South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has ordered an investigation on installation of four US-built THAAD anti-missile systems after the ministry failed to inform the new government on the latest development.
The President initiated the probe after learning that a complete set of six launchers were on South Korean soil, Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, told a media briefing Tuesday.
"President Moon said it was very shocking to hear the four additional launchers had been installed without being reported to the new government or to the public, Young-chan said.
The first two mobile launchers arrived in South Korea in March and were deployed in Seongju county, southeast of Seoul. A single Thaad unit consists of six mobile launchers and 48 interceptor missiles, along with ground control and radar systems, according to the defense ministry’s website.
President Moon had been repeatedly criticizing the previous government for agreeing to host the THAAD system, whose deployment has also infuriated China, without seeking parliamentary approval.
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Seoul is raising the possibility of sending back the recently installed US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery due to the lack of parliamentary approval of this crucial national security decision. The leader of ruling Democratic Party, Woo Won-shik, was quoted as saying by Yonhap during a radio interview that the deployment of THAAD to South Korea has not properly undergone domestic legal procedures
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The South Korean military will conduct its first live-firing exercise with US-built Hellfire air-surface missiles to be launched from Apache helicopters on Monday to beef up its air defense, the local media reports. Eight Apache AH-64E attack helicopters belonging to the South Korean Army's Aviation Operations Command will be mobilized to fire one Hellfire missile each at a shooting range in the waters off the western coastal city of Gunsan later in the morning, Yonhap reports quoting a statement made by the Army
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered to suspend any further deployment of US THAAD missile defence system until an environmental impact assessment is finished. There is “no need to withdraw” the two launchers that have already been deployed, a senior official at the Souths presidential office told reporters Wednesday
A Korean government investigation into how some of its MoD officials fraudulently tweaked land requirement to house the US THAAD missile to escape a comprehensive environmental impact study may delay deployment of the system. In addition, a full environmental study that may most likely follow the investigation, could take up to a year to complete, significantly delaying the deployment of the THAAD which is intended to provide South Korea a shield against incoming missiles from the North
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