Until his departure, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was led by the government of President Roh Moo-Hyun, a self professed leftist president whose domestic approval rating averaged around 10%. While President Roh's administration gave many promises to the ideals of international cooperation and national autonomy, his actions were contrary to such promises and damaged the many decades of political
alliance with the United States. Despite clear evidence to the contrary, President Roh even stated that the North Korea's nuclear weapons program was not for purposes of military aggression, but rather for domestic purposes. President Roh hid the true intent of the North Korean regime, which was and is to spread its brand of militaristic Communism throughout the Korean peninsula. Focusing solely its relations with the Government of North Korea, the Roh Moo-Hyun administration ignored and turned
blind eyes to the human rights violations of the North Koreans residing within North Korea, and the North Korean defectors residing in China and elsewhere's yearnings for freedom and democracy.
It is important for the United States to know that approximately 90% of all South Korean people believe that the presence of the U.S. military in South Korea safeguards the South from the military aggressions of the North. We, the ethnic Koreans who live in Korea, the U.S. and other countries throughout the world, are cognizant of the American public's disappointment and disillusionment in light of what appears to have been South Korea's official defense of North Korea's extensive breach of international code of law under the former South Korean President.
The Korean people remember and are grateful for the great sacrifice of the U.S., including the deaths of over 35,000 American military personnel who died to preserve democracy on the Korean peninsula. We are also grateful for the American commitment to the Korean people for the past sixty plus years, which has helped bring about and maintain peace and economic prosperity to South Korea. We regard the Americans to be our brothers and sisters, a bond which cannot and will never be broken. For many of us who are residing in the U.S., we are Americans, and are proud of the Stars and Stripes.
The people of South Korea are heartbroken over the past deterioration of the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea under Former President Roh. There are over three million Korean-Americans living in the states, and more than 4,500 Korean-American churches located throughout the U.S., all of whom love this nation and pray for the continued strong relations between the two countries. We pray for a strong alliance between the U.S. and South Korea, not only for the security of South Korea, but also because it is crucial to the defense of democracy throughout the world.
With the departure of the former President Roh, we entreat the American people and its government to once again listen to the cries of the Korean majority, and in the name of our Lord, we plead with the political and spiritual leaders of this great nation to not abandon both Koreas. In order for that democracy, which was birthed with the precious blood of many fallen Americans to grow and flourish in Korea, the economic and military alliance between United States and Korea is critical and must continue. We pray that both countries will once again return to the decades of harmonious relationship we both had previously enjoyed prior to the Roh administration.
God bless America! God bless Korea! May God help us in the plight to safeguard the non existant Human Rights of the North Korean people, whereever they may be.