Sunday, April 30, 2017

Accelerated THAAD Deployment Dividing South Korean Presidential Candidates

Via comment by Weaver on Saigon April 30, 2017


Leading South Korean presidential contenders have criticized the rushed deployment of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system less than two weeks before their country’s election.

Early Wednesday morning, a military convoy of 20 trucks and trailers transported components for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery to the designated deployment site on a Lotte-owned golf course in the rural southeastern county of Seongju. Included were key elements needed to make the THAAD system operational: road-mobile launchers, interceptor missiles equipped with precise infrared seeking technology, and a powerful radar system to target enemy missiles.

More @ VOA


  1. Trump is asking South Korea to pay for an anti-missile system (THAAD) that will cost at least $1 billion dollars, and South Koreans are basically saying that they cannot afford it. Hundreds of protesters in the town of Seongju carried signs which said: “No THAAD, No War” and “Hey, USA, are you friends or occupying troops?” Those protesters clashed with the police and began to throw water bottles at military trailers. In essence, those people are saying, “We didn’t sign up for this.” “South Korea has slammed US President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Seoul should pay for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile system that is now being deployed in the country. Trump had earlier questioned why the US was paying for the system that he valued at $1bn (£775m).” Kim Ki-jung, foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Moon Jae-in Moon and professor at Yonsei University, said: “Even if we purchase THAAD, its main operation would be in the hands of the United States. So purchasing it would be an impossible option. That was our topic when we were considering the options.”
    I wouldn't buy it either, not if the uS is controlling it.
    How stupid or cowardly do THEY think they are.