Rep. Cisneros Cosponsors Legislation Calling for a Formal End of the Korean War

May 16, 2019
Press Release

Today, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) cosponsored H.R. 152, calling for a formal end of the Korean War. While parties in the Korean conflict signed an Armistice Agreement that pledged “a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved”, there has yet to be a formalized peace treaty ending the war.

“I am proud to cosponsor a resolution calling for a formal end of the Korean War. President Moon Jae-in has made reconciliation with North Korea a priority for South Korea and it’s critical that the United States support his efforts,” said Rep. Cisneros. “A formal end to the Korean War will help bring much needed closure to our Korean War veterans and families. As all sides continue to work towards a final peace agreement, our resolution calls for greater cooperation in repatriating our fallen service members, reuniting divided Korean and Korean-American families, and continuing other humanitarian efforts.”

The resolution supports South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s diplomatic efforts towards a formal declaration of the end of war on the Korean Peninsula via a peace agreement and continued peaceful engagement with North Korea on several economic, cultural, and humanitarian matters.  H.Res 152 does not necessitate a withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea, affirming that is a matter between the United States and South Korea regardless of any treaty or agreement that would formally end the Korean War.  The resolution also does not necessitate acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear power; rather, the bill calls for continued diplomatic engagement to achieve peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Rep. Cisneros is an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). This bill was recently introduced and has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The Congressman has also cosponsored additional legislation to support the Korean peninsula including, H.R. 1771 the Divided Families Reunification Act which requires the Secretary of State to consult with officials in South Korea on potential opportunities to reunite Korean American families with family members in North Korea and H.Res. 164 a resolution to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Korea’s March 1st Movement Day.