongju County. Currently she is a co-chair of the Seongju Struggle
Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment.  She dreams of reunification through
peaceful dialogue, and is working for it. Most recently, she has been
participating in an overnight sit-in at the bridge to the Lotte Golf
Course, the site of the proposed THAAD deployment currently underway. In
light of the recent impeachment and dismissal of South Korea’s president,
Park Geun-hye, the U.S. and ROK military command are rushing to complete
the installation of THAAD before the election of a new president this
coming May.

*Theodore Postol*

Dr. Postol received his undergraduate degree in physics
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics> and his PhD
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhD> in nuclear engineering
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_engineering> from MIT. Postol worked
at Argonne National Laboratory
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argonne_National_Laboratory>, where he
studied the microscopic dynamics and structure of liquids and disordered
solids using neutron <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_scattering>,
X-ray <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray_scattering> and light scattering
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_scattering> techniques, along
with molecular
dynamics <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_dynamics> simulations
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulations> . He also worked at the
Congressional Office of Technology Assessment
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Technology_Assessment>, where he
studied methods of basing the MX missile
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGM-118A_Peacekeeper>, and later worked as a
scientific adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations

After leaving the Pentagon <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pentagon>,
Postol helped build a program at Stanford University
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_University> to train mid-career
scientists to study weapons technology in relation to defense and arms
control policy. In 1990, Postol received the Leo Szilard Prize
<http://www.aps.org/praw/szilard/index.cfm> from the American Physical
Society <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Physical_Society>. In 1995,
he received the Hilliard Roderick Prize
<http://archives.aaas.org/awards.php?a_id=23> from the American Association
for the Advancement of Science
 and in 2001, he received the Norbert Wiener Award from Computer
Professionals for Social Responsibility
<http://www.cpsr.org/about/wiener/wiener-award> for “uncovering numerous
and important false claims about missile defenses.” On September 28, 2016
the Federation of American Scientists awarded Professor Theodore Postol
from MIT their annual Richard L. Garwin Award for his work in assessing and
critiquing the government’s claims about missile defense.

*Juyeon Rhee*

Juyeon is a first generation immigrant, living in metropolitan New York
area.  She is a volunteer organizer of the Solidarity Committee for
Democracy and Peace in Korea.  Juyeon is a member of Nodutdol for Korean
Community Development and a board member at Korea Policy Institute.  Her
work is focused on de-militarization of the U.S. and peace and unification
of Korea.

Event sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice
and the Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation.

Co-Sponsored by the BC Asian American Studies Program, International Korean
Students Organization, Korean Students Association, and BC Peace Action.

Other supporting organizations: American Friends Service Committee Peace &
Economic Security Program; Massachusetts Peace Action; United for Justice
with Peace.

For additional infomation on Stop THAAD or the event, contact:  M. Brinton
Lykes at lykes at bc.edu, or Ramsay Liem at liem at bc.edu.

RSVP for this event at http://www.bc.edu/centers/humanrights/events.html
(scroll down to “Stop THAAD Missile Deployment in Korea: Seongju County
People’s Protest”)
DetailsDate:April 10Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Tags:Featured Post <http://masspeaceaction.org/tag/featuredpost/>,
Korea <http://masspeaceaction.org/tag/korea/>, THAAD
OrganizerBoston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Phone:617-552-1968Email:humanrights at bc.eduWebsite:http://www.bc.edu/centers/
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Cole Harrison
Executive Director
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