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Full deployment of THAAD to take more time in case of environmental impact study: top S. Korean official

All Headlines 02:32 June 02, 2017

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Yonhap) -- The full deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system in South Korea could take more time than expected if a thorough assessment of its impact on the environment is to be completed, South Korea's national security adviser said Thursday.

The remark by Chung Eui-yong, chief of the National Security Office at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, strongly suggests that Seoul intends to seek a full-scale environmental study before deploying the additional four launchers for a THAAD battery installed in southeastern South Korea.

"If we're going to conduct an environmental impact assessment, I think it may take more time than we originally expected," Chung told reporters upon arrival in Washington for talks with U.S. officials about the upcoming summit between President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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