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U.S. Plan to Reorganize UN Command Blasted

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

    Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) -- If the U.S. seek to ignite the second Korean war by introducing multinational forces despite our repeated warnings, the army of the DPRK will have no option but to take a decisive and resolute measure to contain them before they go into action, warned a spokesman for the Panmunjom mission of the Korean People's Army in a statement on Thursday assailing the U.S. plan to reorganize the "UN Command" into a "multinational coalition command" on an expansion basis. The statement continued:
    The U.S. brought military personnel from those countries which participated in the Korean war to south Korea under the nonsensical pretext that duties for the implementation of the Armistice Agreement have increased. It allows them to interfere in the activities of officials concerned of the north and the south on the railways and roads under the joint control of the north and the south and even permits them to strut about in the joint security area in Panmunjom under the guise of "guides for visitors". These disturbing moves of the U.S. allies before and after the U.S. announcement of its plan for the reorganization of the "UN Command" go to clearly prove that the U.S. has already begun its operation to build a framework of "the multinational coalition command".
    The "UN Command" is nothing but a by-product from the armistice mechanism, which should have been dismantled long ago. Yet, the U.S. mulls reorganizing it on an expansion basis. This is a high-handed practice swimming against the trend of the times and defying the demand of the Koreans and the UN resolution calling for the dismantlement of the "command".
    Lurking behind such moves of the U.S. is a sinister strategic aim. It seeks to continue using the signboard of the "UN forces" for justifying its forces' presence in south Korea and perpetuating it.
    The U.S. organized the south Korea-U.S. "Combined Command," for fear that it might lose the justification for its forces' presence in south Korea in case the "UN Command" was disbanded according to the resolution adopted at the 30th UN General Assembly in 1975. Now that the issue of transferring the right of operation to south Korea has been placed high on the agenda, the U.S. again got worried about the disbandment of the "command". This prompted Washington to reorganize the "command", a U-turn from its former stand, in a bid to find a pretext for perpetuating its forces' presence in south Korea.
    It is not the only aim sought by the U.S. in its moves for the reorganization of the "command".
    It pursues another sinister strategic purpose to stifle the DPRK militarily, contain China and Russia, and furthermore, expand the sphere of its domination in Asia. The Korean army and people can never remain a passive on-looker to this development as the U.S. is contemplating the introduction of multinational forces to perpetuate its military presence in south Korea, not content with having kept the Korean nation divided into two for more than 60 years since its occupation of it. The KPA always remains highly vigilant against the U.S. bellicose forces' war hysteria and is closely following the moves of the allies of the U.S. dancing to its tune. The U.S. had better disband the illegal "UN Command" without delay just as demanded by the unbiased public opinion and the UN resolution and pull back its forces from south Korea at an early date.



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