The government is mulling a revision of the Status of Forces Agreement with the United States after revelations that the U.S. Forces Korea buried vast amounts of hazardous chemicals at bases here in the 1960s and 70s.
"The Foreign Ministry will look to supplement or revise the current SOFA if we feel that it is insufficient or lacks environmental provisions in resolving the Agent Orange issue," ministry spokesman Cho Byung-je said Thursday.
The scandal was triggered by claims from U.S. veterans that they buried drums of the lethal defoliant Agent Orange at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, North Gyeongsang Province in the late 70s. "The most important thing at the moment is to find out the facts quickly and effectively," the spokesman said. "We'll take the necessary steps as soon as the joint investigation is completed."