Reports revealed on Wednesday that, U.S.-led U.N. Command (UNC) has concluded that, during the last month, both South Korea and North Korea violated the armistice by sending drones into each other’s territories. UNC is the enforcer of the armistice, which halted the 1950-53 Korean War.
UNC recently came to this conclusion, after their special team investigated the infiltrations of drones from North Korea into South Korea on December 26. Following this, as a “corresponding” step, South Korea also sent its drones to North Korea.
Gen. Paul LaCamera, the UNC Commander was briefed about the outcome of the investigation in this regard. LaCamera, who also heads the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command and the U.S. Forces Korea, was in double thought about whether to reveal the outcome of the investigation. There were concerns that it might result in friction with the S. Korean government.
S. Korea’s defense ministry defended its decision of sending drones into North Korea’s territory, as the right to “self-defense”. It insisted that its right is not restricted by the armistice. S. Korea’s defense ministry said, it respects the authority of the U.N. Command related to the armistice enforcement. It is cooperating with the ongoing investigation in an active manner.