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Report: Military Dismisses Graham's Call to Evacuate SKorea

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (Cliff Owen/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 04:10 PM

The military has dismissed GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham's suggestion South Korea is now too dangerous to let American families remain there — and has no plan to begin evacuations, Stars and Stripes reported Wednesday.

"We currently have no intent to initiate departures for military dependents, whether on a voluntary or mandatory basis, and no intent to modify the policy authorizing military dependents to accompany military members being stationed in South Korea," a spokesman for the Pacific Command, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dave Benham, told the military news outlet.

There are some 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the country.

"Our personnel forward deployed to South Korea remain in a consistent state of readiness through various training exercises," Benham added — including drills that prepare families for a possible noncombatant evacuation operation, Stars and Stripes reported.

The South Carolina Republican, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last Sunday said North Korea was pushing the United States closer to conflict and "it's time start moving American dependents out of South Korea." He also said he would urge the Pentagon to make South Korea an unaccompanied post.

Heritage Foundation defense specialist Thomas Spoehr told Stars and Stripes North Korea would see such a move as a provocation.

"Certainly when the U.S. seriously contemplates military action family members should be removed. I don't think we are at that point," the retired Army lieutenant general told Stars and Stripes. "We should be careful not to act prematurely."

"North Korea would interpret a move to remove families as a sign of U.S. preparation for offensive military action," he said.

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