US military increases security at S. Korea bases due to potential threat

30-Mar-2019 Intellasia | Stripes | 7:06 AM Print This Post

The US military in South Korea increased security at bases across the divided peninsula Friday after receiving a potential threat.

Security measures were stepped up after American law enforcement officials notified US Forces Korea of the potential threat by an individual against the installations, according to a USFK announcement posted on social media.

“Organisations from USFK, [South Korea] and law enforcement are cooperating to appropriately assess the credibility of the threat,” it said. “During this time, you may see increased force protection measures.”

The statement didn’t elaborate. USFK officials declined to publicly specify the measures or elaborate on the potential threat due to the security concerns involved, but they urged people to be vigilant.

The new U.S. Forces Korea building seen at Camp Humphreys, South Korea.(Stripes)

The new U.S. Forces Korea building seen at Camp Humphreys, South Korea.(Stripes)

“USFK requests your patience and cooperation as we work collectively to ensure our service members, families and community remains safe and secure,” the statement said.

Some 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

Many servicemembers have families with them. Civilian contractors and South Korean employees also have access to the bases.

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