South Korea's Environment Ministry said Thursday it plans to demand the United States verify a news report that the U.S. military buried leftover Agent Orange, a defoliant widely used during the Vietnam War, at one of its camps here.
A U.S. terrestrial TV station reported this week, citing three veterans, that U.S. Forces Korea buried the highly toxic substance at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, in 1978.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Buczkowski, a spokesman for the U.S. Eighth Army that has Camp Carroll under its command, said USFK is verifying the report.
"To date we have initiated a review of historical data to see if we can substantiate the allegations," Buczkowski said. "In addition, we are assessing what other actions we need to take by consulting our environmental experts so we can deliberately address this matter."
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