A senior Canadian officer will become the deputy commander of the United Nations force in Korea, Canada's Department of National Defence said Monday.
Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre will become the first non-U.S. general officer to hold the post since the international headquarters command was created 68 years ago.
He takes up the appointment ahead of a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
The United Nations Command oversees the multinational forces who fought the Korean War between 1950-53 and serves as the mechanism through which nations can be recalled should fighting erupt on the contested peninsula.
The organization has — since the late 1970s — taken a bit of a back seat since the South Koreans and the U.S. took more direct control for the defence of the country.