N. Korea warns US hostility could lead to war, demands dissolution of UN command in S. Korea

UNITED NATIONS (AP/AFP) - North Korea's envoy is demanding the dissolution of the United Nation command in South Korea to guarantee peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

Ambassador Sin Son Ho told reporters on Friday at a rare press conference that the UN command in South Korea is merely a tool of the United States and "has nothing to do with the unanimous will of the United Nations".

He also said that US hostility can "lead to war any time", but he reaffirmed an offer for the talks with the US .hat he said could include nuclear weapons.

He added that US had driven up tensions through its nuclear "threat", but North Korea is ready for "wide-ranging" talks with the US administration.

The three-year Korean War ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, and left the Korean Peninsula divided by a heavily fortified border monitored by the US-led UN Command.

Washington also stations 28,500 American troops in South Korea to protect its ally against North Korean aggression.

The ambassador's statement follows Pyongyang's surprise offer Sunday for direct nuclear disarmament talks with the US.