SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- The U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) is pushing its "revitalization" campaign amid diplomacy for peace with North Korea, stoking speculation about its intentions and ultimate goal.
Since 2014, the enforcer of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War has been strengthening its staff by securing more contributions from its member states and having senior officials dedicated exclusively to their UNC roles rather than taking other responsibilities.
The campaign has been picking up pace amid intensifying Sino-U.S. rivalry, talks for Washington's envisioned transfer of wartime operational control to Seoul and efforts for a lasting peace regime on the peninsula that could render the UNC obsolete.
Analysts said that the initiative appears aimed at ensuring the UNC's readiness for military contingencies, enhancing America's influence over the peninsula or preserving the U.S-led regional security order challenged by an assertive China.
As part of the revitalization drive, the UNC inaugurated Canadian Lt. Gen. Wayne D. Eyre as its deputy commander in July. It was the first time in its 68-year history that a non-American has been appointed to the post, which had been dominated by U.S. officers -- most recently Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, the former chief of the 7th Air Force who doubled as the deputy chief of the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK).
Source: Yonhap News Agency