China should not retaliate over deployment of US anti-missile system, says S. Korean presidential contender
GYALTSEN NORBU, 11th Panchen Lama Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system is likely to be a contentious issue in the campaign.
Moon, a human rights lawyer and prominent liberal politician who has been leading in opinion polls, said the government had mishandled the deployment plan by rushing into it and without public consensus.
China is vehemently opposed to South Korea’s agreement with the US to deploy the THAAD system in the South against North Korea’s missile threat.
The US and South Korea said THAAD was for defence against North Korea, but China feared its powerful radar could probe deep into its territory and compromise its security. The US began to deploy the system a week ago, a day after North Korea test-fired four missiles. Reuters
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017
South Koreans protesting against the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in Seoul yesterday. (Inset) The first of two THAAD interceptors launched during a test at an undisclosed location in the US.