South Korea’s Moon Orders Probe After Missile Shield Surprise
South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has ordered an investigation into how the final components of a controversial strain against US missiles have come to the country without his knowledge.
The president launched the probe after learning that a complete set of six launchers was in South Korea’s territory, moon spokesman Yoon Young-chan told a news conference on Tuesday. Earlier statements from the Defense Ministry – including a conference given to the president last week – have confirmed the deployment of only two launchers for the area’s high altitude defense system, or THAAD.
“Luna looked very shocking” and asked Defense Minister Han Min-koo to confirm that the four pitchers who were already in the country told Yoon reporters. How they were made, who made the decision and why the information kept citizens and the new government were the subjects to be studied, he said.
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Moon’s predecessor, Park Geun-hye, approved the deployment of THAAD, which it said was necessary to protect South Korea against the growth of North Korean nuclear and missile threats. During her election campaign, Luna criticized the anti-democratic decision and called for a parliamentary review and debate on the issue. He also tried to understand China, which opposes the deployment, alleging security reasons.
The first two mobile launchers arrived in South Korea in March and have deployed in Seongju County, southeast of Seoul. A single unit of THAAD comprises six mobile launchers and 48 interceptor missiles, as well as ground and radar control systems, according to the Ministry of Defense website.