The residents’ group in Seonju said Wednesday they have confirmed the information through various channels about the planned deployment of four launchers of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system at 2 a.m. on Thursday, in addition to two that are already installed. None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Kim Jin-hoon. The station said that a number of police personnel had been wounded in the scuffles, too.
Earlier Thursday, the final parts of a controversial United States missile defense system arrived at a base in South Korea as hundreds of protesters thronged the area amid a huge police presence.
The Defence Ministry pointed out that the installation is provisional and a permanent deployment would follow only after the study has been completed. The demonstrators also express concern about the electromagnetic waves emanating from the advanced radars of the system, which can jeopardize their health and cause environmental problems.
He has also publicly weighed scrapping a United States trade deal with South Korea in a bid to fulfill promises he made during the election campaign, and threatened to make South Korea pay for THAAD, even though it was Washington pushing for the system’s deployment.
South Korea made a decision to host the missile system previous year under ousted president Park Geun-hye to deter perceived threats from North Korea.
Senator Payne again stressed China must do more and said Australia wanted the UN Security Council to consider further strong measures. On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the provocative move “will inevitably raise the question about our reaction, about our military balances”.
For the second time in its history, Japan has carried out a series of anti-missile drills at a United States airbase in the northern Tohoku region, as tensions mount with North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons program.
Pressure from Washington has ratcheted up since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.
North Korea marked the 69th anniversary of its founding on Saturday boasting of its status as a world-class military power and taking an explicitly adversarial stand against the United States, as the worldwide community struggles to rein in the secretive country following a series of weapons tests. Unlike Pyongyang’s adversaries, however, Moscow and Beijing urge dialog instead of military countermeasures.