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Defense minister says 'no particular change' on THAAD deployment amid peace efforts

Defense 18:11 October 26, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said Friday that there is "no particular change" to the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system amid ongoing inter-Korean efforts to reduce military tensions and prevent accidental clashes.

His remarks during a parliamentary audit came as speculation has emerged that the installation of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system aimed at countering Pyongyang's missile threats could be affected by cross-border peace efforts.

Asked about the current status of the THAAD deployment, the minister said that the current THAAD deployment is temporary, and that the "formal" installation will come after a general environmental evaluation.

"I understand the U.S. side is working on drawing up plans for the environmental evaluation and that the work is almost near its completion stage," Jeong said.

During the audit, Jeong also said he recognizes the efficacy of THAAD.

The temporary deployment of a THAAD battery came last year amid a series of missile provocations by North Korea.

Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo speaks during a parliamentary audit at the ministry building in Seoul on Oct. 26, 2018. (Yonhap)

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