(May 20, 2011) – Korea’s Environment Ministry said yesterday it plans to demand the United States verify a news report that the U.S. military buried leftover Agent Orange, a defoliant widely used during the Vietnam War, at one of its camps in Korea.
A U.S. TV station reported this week, citing three veterans, that U.S. Forces Korea buried the highly toxic substance at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Seoul, in 1978.
The report by Phoenix, Arizona-based KPHO CBS 5 News didn’t specify the amount of Agent Orange that was reportedly dumped at Camp Carroll, but one of the former USFK soldiers insisted that there were “approximately 250 drums” of the defoliant in storage at that time.
“We will raise the issue regarding the claims of the former USFK soldiers at an environment committee under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),” said an official at the Environment Ministry.
The committee meeting was set for later in the day and the ministry also plans to ask the U.S. side to jointly investigate the claims, the official said on the condition of anonymity.
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