YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — There has been intense media coverage of North Korea’s unprovoked attack on Yeonpyeong Island, and the ongoing ROK-U.S. naval exercise. This has led to some speculation on the possible reaction of North Korea and whether there is a threat to our 8th Army families.
The naval exercises taking place in the West Sea were planned in advance, and while they have nothing to do with the attack on Yeonpyeong Island, they are proof positive of our enduring commitment to defend the Republic of Korea.
As you would expect, we are maintaining a close watch over the entire peninsula and will continue to keep you informed. As of now, we don’t see any threat to 8th Army Soldiers or families on mainland Korea. I encourage you to continue your normal, daily activities.