Curfew continues for U.S. military in S. Korea
The United States military in South Korea stated that it will continue a curfew for service members in S. Korea until further notice in an effort to provide ongoing mission readiness.
- South Korean curfew has been extended by U.S. military
- We have to stay centered on our main mission
- Rape of 17-year-old South Korean teenager
South Korean curfew has been extended by U.S. military
The Unite States military has extended the troop curfew that was placed as a result of two high publicity rape cases concerning U.S. soldiers. The U.S. Forces Korea commander General James D. Thurman stated the curfew has been extended today until further notification. "The reason related to the curfew is to guarantee continual mission readiness as well as to evaluate the most recent operational environment," U.S. Forces Korea stated.
The new off-base curfew hours on all U.S. service members in Korea are now from 1 am to 5 a.m., seven days a week. The earlier curfew, placed on October 7, ran from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. on weekends as well as holidays, independent news source Stars as well as Stripes said.
We have to stay centered on our main mission
"We have to stay centered on our main mission here, as well as to protect against external aggression and if necessary, protect the Republic related to Korea as well as our ROK colleagues," Thurman stated. "I expect as well as trust that our service members will keep working to uphold the very best standards related to individual readiness as well as common courtesy while they serve on the Republic related to Korea."
The October curfew had been due to a series of incidents that have triggered anger and indignation in South Korea. U.S. military as well as South Korean representatives have gotten together to speak about potential changes to the position related to the Forces Agreement between the two countries after the incident of Private Lee Flippin's conviction last year after he brutalized and raped a South Korean teenager, as well as rape allegations to protect against a second soldier, Stars and Stripes stated.
Rape of 17-year-old South Korean teenager
The September 24 rape the 17-year-old South Korean teenager by Private Kevin Lee Flippin set off anti-American protests and caused immense anger toward the U.S. military. Flippin, age 21, stationed with the 2nd Infantry Division, was sentenced in Uijeongbu District Court on Tuesday for 10 years in prison, the heaviest sentence declared against a U.S. service member in South Korea in almost 20 years