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Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (GA WAND) Responds to Senator Lindsey Graham’s Comments about a Potential Preemptive Nuclear Strike Against North Korea

nkoreaFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2017, Atlanta, GA: Georgia Women's Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND), formerly Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, responds to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham's recent remarks about striking North Korea with a nuclear bomb, by saying "there is no more 'over there' and 'over here'."

Lindsay Harper, Program and Communications Manager for Georgia WAND, goes on to say, "Referring to those in conflict areas by country names and not as people, further demonstrates an inadequacy of leadership on the [US Senate Foreign Relations] committee. Such dated thinking represents regressive societal and global relations. A nuclear strike, however 'limited,' is not a viable option for conflict resolution in the 21st century. We are a global society."

"There is clear evidence that too many of our nation's leaders are quick to escalate strained foreign relationships without the consultation and input from Americans with close personal knowledge of cultural minutiae, which could greatly inform policy decisions." Lindsay shares that Georgia WAND is currently surveying Korean Americans in Georgia regarding US foreign policy with North Korea in order to explore the thoughts and feelings of those who are directly impacted by the U.S.'s military, diplomatic, and trade decisions about the peninsula.

Results from the surveys and focus groups will be shared with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (GA), who also sits on the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

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