Religious leaders in Korea have called for a peace accord between the two Koreas during an event, where Catholic, Protestant, Won Buddhist and native Korean religion Cheondogyo leaders were present and highlighted the significance of maintaining peace in the Korean peninsula, at the Won Buddhist Seongju Shrine on July 26, 2017. Since the war, the North and the South have remained bitter enemies and tensions have been high in these recent months, over North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile development program.

As reported by, His Excellency Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea remarked that “If peace in the Korean peninsula is not settled, the peace of Northeast Asia will collapse, thus the Korean peninsula will be the powder keg for another war.” Further His Grace added, “It is a delusion to settle peace with arms, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) cannot bring peace in Korea.”

The event was organized to commemorate the 64th Anniversary of the truce which ended the Korean war(1950-53).