South Koreans march to protest US missile defence system

by Olga Hunt June 26, 2017, 1:18
South Koreans march to protest US missile defence system

According to organizers, 3,000 people attended a march through the center of Seoul, holding signs that read "Koreans hate THAAD" and 'Yes to peace talks, ' as well as banners directed at US President Donald Trump. "He still managed very well", one Internet user said on a local internet bulletin board.

A bipartisan group of USA senators on Thursday introduced a resolution welcoming South Korean President Moon Jae-in's upcoming visit to Washington while reaffirming the importance of the alliance and calling for further expanding all-round cooperation. "Aren't you giving in to them?" asked the USA interviewer.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said Friday that plan to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) had been revised to bring forward the date of delivery and installation in the country's southeastern region.

"For some reason that I do not know, this entire THAAD process was accelerated", Moon was quoted as saying.

He has revealed that only one United States rocket launcher was supposed to be deployed in South Korea in 2017, and five more in 2018.

Only one, rocket launcher, not six, was supported to be deployed in South Korea in 2017 as part of the United States missile defense system THAAD, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has revealed, exposing for the first time details of the original agreement for the shield created to shoot down North Korean missiles.

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"The US trusts the South Korean official stance that the THAAD deployment was an Alliance decision".

The next few weeks will set the stage for the South Korean president to make his global debut and serve as a litmus test on how the newly elected leader who still enjoys a mid-to-high 70 percent approval rating by the South Korean public will ride the tumultuous waters of diplomacy and worldwide relations for the next five years.

The THAAD issue has become a nexus of several agendas and developments, meaning that backing down now will likely result in a loss of credibility for at least some of the involved actors.

The resolution also called for the two countries to work together to "fully and effectively enforce existing sanctions (on North Korea) and consider the need to take immediate action to pass additional and meaningful new measures".

Tokyo's preference of Aegis Ashore over THAAD for defense against North Korean missiles comes down to cost-effectiveness.


The issue of South Korea's suspension of the THAAD deployment comes against the backdrop of the death of USA college student Otto Warmbier shortly after his release from a 17-month captivity by North Korea.

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