FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 3, 2018
DIPLOMATIC HOTLINE REOPENED BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA
Any dialogue with the communist dictatorship in Pyongyang must press accountability for the crimes of the Kim regime
On Wednesday, North and South Korea reactivated a previously-closed telephone hotline in the village of Panmunjom on the 38th Parallel. This reopening of a line of communication between the democracy in the South and the dictatorship in the North comes after several tense months on the Korean Peninsula marked by North Korean missile launches and increasingly bellicose rhetoric from Kim Jong-un.
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement: “The regime of Kim Jong-un poses a danger to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. His totalitarian state conducts public executions, maintains a Gulag-like network of forced labor camps, and attempts to control every aspect of peoples’ lives in North Korea.”
Smith added: “Any dialogue with the communist dictatorship in North Korea should address the egregious human rights violations of the North Korean regime and call out North Korea for what it truly is: a nationwide prison camp with 25 million inmates.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
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