Korean official suspended over US missile defense report

Javier Howell
June 6, 2017

Regardless, defense analysts said much is at stake because of the continuing threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. The broadcast of a Korean-Chinese drama ‘My Goddess, My Mom, which were frozen in China, may soon return to air, said JS Pictures, the agency representing series star, South Korean actress Lee Da-hae.

The defense expert added: "There is no harm in having the THAAD system in place".

Also playing out in the THAAD drama is Moon's apparent attempt to win favor with Beijing, which has applied economic pressure on Seoul to remove THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. "Korea summit and that the THAAD deployment, which affects the fate of the nation and its people greatly, took place without the public aware of the situation". China represents about one-quarter of the trade with South Korea and the addition of Hong Kong makes that figure exceed 30 percent.

In mid-June, South Korean girl group AOA will perform at a meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank-an alternative to the World Bank led by China-on Jeju island.

The presidential office said Wee cited an agreement with the U.S. military to maintain secrecy on matters regarding the four launchers for his decision to remove related phrases from the report.

K-pop is back with a (big) bang in China.

Since South Korea and the USA jointly announced their decision to deploy a THAAD battery in July a year ago, controversy has been growing over its efficiency, possible fallout on Seoul's relation with China, environmental and health impacts, and alleged murky processes of decision making and implementation.

The THAAD system, which is made by US defense contractor Lockheed Martin, went operational in early May at a location about 130 miles south of Seoul.

The US has "elements in their ABM system in Alaska and now in South Korea".

Meanwhile, top USA military officials visited Chung earlier Monday. These suspicions are centered on why the THAAD deployment timeline was suddenly accelerated so soon after the National Assembly passed the motion of impeachment against Park in December 2016.

The four North Koreans were found on two vessels on Friday and Saturday by the South Korean navy, the ministry said.

"To be quibbling over interceptors is really a small tragedy", said Kazianis.

"Secondly, I believe that if I lived in South Korea, I would want as many missile defense systems as possible to protect against the hundreds of ballistic missiles which North Korea could rain on the South should war begin".

Moon, a liberal, is now working with Cabinet members who were appointed by his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who was ousted from office in March over a corruption scandal. He said his trip is mainly to prepare for Moon's visit to the United States, scheduled for later this month. But the strongest opposition to the move came from China, which sees THAAD as a threat to its national security, both due to the range of its radar and because of its potential to pave way for further deployments in the region. In a press conference in Seoul on 23 May, Kim Jin-pyo, the chief of the presidential policy planning advisory panel, said his newly established committee would prioritise stamping out "deepseated" corruption in the sector, according to local media reports.

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