Korea, U.S. reach decision to deploy Thaad

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Korea, U.S. reach decision to deploy Thaad

Seoul and Washington reached a decision to deploy the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in Korea, the Ministry of National Defense announced Friday.
Yoo Jeh-seung, defense deputy minister for policy, said in a press briefing that the United States and South Korea made the joint decision to deploy the anti-ballistic missile system to the U.S. Forces Korea as a defense measure “to guarantee the security of the Republic of Korea and our people from North Korea's nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile threats, as well as to protect the military assets of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.”
He added that the Korea-U.S. joint working group launched in February to negotiate the issue over several months of review “confirmed the military effectiveness” of placing the Thaad system in South Korea.
The group is in its final stages of discussing a location for the placement of a Thaad battery.
Yoo also added that the two allies are working on deploying the Thaad system “as soon as possible,” and said that they are working to find the most effective and safe location to place the battery.
China, Russia and North Korea have opposed the deployment of the Thaad system in South Korea. Its placement has also been protested by some South Koreans, especially people who live in locations that have been named as possible candidates for the placement of a Thaad battery.

BY SARAH KIM [kim.sarah@joongang.co.kr]
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