S Korea de­nies any in­ter­ven­tion in US mis­sile sys­tem de­ci­sion

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Seou: A South Korea’s de­fence min­istry on Mon­day de­nied a claim by an op­po­si­tion law­maker that a be­hind-the-scene heavy­weight may have in­ter­vened in the July de­ci­sion be­tween Seoul and Wash­ing­ton to de­ploy a US mis­sile shield sys­tem on South Korean soil. De­fence Min­istry spokesper­son Moon Sang-kyun told a rou­tine press brief­ing that it would never be true af­ter be­ing asked about Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kim Jong-dae’s claim that a po­lit­i­cal big shot be­hind the cur­tain may have med­dled in the de­ploy­ment de­ci­sion of Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD). Mr Kim, a law­maker of the mi­nor Jus­tice Party, said in his Face­book page on Thurs­day that the THAAD de­ploy­ment de­ci­sion was made in July and that ru­mours were rife about the at­tempt of Lock­heed Martin, the THAAD man­u­fac­turer, to con­tact heavy­weights of the Park Geun-hye govern­ment. The op­po­si­tion law­maker said the be­hind-the-cur­tain fig­ure pulling the strings favourable to Lock­heed Martin must be found. Mr Kim didn’t re­fer to Choi Soon­sil, a long­time con­fi­dante of Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye, who has been sus­pected of hav­ing in­ter­fered with state af­fairs, in­clud­ing the edit­ing of pres­i­den­tial speeches and the ac­cess­ing of pres­i­den­tial re­ports on diplo­matic and de­fence af­fairs. Xin­hua

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