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NKorea Demands Dissolution of UN Command In SKorea

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea's envoy is demanding the dissolution of the U.N. command in South Korea to guarantee peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

Ambassador Sin Son Ho told reporters Friday that the U.N. command in South Korea is merely a tool of the United States and "has nothing to do with the unanimous will of the United Nations."

The three-year Korean War, ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, and left the Korean Peninsula divided by a heavily fortified border monitored by the U.S.-led U.N. Command. Washington also stations 28,500 American troops in South Korea to protect its ally against North Korean aggression.

The ambassador's statement follows Pyongyang's surprise offer Sunday for direct nuclear disarmament talks with the U.S.

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