North Korean Ambassador calls for dismantlement of UNC

North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Song, has called for the dismantlement of the US-led UN Command (UNC) on the Korean Peninsula, claiming that it only serves Washington's political and military interests.

According to reports, the envoy made the remarks at the UN General Assembly's 76th Session's fourth committee meeting in New York on October 27, accusing the US of using the command for the "occupation" of South Korea and exerting influence in the region.

"My delegation believes that immediate action should be taken to disband the UNC in South Korea, which is abusing the UN's name," he said. The UNC was established in 1950 under a UN mandate in response to North Korea's military provocations, and it has served as the enforcer of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1950-53.

Pyongyang has remained unresponsive to Washington's overtures for dialogue, demanding that the US first withdraw what it calls its "hostile policy" against North Korea. Denuclearization talks have been stalled since the February 2019 Hanoi summit between the US and North Korea failed to produce a deal.

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