South Korean Official Suspended Over US Missile Defense Report

Marcus Newton
June 6, 2017

President Moon assumed office on 10 May following an election that was called after the dismissal in March of former president Park Geun-hye over her role in a corruption scandal involving her friend, Choi soon-sil.

Two launchers are already in operation at the THAAD base in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

The fuss over the US bringing in more THAAD anti-missile launchers now has some American analysts questioning whether Moon might be playing into the hands of China. Wee's aim was, among other reasons, to keep the program free from South Korean environmental requirements, the news agency specified on Monday. "So it isn't that we were sneaking in to put this in place", he said in an interview with a small group of reporters right after his meeting with Moon.

He emphasized the missile shield is aimed at protecting the country against growing threats from North Korea and wondered why the main feature does not dominate the debate here. "These U.S. forces - 28,500 - are rising their lives for the safety of South Korea and they should be protected as should all of the people in Korea", he said.

The defense expert added: "There is no harm in having the THAAD system in place". China represents about one-quarter of the trade with South Korea and the addition of Hong Kong makes that figure exceed 30 percent.

"I don't think there has been any effort by the U.S.in any way to mislead the Koreans about what we are proposing".

Wee told investigators he did so because the South Korean and US militaries decided not to publicize the four launchers' arrivals, presidential official Yoon Young-chan told a televised news conference.

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On its part, the US also denied that it hid any information regarding THAAD from the new South Korean government, saying through the Pentagon on Wednesday that it has been "completely transparent" over the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system. Chung was returning to South Korea after visiting the US to coordinate the schedule and the agenda for the US-South Korea summit.

There were suggestions at one point that the new launchers were brought into South Korea by the USA military without knowledge of the Seoul government.

Despite protests by Beijing and Moscow, Seoul and Washington agreed on the deployment of a Thaad battery in July 2016.

The Chinese government on Wednesday expressed concerns about the delivery of additional THAAD components to South Korea, reiterating its longstanding claim the installment harms China's security interests and upsets the strategic balance in the region.

"To be quibbling over interceptors is really a small tragedy", said Kazianis. Household loans surged by more than 4.6 trillion won ($4.1 billion) in April from a month ago, the biggest on-month jump in five months as consumers rushed to borrow debt before they go higher and the liberal government clamps down on the property market.

Ultimately, experts suggested the new THAAD controversy from Seoul over additional launchers benefits China because it creates friction in the U.S. The bad news is that the missile threats facing America are intensifying by the day, and not just from the psychopathic regime of North Korea's despot, Kim Jong-un.

"This would be a awful time for the United States, or really a bilateral alliance here, to go wobbly on this very important deployment of THAAD", he said. "To restore discipline in the military, it will be necessary to review the entire chain of command, determine the circumstances of the omission from the report and single out the parties responsible", said an expert in diplomacy and security who was part of Moon's presidential campaign.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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