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Activist hopes for peaceful end to 70-year conflict between North and South Korea

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Women Cross DMZ Executive Director Christine Ahn receives the Peace Summit Medal for Social Activism at the 18th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Dec. 12, 2022)

Christine Ahn was awarded the 2022 Peace Summit Medal for Social Activism this month at the 18th Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in South Korea. She's the founder of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

According to the Asia-Pacific publication The Diplomat, 71% of South Koreans favor peace. But former U.S. Army Col. and retired diplomat Ann Wright said South Korean polls put the estimate at 95%. Many want an end to the conflict and fear any measure of war.

The Conversation sat down with Ahn to talk about peace between North and South Korea. Ahn seeks the involvement of women at the negotiation table, a more democratic peace process, and an end to the 70-year rift between North and South Korea.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Dec. 27, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Stephanie Han is a producer for The Conversation. Contact her at shan@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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