Park de­fends mis­sile shield

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SOUTH Ko­rea’s pres­i­dent de­fended the pro­posed de­ploy­ment of a United States anti-mis­sile sys­tem as an act of self-de­fence against North Ko­rea, as hun­dreds of res­i­dents shaved their heads in protest against the plan yes­ter­day.

Ten­sions have been run­ning high on the di­vided Korean penin­sula since the North car­ried out its fourth nu­clear test in Jan­uary and fol­lowed up with a se­ries of mis­sile tests.

South Ko­rea re­sponded by an­nounc­ing de­ploy­ment of the US Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area De­fence (THAAD) sys­tem – a move which sparked do­mes­tic protests as well as com­plaints from China.

“I urge the North Korean gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately stop all provo­ca­tions and threats tar­get­ing South Ko­rea as well as the de­vel­op­ment of weapons of mass de­struc­tion,” said Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye in a Lib­er­a­tion Day speech on Aug 15.

Her com­ments came as both Koreas cel­e­brated the an­niver­sary of the penin­sula’s lib­er­a­tion from Ja­panese colo­nial rule in 1945.

Stress­ing that “true lib­er­a­tion” would in­volve re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the penin­sula, Ms Park said that could only hap­pen by re­mov­ing the fear of nu­clear weapons, mis­siles and war.

She also warned those in the North that all at­tempts to pro­voke and in­tim­i­date the South would be counter-pro­duc­tive.

“The more ef­forts [North Ko­rea] makes, the deeper the coun­try’s iso­la­tion in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will be and the big­ger its eco­nomic prob­lems,” she said. –

Photo: AFP

More than 900 Seongju res­i­dents have their heads shaved dur­ing a protest against the planned de­ploy­ment of the US Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area De­fence (THAAD) sys­tem, at a lo­cal park on Au­gust 15.

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