South Korean Students Break Into U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2019

American diplomatic and navy outposts within the area are usually focused by protesters. Nineteen students were detained after unfurling banners saying "Leave this soil, Harris".

"What the USA has done is kill, rape, poison our land and threaten our people's lives", one student shouted.

A State Department spokesperson, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the breach.

"We note with strong concern that this is the second instance of illegal entry into the Ambassador's residential compound in 14 months".

The students also attempted to break into the U.S. Embassy in Seoul last January before being stopped by police. In a statement later that afternoon, Korea's Foreign Ministry said it requested police to ramp up security for the US ambassador's residence and the embassy compound at Gwanghwamun Square, adding that there is "no circumstance in which an attack or harm to foreign missions can be justified".

South Korea's Foreign Ministry criticized the protest, saying in a statement that "any attack or harm inflicted on foreign diplomatic missions can not be justified under any circumstances".

In June, the student group held a forum to present their "research findings" on the achievements of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, lauding him as a caring and influential leader.

The U.S. and South Korea have a burden-sharing agreement stemming from a 1953 mutual defense treaty after the halt of the Korean War.

They said they were protesting against Washington's demands that Seoul increase its contribution to the cost of defending the South.

Friday's protest came as Washington and Seoul prepare to begin negotiations over sharing the costs for the US military presence. "And they pay - they were paying about $500 million for $5 billion worth of protection". Yet even if hostilities were defused between North and South Korea, many South Koreans support an ongoing USA presence. Yet even if hostilities were diffused between North and South Korea, many South Koreans support an ongoing USA presence.

Final 12 months, tens of hundreds of protesters in Okinawa, Japan marched to cease the deliberate relocation of a USA navy base, demanding that the power be faraway from the island completely.

US military bases have a complex history in South Korea, due to politics as well as their association at times with prostitution, black markets and other vices.

Seoul's top negotiator Jeong Eun-bo will sit down with his US counterpart James Dehart in Hawaii from Tuesday to Thursday for consultations on the Special Measures Agreement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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