Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

United States and South Korea deploy 4 more Thaad launchers amid Pyongyang threats

United States and South Korea deploy 4 more Thaad launchers amid Pyongyang threats

After five hours of scuffles, the police managed to break up the demonstration around 5:20 a.m. on Thursday.

The civilians launched their protest rally on the road from 2 p.m. Wednesday, and it lasted until four more launchers and other THAAD elements passed by the protesters, who were besieged by a wall of riot policemen, at about 8:10 a.m. Thursday.

Kim Jong-hee, a woman from Gimcheon city that borders the Seongju county, said she cast her vote for President Moon in the May 9 election, for which she felt an impulse to cut out her hand as numerous elderly at the village did due to their votes for Moon's predecessor Park Geun-hye who made a decision to deploy the USA missile shield.

Seoul and Washington agreed on the deployment of a Thaad battery in July 2016. The missile systems, "Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad)" was on the verge of installation at a golf course in the village when the protest began.

The Ministry of Environment on Monday cleared the way for the US military to complete the deployment, announcing that a summary study found no safety problems.

A leading missile expert told Fox News the United States would have only minutes to decide whether to shoot down a North Korea missile. "The government will conduct a full-scale environmental study to authorize the permanent deployment", he said. After defining Korean conservatives as supporters of the USA antimissile system, the newspaper ridiculed them, saying they probably ate too much kimchi. China's economic influence has been felt by South Korea as well. "Is it inevitable? Nothing is inevitable", Trump said during a news conference.

The deployment has drawn strong objections from China, which believes the system's radar could be used to look deeply into its territory and will upset the regional security balance. The military section of China's Global Times newspaper on Thursday referred to THAAD as "a malignant tumour".

Mr Moon and Mr Abe agreed to co-operate on seeking tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea and pledged to strengthen efforts to persuade Beijing and Moscow to cut off oil supplies to the North, said Mr Moon's press secretary.

THAAD system at a golf course in Seongju, on September 6.

USA missile defense has come a long way since its inception 13 years ago.

The South's Foreign Ministry revealed via a spokesperson that it is watching Beijing closely following months of unofficial sanctions against South Korean businesses and entertainment stars, along with the discouragement of Chinese tours to Seoul. "The government won't make presumptions".

A senior administration official said the USA was still assessing last weekend's underground explosion. "The government will have close communication, including high-level dialogue, with China to resolve the hardships of the people and companies".

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