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Published On: Sun, Aug 18th, 2013

US Defies UN – Orders to Change Fraudulent UN Designation for US Troops in Korea

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) ,- Three UN Secretary Generals have pointed out that the USA is illegally making use of the United Nations designation for the US´s military on the Korean peninsula, insisting that the USA remedies the abuse of the UN name. More than six decades after the armistice, the USA continues to usurp the UN name and with it the apparent authority for its presence in Korea, ignoring the demand of the present UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-moon to stop using the UN designation illegally.

When the Korean armistice was signed by the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPKR), China, and the united States of America, USA, on 27 July, 1953, the USA already then, willfully falsified its role as if it represented the United Nations, said Prof. Dr. Kiyul Chung, a Korean, and visiting professor in journalism at Tsinghua University.

Kiyul Chung August 2013Prof. Chung made the statement at a symposium in Tokyo, Japan, which was being held on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the armistice. Prof. Chung stressed 60 years of illegality due to the United States illegal use of the designation “UN Command” in Korea. Prof. Chung states, that the USA has illegally used the UN designation in Korea:

ever since it falsely justified its military and strategic agenda in the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asia region by wearing the United Nations Command hat”.

Chung further underlined the fact that two former UN Secretary Generals, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan, as well as the present UN Secretary General, Ban Kyi-moon all have categorically pointed out the illegality of the US military presence under the designation UN Command in Korea. Prof. Chung quoted the office of the UN Secretary General:

“The United States, without any authority from the United Nations, changed the name of the ´Unified Command` it was to direct, to the name of ´UN Command`. This change falsifies the nature of the US role in the Korean War and in the Armistice, making it appear that the US is acting under the authority of the United Nations”. 

B-2 Strategic Nuclear Long Distance Stealth BomberProf. Chung stressed, that the decisions which are made by the UN Command are in fact being made by the USA, while the USA is neither acting as a subsidiary nor as a representative of the United Nations when it is acting under the name UN Command.

The illegal use of the UN designation however, as Chung points out, is giving the false appearance “that the USA is acting under the authority of the UN”.  Addressing the symposium, Chung further stressed, that:

“Even the UN as a whole has asked the US to resolve the issue of illegally and falsely using the name UN Command. In November 1975, Resolution 3390(XXX) B was passed by the UN General Assembly calling for negotiations between the relevant parties so that the US would no longer use the misleading designation ´UN Command` to represent the US military role. However, the US has not fulfilled on the obligation to carry out these negotiations. 

Chung also referred to a statement by the Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-moon, made when he was approached with a question about the issue at a press briefing on 21 June 2013. The Deputy Spokesperson said:

“But the United Nations has never had any role in the command of any armed forces deployed in the Korean peninsula. In particular, the United Nations did not at any time have any role in the command of the forces that operated in Korea under the Unified Command between 1950 and 1953. This is a matter for the parties to the agreement. The United Nations is not a party to the Armistice Agreement”. 

While the United States has frequently been criticized for its disruptive role with regards to peace in the Korean peninsula and with regards to the peaceful, self-determined re-unification of the country, the UN has also frequently been criticized for its passive role with regard to enforcing the illegal use of the UN designation in Korea.

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About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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