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VOA News: Scott Snyder Analyzes U.S.-Korea Status of Forces Agreement

June 28, 2011 — An article in Voice of America examines the investigation to determine if the toxic defoliant Agent Orange was buried at a U.S. military base in South Korea three decades ago. According to the U.S.-Republic of Korea Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), the U.S. is not responsible for the clean-up costs of military bases. While some analysts want to renegotiate the agreement, Scott Snyder believes, “Trying to open issues related to SOFA becomes a sort of Pandora’s box, because there are a lot of different SOFAs around the world and if you make an exception for one then the others want to make sure that they are pressing [for changes].” Snyder adds that both governments are working together to resolve environmental issues, but they should also share the financial burden of the clean-up costs. Read the full article: “Environmental Investigation Underway on US Base in S. Korea.”

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