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SEOUL — U.S. military forces in South Korea will be realigned and consolidated into two major hubs, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

Maj. Gen. James Soligan, U.S. Forces Korea deputy chief of staff, said the hubs will be at Osan, south of Seoul, and the Taegu/Pusan region in the southern part of the peninsula, according to South Korean news reports.

Soligan was out of the country and unavailable for comment Monday. A USFK spokesman declined to comment on the reports.

“There is a long-term vision that has most of the U.S. forces located in the Osan/Pyongtaek area,” Soligan was quoted as saying in the Korea Times. “There are clearly discussions going on, but no decisions have been made. That’s a long-term objective.”

He said the two nations would have to come to an agreement before land is purchased and construction begins, according to the Times. Soligan’s comments follow early April “Future of the ROK-US Alliance Policy Initiative” meetings between U.S. and South Korean officials.

The officials agreed to move forces from Yongsan Garrison “as soon as possible” but gave no timeline. The 630- acre post, which sits in the middle of Seoul and is host to three military commands, has for years drawn the South Korean public’s ire.

On April 12, the Korea Times reported that Yongsan Garrison would be moved to Osan. USFK officials released a statement criticizing the paper for publishing an “inaccurate article.”


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