US Forces Korea opens new headquarters

Seoul, June 29: The US Forces Korea (USFK) opened its new headquarters in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Friday, in a relocation project likely to broaden its security role long defined by deterrence against North Korea. The USFK held a ceremony to celebrate the relocation from Yongsan, central Seoul, to Camp Humphreys, a sprawling complex about 70 km from Seoul, after a delay caused by residents’ protests, budgetary issues and massive construction work to prevent floods, reports Yonhap News Agency. The UNC oversees the armistice that halted the 1950-53 Korean War, while the USFK, along with the South Korea-US Combined Forces Command (CFC), is a force provider in case of contingencies as well as a deterrent against Pyongyang’s possible aggression. The relocation marked the separation of the USFK and UNC headquarters from that of the CFC still in Seoul.South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that the new headquarters will help ensure the stable stationing of the USFK. (IANS)