USFK accused of building control tower of biochemical weapons in Busan
Prof. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University claimed last week that the United States set up a facility to control its global biochemical weapons in South Korea.
His remarks are expected to worsen the fear that the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is carrying out dangerous biochemical experiments at its base in Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city.
“Instead of establishing detrimental infrastructures on its own soil, the U.S. brought the state-of-the-art facilities to Korea, which are related to biological weapons,” Prof. Woo said in a radio interview with TBS.
“It is a control tower to deal with the biochemical weapons of the U.S. across the world.”
The veterinary professor, who has been strongly opposed to the Busan project called JUPITR, contended the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) unfavorable to Seoul enabled Washington to build such risky facilities here.
However, he failed to come up with specific proofs to support his arguments. JUPITR stands for Joint USFK Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition.
His comments rebuff the official stance of the USFK that the Busan facilities are only a defense system. It has iterated that JUPITR is a biosurveillance project designed to develop early-warning capabilities against North Korean threats.
As controversies continue over JUPITR, the USFK held an on-site briefing in Busan on Dec. 20 but failed to appease angry residents of the port city with a population of 3.4 million.
Busan citizens organized a civic group to require the USFK to shut down the project all together. The group said that it also filed a lawsuit against the USFK chief.
Concerns about the Busan project first spiked in 2015 after South Korea’s defense ministry confirmed the U.S. military imported samples of anthrax 15 times since 2009, and a shipment in 2015 exposed more than 20 people.
Back then, the news caught many South Korean people by surprise as the samples were delivered to the U.S. airbase in Osan, about 50 kilometers south of Seoul.
This article is provided by UPI News Korea. _ ED.