South Korea considers troop status review

Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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SEOUL, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- South Korean officials may meet next month to see if revisions to a U.S. troop agreement should be made in the wake of sex crime allegations, an official said.

A South Korean official told Stars and Stripes a joint committee planned a review of the Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and South Korea in November to determine if revisions are necessary.

The proposed review of the SOFA agreement was triggered by two recent alleged rape cases involving U.S. Army suspects. A Camp Casey soldier is accused of raping an 18-year-old woman in Dongducheon and police are questioning a soldier in the alleged rape of a young woman in Seoul.

The alleged attacks have received major media attention and protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul have said South Korean police aren't given enough authority to prosecute U.S. soldiers suspected of crimes, the newspaper said Wednesday.

Stars and Stripes said U.S. military officials were unavailable for comment Wednesday.

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