China is to blame for the immeasurable suffering of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, and the world must loudly and unanimously condemn human rights abuses in Beijing and contempt for faith and freedom, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at an international rally over the weekend.
Speaking to world leaders and international dignitaries at the 2022 World Summit, Mr Pompeo harshly criticized China’s leadership and what it did to cover up the COVID-19 outbreak, which later spread around the world, killing millions.
The former top U.S. diplomat tried to link how Beijing is tackling the health crisis and its fundamental opposition to the concepts of peace and freedom, which could eventually lead to the reunification of North and South Korea.
“This virus was imposed on the world by the Communist Party, which has refused to do the right thing for God at the moment. It put their citizens on planes knowing they were contagious. … What conception of humanity considers it remotely decent or acceptable? ” Asked Mr. Pompeo.
“What vision of a higher power justifies such an involuntary humiliation of the value of every human life? This, ladies and gentlemen, is not about the Chinese people. We are talking about this formation and its leaders, about the challenges it poses to those of us who seek peace and harmony in our world, ”he said.
“This Communist Party cannot stand why we are here today,” Mr Pompeo said.
Mr Pompeo delivered a powerful speech at the event, which was set up to promote world peace and mobilize hope for efforts to end the North Korean nuclear crisis and the long-running conflict between North and South Korea.
The 2022 World Summit was organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and brought together participants from all continents, both virtually and face-to-face in Seoul. Mr Pompeo, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and many other high-ranking former officials were among the speakers.
“Seeds of Peace”
Former President Donald Trump made a video recording. He said his diplomacy with North Korea, including three personal meetings with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, helped lay the groundwork for final reunification.
“We have planted the seeds of peace and cooperation, and now we must allow them to flourish and grow like a giant tree,” Mr Trump said. “To waste this chance would be a profound tragedy.”
Mr Trump has blamed the Biden administration for its treatment of North Korea. He said a number of major Pyongyang missile tests underscore the lack of respect for current leaders in Washington.
In his speech in Seoul, Mr. Pence did not name the Biden administration by name.
However, he suggested that Washington was not reacting aggressively enough to North Korea’s missile tests, and said the Trump administration’s diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea proved that “peace stands for strength.”
“Weakness causes evil, and the resurgence of missile tests and provocations from Pyongyang,” [including] “This week’s promises to shake up the‘ world ’are a testament to that truth,” Mr Pence said. He was referring to North Korea’s claims in recent days of US confrontation, “shaking the world” with missile tests.
However, the historic diplomacy of the Trump administration ultimately failed to reach a groundbreaking denuclearization agreement.
Mr. Trump withdrew from the second summit with Mr. Kim in 2019. He said the North Korean side had demanded a sharp lifting of sanctions in exchange for only a limited commitment to destroy part of its nuclear arsenal, which it had created for decades in violation of repeated UN Security Council resolutions.
For years, attempts at diplomacy with the North Koreans have yielded nothing, and the Kim regime is conducting increasingly brazen missile tests.
“That day will come”
Hopes for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula were the dominant theme at the World Summit. In his keynote speech, Mr Pompeo said China could play a constructive role in the effort, but its leaders chose a different path.
“North Korea is following suit [Chinese Communist Party]. We are talking about the Chinese conflict with Tibet, with Mongolia, with the people of Hong Kong and their efforts in Taiwan, ”Mr Pompeo said. “We must not forget the long border and the conflict between the Chinese Communist Party and the Korean people of the North.”
Mr Pompeo made sober remarks during speeches by a number of prominent international figures. The world summit was organized by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of UPF, and co-organized by Cambodian Prime Minister Hong Sen and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Ms. Moon, the widow of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, is the leader of the Unification Movement, which grew out of the Unification Church, which the Reverend Moon founded in 1954, a year after a US-backed truce froze the war between the North and North. South Korea.
She and her husband have dedicated their lives to the reunification of the Korean Peninsula and the promotion of world peace. They founded The Washington Times in 1982.
A number of prominent politicians and current world leaders attended the summit over the weekend, including Nigerian President Muhammadu Bukhara, Albanian President Ilir Meta, Senegalese President Maki Sal and former European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Mr. Pence and other speakers praised Mrs. Moon’s work on Friday.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, who also addressed a meeting in Seoul, praised the participants for uniting in the name of peace for the whole world and for the Korean Peninsula.
“The human race will move forward for security, prosperity and freedom only if good people find the time, show courage and participate,” Mr Gingrich said.
“The human race is in one of those weird turning points when the technology that unites us can be the technology that destroys us, and I think that effort, it’s the desire to talk together, to bring together really wonderful bands that come from all over the world to such a conference to make friends, to return home, realizing that you have common things that allow you to build a better future, I believe that all this is very, very important, “he said.
Messrs. Pence and Mr. Pompeo expressed optimism about the Korean Peninsula.
“Based on the progress I’ve seen in the Trump-Pence administration, I’m still confident that a bright future is on the horizon for the United States, the people of the Korean Peninsula, the Asia-Pacific region and the world,” Pence said.
“No repressive regime can last forever,” he said. “For within every human heart is an unquenchable fire that burns to be free. Inside every human soul there is an insatiable thirst for freedom. “
A united Korea, Mr Pompeo said, is within reach.
“The moment of unification will come,” he said. “That day will come.”