SEOUL, June 08 (Yonhap) — South Korea and the United States are in talks on selecting a new site to house the U.S. military facilities the countries agreed to keep in central Seoul as part of of their plan to relocate bases, sources said here Wednesday.
Both sides have “positively” assessed the idea of placing remnant military installations on a site right next to an area in the far north of the U.S. Army’s Yongsan Garrison – now earmarked for the construction of the new US Embassy complex, the sources said.
Seoul and Washington initially agreed to place the residual facilities on a 105,000 square meter site in the southern part of the garrison. The review came after the recent move of the South Korean presidential office near this site.
“Both parties are discussing the selection of a new site positively, but no final decision has been made yet,” a source told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity.
The two countries agreed to keep the residual Yongsan facilities despite their agreement to relocate other garrison facilities to Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of the capital. Facilities include the Dragon Hill Lodge.