U.S. has no plan to send Okinawa marines to S. Korea: report.SEOUL, June 8 Kyodo
The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. is not planning to send to South Korea its marines to be pulled out of Okinawa, Japan, a local daily reported Friday, citing a U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman.
"The Defense Department has no plans to relocate marines from Okinawa to South Korea," Maj. Cathy Wilkinson said in an email interview with the Korea Herald The Korea Herald is one of a handful of English-language newspapers in South Korea. Its competitors include the Korea Times and the English edition of the JoongAng Ilbo. Like them, it is headquartered in Seoul. , dismissing speculation that they will be dispatched to South Korea on a rotational basis.
Washington and Tokyo announced in April their agreement to move some 9,000 U.S. Marines from Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Reports had said that the United States was considering sending some of them to South Korea, possibly the country's western coastal area, to bolster deterrence against North Korea.
The reports caused concerns that the presence of U.S. troops specializing in amphibious landing Noun 1. amphibious landing - a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion; "MacArthur staged a massive amphibious landing behind enemy lines"
landing - the act of coming to land after a voyage operations could provoke Pyongyang and Beijing, particularly at a time when tension has increased due to Pyongyang's continuing saber-rattling, such as the botched botch
tr.v. botched, botch·ing, botch·es
1. To ruin through clumsiness.
2. To make or perform clumsily; bungle.
3. To repair or mend clumsily.
1. rocket launch in April and indications that it plans a third nuclear test.
Experts say that although the U.S. Marines could stay here for a short period of time for exercise purposes, it may be difficult for them to be stationed here as the United States seeks to scale back defense spending and would have to build facilities to accommodate them.
"For the U.S, it is of course burdensome to deploy marines to South Korea given the budget required to accommodate them here," said Lee Dae Woo, senior fellow at Sejong Institute, according to the Korea Herald.
"Should it have to send the marines to this region, it is highly likely that they would be dispatched to the Philippines as there are growing maritime disputes in the South China Sea. As Korea has a presidential election this year, domestic political conditions are not good for that as well," Lee was quoted as saying.
The United States already has around 28,500 troops on the Korean Peninsula, mainly as deterrence against North Korea.
It is working to relocate its troops in Seoul and north of the capital down to Pyeongtaek, in Gyeonggi Province, as part of its global troop realignment re·a·lign
tr.v. re·a·ligned, re·a·lign·ing, re·a·ligns
1. To put back into proper order or alignment.
2. To make new groupings of or working arrangements between. scheme designed for "strategic mobility."