Forgets mentioning US – led Ssang Yong Amphibious Landing Drill with South Korea and the United States Illegal Use of the UN Designation in Korea.
Ban Kyi-moon expressed his concern about successive reports of new launches of missiles by the People’s Democratic Republic Korea (DPRK), said the office of the UN Secretary General in astatement.
The military of the DPRK has recently carried out military exercises, firing anti-ship missiles over the sea.
The missiles were launched within areas designated as military firing ranges. The exercises, reportedly, also included the firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles over the sea.
The UN Secretary General commented that
“such launches are contrary to building trust in the region”, and added that he “urges the DPRK to cease its ballistic missile activities and focus, together with other countries concerned, on the dialog and diplomacy necessary to maintain regional peace and security”.
The UN Secretary General did not comment on the joint US – South Korean Ssang Yong (Double Dragon) amphibious assault field exercise, which aims at preparing US and South Korean forces for an amphibious assault against the DPRK.
The Ssang Yong field exercise was launched March 27 and ends on April 7, 2014. The DPRK’s drills are, in other words, a defensive exercise that counters the offensive, US-led Ssang Yong exercise.
Ssang Yong was launched in continuation of this years Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises.
It is noteworthy that a Special Forces exercise, Balance Knife, has been added to the Foal Eagle field exercises since 2913. The additional special operations drills are aimed at infiltrating the DPRK and at building a domestic armed resistance within the DPRK.
There is good reason to suggest that Washington and Soul have taken this special operations segment far beyond “field exercises”, and that both are actively involved in the implementation, following a doctrine that has previously been applied in Libya, Syria, and most recently the Ukraine.
The details of the strategy have been disclosed when nsnbc published the classified US Special Forces Unconventional Warfare Training Circular TC 18-01.
Within the context of the UN Secretary General’s one-sided warning against the DPRK’s defensive exercises, it is noteworthy that the UN Secretary General did not use the opportunity to address the United States’ illegal use of the UN designation for its troops in the Korean peninsula.
On June 21, 2013, the Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General 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”.
The USA uses the misleading designation UN Command for its forces in the Korean peninsula and continues using this designation despite the fact that three UN Secretary General’s, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Kofi Annan, and Ban Kyi-moon himself, all have categorically pointed out the United States use of the UN designation is illegal.
Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at firstname.lastname@example.org