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Military starts process to relocate Suwon airfield

All Headlines 18:58 October 11, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military on Tuesday began the process to relocate its airfield in the western city of Suwon, but officials from all candidate sites have expressed opposition to the plan, the defense ministry said.

A study commissioned by the government presented nine candidate sites in six regions of Gyeonggi Province -- Yangpyeong, Yeoju, Icheon, Pyeongtaek, Hwaseong and Ansan --- as possible sites for a new airfield, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

"Officials from the six regional governments expressed opposition," in what appears to be the prevalent Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY) phenomenon, it said.

The ministry explained what standards were used to select the sites as potential candidate sites and what procedure remains to pick the final site for relocation.

"After listening to officials and residents in the candidate sites, the Air Force will make a final decision depending on the region's feasibility and operability as an airfield," it said.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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