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Gen. Brooks voices regret over base security threat

All News 17:53 January 09, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Yonhap) -- The commander of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) expressed regret Tuesday over a security breach by a South Korean individual at Camp Humphreys, USFK's new hub base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province.

The unidentified man illegally entered the compound, 70 kilometers south of Seoul -- his third attempt to do so in recent days -- but was successfully interdicted by local authorities without incident or injury, according to USFK.

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"I am disappointed this individual wasn't dealt with better after the initial incident or even his second attempt to breach security," the USFK commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks said in a statement. "We will work with local leadership adjacent to all of our bases -- to include those in Pyeongtaek near Camp Humphreys -- to ensure these types of dangerous situations don't occur at our various installations."

With an investigation into the case under way, Brooks added, "We must remain vigilant about force protection at our bases on the peninsula so we can protect our U.S. and ROK (South Korea) service members and citizens."

The Stars & Stripes reported earlier that the suspect drove through the main gate at the base over the weekend but was captured by military police about 10 minutes later and handed over to South Korean police.

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