Republic of Korea
United Nations Command & Military Armistice Commission
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) deploys six personnel to the United Nations Command in the Republic of Korea (ROK).
The United Nations Command is a multinational body established in 1950 to defend the ROK. New Zealand has five personnel deployed to the United Nations Command and Military Armistice Commission, which is responsible for monitoring the armistice agreement signed at the end of the Korean War.
Three of these personnel are based at UNCMAC Headquarters in Seoul. One officer leads the Armistice Education programme, while another is responsible for coordinating and planning inspections and other activities in the Demilitarised Zone. A senior non-commissioned officer supports the Demilitarised Zone operations section.
The remaining two NZDF officers are based within the Demilitarised Zone. One is an assistant Operations Officer primarily responsible for conducting inspections. The other facilitates communication between the United Nations Command and the Korean People’s Army and supervises high level visits to the Joint Security Area.
One NZDF staff officer is deployed to the United Nations Command Headquarters. The Headquarters has a broad role in contributing to the maintenance of the Armistice through activities such as strategic messaging to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and conducting multinational exercises designed to enhance the Command’s readiness to defend the ROK from a DPRK attack. The officer is employed within the Multinational Co-ordination Centre.
The mandate for this deployment expires in August 2019.