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