2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: CPEO Moderator <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 16:38:46 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "Part of Bombing Range To Be Closed"
Friday August 18 9:10 AM ET 

Part of Bombing Range To Be Closed 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Bowing to sometimes violent protests by
residents, South Korea and the U.S. military announced Friday that they
will shut down part of a bombing range used by U.S. fighter jets.

Residents denounced the decision as a makeshift move and vowed to fight
until the entire range is closed.

The controversial Koon-Ni Range on South Korea's west coast consists of a
sprawling beach for strafing exercises and an islet for bombing exercises.
The range, used exclusively by the U.S. Air Force, has been a constant
source of friction with villagers. Residents joined by leftist and civic
groups have staged a number of demonstrations.

Friday's decision will turn the strafing range into a ``safety zone'' for
236 homes nearby.


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