US Forces Korea Suspends Another Shooting Exercise At Rodriguez Range Following Another Accident

Olivia Cheong, Jan. 15, 2018, 9:51 a.m.


U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has again suspended the operation of an accident-prone firing range close to the border with North Korea following a probe into the latest case of stray bullets found in a nearby area, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday.

The rounds of ammo were discovered on Jan. 3 at a nearby South Korean military base in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, apparently fired from a machine gun during American troops' shooting drill at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, about 30 kilometers south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The allies looked jointly into the case.

South Korea's Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk was briefed by 8th Army Commander Lt. Gen. Michael A. Bills and the 2nd Infantry Commander Maj. Gen. D. Scott McKean on the results of the investigation and related safety measures, according to the ministry.

It did not provide details.

The ministry said USFK accepted a proposal from Suh to halt all shooting activities at the site until the safety steps are completed, the ministry added.

The move indicates that the two sides have confirmed that the bullets came from the range.

The 8th Army also plans to meet local residents to explain related efforts before deciding whether and when to resume training there.

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