United Nations : North Korea Tuesday called for closing down the "UN Command" on the Korean Peninsula, saying it serves the "US military strategy" by "abusing the name of the United Nations".
The statement came as Pak Kil Yon, vice minister for foreign affairs of North Korea, was addressing the General Debate of the UN General Assembly, a week-long event which ended here Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
"60 years have passed since the end of the gunfire of fierce 3- year-long war and the signing of the Armistice Agreement in the Korean peninsula in the last century," he said. "Yet, a mechanism that guarantees peace fails to be in place, as a result of which the unstable situation of neither war nor peace continues on the Korean peninsula."
Pak said "the'United Nations Command,' the outdated legacy of the Korean War, continues to serve the US military strategy by abusing the name of the United Nations."
The UN Command is the headquarters for the multinational military forces supporting South Korea during and after the Korean War in the 1950s.
The Korean War came to a cease-fire July 27, 1953, when the Armistice Agreement was signed in Panmunjom on the border shared by the North and South Koreas. But the war is not officially over because no peace treaty has ever been signed.
"The 'UN Command,' which has nothing to do with the United Nations, is ceaselessly conducting military actions threatening the Korean peninsula and its surrounding area in the name of the UN under the baton of the US," the North Korean vice minister added.