South Korean Ministry of Defense said it is trying to secure new large-scale firing ranges as replacements of the existing ranges for the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK).
The decision was taken after the U.S. military complained about limited access to the existing ones due to strong protests from residents. Residents near the USFK's Suseong firing range in the southeastern city of Pohang lodged strong complaints over noise, tremors and other safety issues, prompting the U.S. military to suspend live-fire exercises involving Apache attack helicopters since late last year, Yonhap News Agency reported today.
Complaints by residents living near Pocheon, around 45 km north of Seoul, forced the UFSK to suspend drills at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex. They claim that they have long suffered from noise, unexploded ordnance and other damage caused by those drills.
“We will continue to communicate with residents, and devise measures to resolve the issue, along with working on a longer-term plan," the ministry said. It did not specify the candidate sites.