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TOKYO — The United States will turn over another nine military bases to South Korea this year, according to a report in Wednesday’s Korea Herald.

The turnover marks another step toward the release of a total of 59 bases from U.S. to South Korean hands. The announcement this week by Korea’s Defense Ministry came after talks between the two nations in Washington on Monday.

The turnovers are based on a 2004 agreement. Many of the U.S. bases already are closed, but South Korea had balked at accepting them because of environmental cleanup concerns.

Some of the bases included in this week’s announcement are Camp Page, Camp Edward and Camp Falling Water.


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