Gov­ern­ment or­ders ‘re­view’ of U.S. anti-mis­sile sys­tem

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SEOUL | South Korea said Wed­nes­day it will set up an en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view be­fore al­low­ing four more launch­ers to be added to a con­tentious U.S. mis­sile de­fense sys­tem meant to cope with North Korean threats.

The Ter­mi­nal High-Al­ti­tude Area De­fense sys­tem has al­ready been op­er­a­tional in south­east­ern South Korea with two launch­ers and a pow­er­ful radar. THAAD sys­tem nor­mally con­sists of six launch­ers, and the rest of four launch­ers have ar­rived in South Korea but haven’t been de­ployed.

Af­ter tak­ing of­fice on May 10, South Korea’s new lib­eral Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in said his of­fice wasn’t briefed by de­fense of­fi­cials about the ar­rival of the four ad­di­tional launch­ers. His of­fice said Monday that a se­nior de­fense of­fi­cial was sus­pended for his fail­ure to re­port the ar­rival.

Mr. Moon had said dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign­ing that he would re­view a sys­tem that has en­raged not only North Korea but also China, South Korea’s largest trad­ing part­ner.

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