19 April 2017

News Story: Over half of S.Koreans demand next president's decision on THAAD deployment - poll

SEOUL, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Over half of South Koreans demanded next president's decision on the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in their soil, a poll showed Tuesday.

According to the survey, 56.5 percent of respondents said the deployment process should be suspended and that the final decision should be made by next government as it is a significant matter.

It was based on a survey of 1,003 voters conducted on April 11. The result was jointly released by a local pollster URI Research & Consulting and the People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, a local civic group.

The support rate for the suspended THAAD deployment procedure was 18.0 percentage points higher than those who demanded a continued push for the U.S. missile shield installation.

Seoul and Washington agreed in July last year to deploy one THAAD battery in southeast South Korea. A THAAD battery is composed of six mobile launchers, 48 interceptors, an AN/TPY-2 radar and a fire & control unit.

Read the full story at Xinhua