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Special probe confirms 'intentional' omission of report on THAAD launchers

All News 16:33 June 05, 2017

SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- A special probe into an alleged omission of a report on a U.S. missile defense system here has confirmed that the omission had been intentional, partly aimed at keeping the U.S. program free from local environmental requirements, the presidential office said Monday.

The presidential office said Wee Seung-ho, deputy defense minister for policy, had ordered the part about four THAAD launchers deleted from the ministry's initial report to the presidential office and its de facto power transition team, the State Affairs Planning Advisory Committee.

Wee has apparently admitted to giving such an order, citing an agreement with the United States to keep the details of the THAAD program a secret.

Yoon said the agreement should have only affected the defense ministry's reports to the media, not those to the president and commander-in-chief.


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