Koreans march to protest US missile defence system

Jessica Allison
June 26, 2017

At the moment, there is only a hotline between the deputy defense ministers of the two countries.

The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae has denied a Japanese newspaper's report Saturday that the United States reiterated its call for South Korea to complete the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system by the end of the year.

The four launchers in question were supposed to be added to two launchers already in place, which had been "accounted for" by the South Korean authorities.

When asked about frustration in Washington that Moon's administration has not fully deployed a USA anti-missile system and insisted on an environmental impact assessment first, the president said that getting the assessment done "does not mean that we will postpone or reverse the decision to deploy". The Japanese government said it is deploying the Aegis Ashore to "enhance its ability to respond to the launch of North Korean ballistic missiles", according to the Asahi.

"I believe that it must be strong enough to prevent North Korea from making any additional provocations and also to make North Korea realize that they are going down the wrong path".

Moon, who is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington later this month, emphasized that the assessment is part of "due process" necessary for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

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Pyongyang's patron, China, has also condemned THAAD while engaging in a costly unofficial trade war with South Korea over its decision to install the missile defense system.

He declared that the deployment had "mysteriously" accelerated under the previous administration, speaking in an interview with Reuters, cited by Yonhap.

Korea temporarily suspended the Thaad deployment, citing a need for an environmental impact assessment of the US missile shield. Still, Moon said the temporary suspension of the deployment did not mean any change in his country's decision to host the USA missile shield, which is aimed at protecting some 28,000 US troops stationed here, along with the country itself.

During the two-day meeting, the two leaders were widely expected to discuss the THAAD deployment.

"But it's not clear that, even under President Trump, that he will agree to allow you to negotiate with the North Koreans without any preconditions".

The remarks came in reaction to a question by a USA journalist in a recent interview with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in which the interviewer from CBS stated it was not clear whether U.S. President Donald Trump would "agree to allow" his South Korean counterpart to negotiate with the North Koreans. You want to start a dialogue without any concessions by the North Koreans. South Korea also operates Aegis-equipped destroyers. "China is North Korea's only ally and China is the country that provides the most economic assistance to North Korea".

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