September 19, 2019 10:12
The U.S. Forces Korea is ready to return 15 bases to the Korean government "at the earliest possible date," it said Wednesday.
Korea "recently announced that it desired to expedite the return process of 26 U.S. military installations," the USFK said in a press release.
Fifteen of them "have been vacated, closed and [are] available for transfer," it added. They include Camp Hovey in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province (closed in October 2012), Camps Eagle and Long in Wonju, Gangwon Province (closed in October 2010), and Camp Market in Bupyeong, Incheon (closed in February 2015).
It added that two parcels of the former USFK headquarters in Yongsan "have been... available for transfer since 2014 with another three parcels since summer 2019 for a total of five parcels available now."
Cheong Wa Dae recently urged the takeover of the bases to be expedited but was initially met with radio silence.
The bases are heavily contaminated with munitions, engine oil and other depredations from decades of military use and will require an expensive cleanup before they can be turned to better use.
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