Pentagon: US to Discuss THAAD Deployment with Moon

Write : 2017-05-16 10:35:01 Update : 2017-05-16 16:40:41

Pentagon: US to Discuss THAAD Deployment with Moon

Anchor: The U.S. Defense Department says it will hold talks with the new South Korean government about the deployment the THAAD antimissile system. This is the first time the Pentagon has mentioned the need for talks on the controversial missile defense battery since President Moon Jae-in was elected last week.
Our Kim Bum-soo reports.
 
Report: The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) moved key components late last month of a THAAD antimissile battery to rural Seongju County in the south central part of the Korean Peninsula.
 
On Monday, U.S. Department of Defense Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Foreign Press Center in Washington that the battery has achieved initial operating capability.

A full battery contains six launch vehicles, and so far only two and a radar have been deployed to the site. The Pentagon spokesman said that his government will discuss with the new South Korean administration the "additional delivery of THAAD components and THAAD negotiations."

The comments came as newly elected President Moon Jae-in has promised to seek a parliamentary review of the recent deployment, which has angered locals who vow to protest until it’s removed. 

Davis said the decision to install THAAD in South Korea was based on consultations between Seoul and Washington, and his government will hear and discuss Moon’s position.
 
It’s the first mention of talks on THAAD by the U.S. since Moon took office.
 
THAAD deployment is expected to be one of the major issues Moon and Trump discuss at their first summit, which could come as early as next month.
 
Former President Park Geun-hye first approved THAAD last year, and her government and the U.S. argued it was solely for defense against North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats.
 
The people of Seongju fear possible environmental risks and say the battery makes them a greater target of attack. Beijing has also sternly rebuffed the deployment, claiming THAAD’s radar could be used to spy on China.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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