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Ministry: THAAD system deployment completed

All Headlines 10:31 September 07, 2017

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's defense ministry announced Thursday the "tentative" deployment of a THAAD missile defense system has been completed, calling it an urgent measure to counter threats from North Korea.

The announcement came soon after the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) transported four additional missile interceptor launchers into its new base in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul.

The ministry added it will hold consultations with "relevant" neighboring countries on the THAAD issue.

It was apparently referring to China and Russia, which have strongly protested the allies' move. They claim the U.S. THAAD system on the peninsula will further destabilize regional security, and it will be used to expand Washington's military influence.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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