A South Korean was appointed Monday for the first time as the United Nations Command spokesman on the commission that oversees the Korean truce - a move that could prompt objections from North Korea.

Gen. Rober W. RisCassi, head of the U.N. Command and the top U.S. military commander in South Korea, named South Korean Army Maj. Gen. Hwang Won-tak as the command's spokesman on the Korean Military Armistice Commission.Hwang replaced U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James F. Record and became the first South Korean to hold the post since the commission was set up in July 1953 at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.