A Message for North Korea and China in Times Square

(Photo by Yeo Ram Choi for Voices of NY)

(Photo by Yeo Ram Choi for Voices of NY)

Following North Korea’s recent rocket launch, which evoked strong opposition in the international community, an advertisement appeared on a signboard in the center of Manhattan.

On Feb. 8, Ted Han, CEO of Bridge Enterprises, put it up at the intersection of 48th Street and Broadway in Times Square. The ad says: “DPRK: STOP NUCLEAR GAMBLE!”

With a picture of the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un in the background, it adds, “For World Peace, China as UN Security Council Permanent Member should prevent North Korea from developing Nuclear Weapon.”

It is criticizing China’s call to lighten the severity of sanctions on North Korea as the world community discusses means to impose sanctions against it after their nuclear test on Jan. 6.

The advertisement will be on the signboard for about two weeks until Feb. 21, and then will be posted on another signboard at Broadway and 47th Street from Feb. 22 to Mar. 6, which is expected to reach a significant number of tourists and New York residents, given its location.

Han put the ad up at his own expense and said, “I’m placing the ad to condemn North Korea which always provokes [other countries] with nuclear issues, and to urge China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to take action on it.”

Han has put advertisements on signboards around Times Square for years about many issues, with titles such as “Congratulations on Hosting 2018 XXIII Winter Olympic Games” and “Welcome the Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in North Korea!

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