It looks like the US bombing range issue is reaching a point of no return:
The U.S. Air Force stationed in Korea has threatened to withdraw if the dispute over a shooting range for U.S. jets isn’t resolved in one month.
Speaking at the Gyeonggi provincial government office Thursday, Air Force commander Lieutenant General Gary Trexler said the U.S. might have to deploy its forces outside the Korean Peninsula.
The deadline for the ultimatum is October 20th, which is the date when the bilateral Security Consultative Meeting opens.
The U.S. Forces Korea is known to have informed Seoul’s Defense Ministry that overseas training is inevitable if it’s not provided an in-country practice range.
The ministry’s plan to install an automatic shooting score converter at a shooting range on Jikdo Island off the west coast has faced strong local opposition. Â
Just another issue along with the troop control handover that can ultimately lead to the end of the US-ROK alliance.Â I can’t imagine that the US would leave ground troops in Korea without having air cover from the US Air Force.