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Rear Admiral Larry G. Vogt, center right, and other senior members of the United Nations Command face their North Korean counterparts across the negotiating table during the 458th Military Armistice Commission DN-ST-91-02136

The 458th Military Armistice Commission meeting in 1990

Staff Sgt. Jim Baker, United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, left, and other security personnel from North and South Korea, attend a joint-duty officers meeting in the Military Armistice Building DF-ST-89-04864

A joint duty officers meeting in the Military Armistice Building in 1989

The United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) was established in July 1953 at the end of the Korean War to supervise the Korean Armistice Agreement, and which has been operating ever since.[1]


Existing slow-moving talks towards an armistice were taken up by President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower after he visited United Nations Command forces in Korea. His diplomacy, along with the threat of a nuclear confrontation and the death of Stalin, convinced North Korea and China to sign the armistice and exchange prisoners of war. Most United Nations troops were then withdrawn. There was no peace treaty, and Korea remains divided along the Military Demarcation Line near the 38th parallel.[2]

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