U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Walter Sharp has promised senior Korean military officers he will take prompt and transparent action over claims that the USFK buried drums of the deadly defoliant Agent Orange at Camp Carroll in southeastern Korea in 1978.
A government source on Tuesday said Sharp "has been meeting with one senior Korean military officer after another" since the scandal broke last week. "He said it is a serious matter not only for Koreans but U.S. servicemen if the dioxin-based chemical was really buried at Camp Carroll, where U.S. servicemen still live and work."
The U.S. agreed to a joint probe "unprecedentedly promptly and took the initiative to disclose relevant documents, apparently because they are worried about a resurgence of anti-American sentiment in Korea as well as the safety of the Korean people and U.S. servicemen," the source added.