UN denies heavy weapons in Korean border village

The US-led UN Command on Tuesday dismissed North Korea`s allegation that the United States and South Korea brought heavy weapons to the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas.

Seoul: The US-led UN Command on Tuesday dismissed
North Korea`s allegation that the United States and South
Korea brought heavy weapons to the truce village of Panmunjom
inside the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas.

The UN Command oversees the armistice that ended the
1950-53 Korean War. No peace treaty has been signed to replace
the cease-fire. The US stations about 28,500 troops in South
Korea as a deterrent against the North.

The North`s military said on Monday that US troops
deployed heavy weapons to Panmunjom on Saturday and warned of
strong military countermeasures if the weapons were not
withdrawn. The North made the allegation in a protest message.

The UN command in a statement today said it continues to
abide by the armistice agreement and "did not move heavy
weapons into Panmunjom on June 26."

Maj Gen Lawrence L Wells, an American member of the UN
command, urged North Korea to attend to talks with the command
to discuss the country`s allegation.

The command had proposed military talks with North Korea
to discuss the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed
on Pyongyang, but the North rejected it. On Sunday, Pyongyang
accused the US of trying to meddle in inter-Korean affairs
under the name of the UN.

Bureau Report

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