California Gov., Jerry Brown, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022, citing the chemical attack by the North Korean government against the Korean people.
Brown was elected in 2020, when California was one of the first states to declare an emergency after the chemical weapons attack on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
Brown said in a statement on Wednesday that the “time has come to end our destructive foreign policy and embrace peace and prosperity in California.”
“I will not be re-elected,” Brown said.
“California will not stand by and watch another chemical weapon attack on our state, our people or our planet.”
The chemical attack, which has caused widespread health and environmental damage, was caused by the toxic chemical, Sarin.
It also caused the release of over 4,400 tons of the highly toxic nerve agent sarin gas, which was believed to have been used to attack civilians and soldiers in the Korean War.
Brown had previously been re-appointed to his current term in 2018 after being elected in 2022.
“As the Governor of California, I will not take the bait of a foreign government, and will not allow it to continue to do so,” Brown wrote in the statement.
“I look forward to working with the incoming Administration to help create the conditions for lasting peace and stability in the world.”