Introduce

  • When was SPARK formed? How is SPARK organized?
  • SPARK was formed in June 1994.
  • SPARK works towards national self-determination, peace and disarmament, establishment of a peace structure, and the reunification of Korea.
  • SPARK is a key representative peace and disarmament non-governmental organization in South korea.
  • SPARK is composed of nine district offices and 1,900 members from nearly every region of South Korea.
  • What kinds of activities is SPARK involved in?
  • SPARK is working to replace the unequal Korea-U.S. reelationship with a relationship based on equality
  • SPARK works for
  • revision or abolition of the unfair treaties like the Korea-U. S. Mutual Defense Treaty, the ROK-US Agreement on Status of U.S. Forces in Korea, etc.
  • gradual withdrawal of United States Forces Korea
  • opposition to enlargement of U.S.F.K. bases in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul
  • Within the peace/disarmament movement,
  • SPARK oppose
  • the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and Deployment of Korean troops in Iraq
  • joint Korea-U.S. military exercises that hamper the peace process
  • the preemptive nuclear attack plan and hostile policy of the U.S. against North Korea
  • SPARK promotes
  • the peaceful resolution of N.K. nuclear issue
  • the creation of a nuclear-free Korea
  • lasting peace on the Korean peninsula through a peace treaty
  • SPARK's activities in reducing the defense budget
  • the successful campaign to eliminate the budget for attack helicopters in 2001 and Patriot missiles for missile defense in 2004
  • the campaign in opposition to the purchase of the F-15K fighter airplanes in 2002~2003
  • the annual campaign to reduce the defense budget
  • Popular peace movement
  • the campaign to replace war toys with flower vases or books Activities to promote the reunification of Korea
  • participation in various reunification events that promote inter-Korean cooperation
  • Specialized peace research
  • SPARK established Research Institute in September 2004 to research issues of peace, disarmament and reunification; and to propose alternative policies.
  • Who leads SPARK?
  • Executive Chairperson : Prof. Kang, Jeong-koo, Mr. Bae, Jong-yeal, Fr. Moon, Kyu-hyun