The U.S. government has issued a rare apology for the rape of a Korean girl by a U.S. soldier stationed in Korea. The drunk 21-year-old private with the Second U.S. Infantry Division in Dongducheon on Sept. 24 threatened and repeatedly raped an 18-year-old Korean girl who had been watching TV in her rented room.
After the story broke in the local press, the commander of the division, Edward Cardon, apologized in a statement on Wednesday.
And on Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell telephoned Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Han Duk-soo to express their regrets over the incident and pledge full cooperation in the investigation.
This unusually quick response from the U.S. government, less than 24 hours after the news broke, reflects how sensitive the U.S. government is about Korean public opinion, a lesson learned from the fervent anti-U.S. protests following the death of two middle school girls under the wheels of a U.S. armored personnel carrier in June 2002.