Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THAAD in South Korea

The United States military started installing a controversial anti-missile defense system [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD] in South Korea overnight Tuesday, triggering protests and sparking criticism that it was rushing to get the battery in place before the likely election of a president who opposes it.


U.S. Forces Korea did not make any statement about the deployment and did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why the installation was started in the dead of night.


Moon Jae-in, a liberal candidate who has a strong lead in the polls ahead of the May 9 presidential election, has promised to review South Korea’s decision to host the anti-missile battery.

“There’s a sense in Seoul that THAAD deployment has been rushed based on the timetable of South Korea’s presidential election, rather than North Korea’s threats,” said John Delury, a professor of international relations at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Knowing the USG and its "defense" industry, I'd say that's a very strong likelihood.
“But there’s the danger of a backlash among the South Korean public feeling like a pawn in the game of ‘America First,’ ” [Delury said].
EVERYone is a pawn in that game.

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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