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Prompt Dissolution of "UN Command" Urged

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 5 (KCNA) -- The commander of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces in south Korea told at a recent hearing of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee that the United States would guide member nations involved in the "UN Command" to work out an operation plan for "emergency" and participate in the detailed activities for its implementation in a bid to further increase the role of the command and convert it into a "multinational coalition command". Rodong Sinmun Wednesday observes in a signed article in this regard: This scheme of the U.S. is an outrageous challenge to peace and security of the Korean Peninsula, and it is a dangerous attempt to perpetuate its military presence in south Korea and escalate the moves to ignite a new war.
    The article further says:
    The "UN Command" in south Korea is illegal as it was created under the U.S. coercion in utter disregard of the UN Charter and the basic principles of international law. It is a U.S. forces command, from A to Z, in light of the background against which it was formed, from a financial point of view and in view of its military system. It is no more than a puppet body of the U.S. as it has neither legal ground nor justification for its existence. So, this "command" should have been disbanded long ago. Yet, the U.S. is keen to further expand and reinforce it.
    What the U.S. seeks in doing so is to place the south Korean authorities under its tighter military control and convert the "UN Command" into a "multinational coalition command" so as to find a pretext for keeping its forces in south Korea, Japan and other parts of Northeast Asia. Another aim sought by the U.S. is to replace the helmets of "UN forces" under which the GIs are going with those of "multinational coalition forces". Its ultimate goal is to use those forces as mercenaries in its war of aggression. It is the demand of international law to disband the "command" and drive the U.S. forces out of south Korea, and this is prerequisite to protecting peace and security on the Korean Peninsula from war.
    The U.S. should no longer insist on keeping the illegal "command" but dissolve it at an early date and withdraw its forces from south Korea, as required by international law and the times.

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