ROK is a member of the UN and participates in ESCAP and all the nonregional specialized agencies. The UN Commission on the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea was dissolved in 1973, but the UN Command originating from the Korean War continues to supervise implementation of the 1953 armistice agreement.
The ROK pursues a vigorous international diplomacy, and in recent years has modified both its militant anti-Communist stance and its close alliance with the US. By 1986, the ROK was recognized by 122 nations, 67 of which also had diplomatic relations with the DPRK. The ROK participates in the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and G-77, is a permanent observer with the OAS, and is a signatory to the Law of the Sea and a member of the WTO.