This story has more twists and turns in it and they grow every day. I claim no great knowledge of this topic and am more than likely more ignorant of the real facts than most here but here goes. The Obama administration some time last summer? approved the import of these rifles by some or one gun importer. Apparently there was a problem with the Koreans being able to prove these rifles in question had actually been all bought by the S.Korean Gov.. There lies the original problem. If the Koreans bought them fair and square then the only issue is getting permission from the U.S. government to sell them to a qualified country or group that the U.S. government approves. This goes to end user certificates etc. as per the Arms Import and Export control act of 1975 I believe. Everything was apparently okay to this point and then legal and obvious political issues came up. As I understand it the Koreans could nort absolutely prove all these rifles were bought and not part of a MAP program. There is where the fun begins. Generally speaking a foreign government that recieves military aid under a MAP program is not allowed to sell them and if they wish to dispose of them they have to get permission from the U.S. government before they can transfer them to another country or they have to return them to the U.S. government. If this sounds vaguely familar it was some part of this mess that the Iran Contra affair was tied up with Israel being told to give the Iranians certain weapons by the reagan gov. etc. Anyway CMP rifles if I am not mistaken are returns from MAP which is where the rifles were given as aid. Unless the country in question wishes to destroy them or transfer them free of charge to a country approved by the U.S. with all the end user certificates they have to be returned to the good old U.S.. The lions share of the m1s released in the last few years are Greek rifles. The 03s of a few years ago were all Greek returns. Most recently they have got more nice m1s from the Greek airforce and the carbines were either from Italy, Germany, a few from S.American sources and the lions share being Greek.
I suspect that these M1s and carbines some of which are suppose to be in remarkably great shape will end up being sent to a Korean steel mill if the Obama administration has there way as I understand it the Koreans cannot do anything else with them. I suppose it is possible that the Koreans could simply agree to return the m1s. However, I suspect they will not as they paid for at least some of them. Furthermore now that a political scene has been made of it I doubt the Obama administration which is trying to mobilize it's base will allow them to be returned even if they were to be given to the CMP.
Now if some political muscle could be mustered and there was a different administration in power I suspect it might be possible for this to be resolved for the rifles to make it to the CMP but in reality these rifles are not legally or politically candidates for the CMP return program. I suppose if the Obama admin or powerful members of Congress stepped in and could persuade the Koreans to simply return them to the U.S. then the CMp would have a shot at them but there would have to be several understandings. Unless the Obamas see it to their advantage politically to save some members of congress etc or to not provoke the gun lobby they might do something but i just don't see it happening. Maybe if Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi werer to step in something might change but these rifles really don't stand a chance of coming to the CMP althought that would be the best place for them. Someone please feel free to correct my reasoning.