SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has no plan for changes to its agreement with the United States that will fundamentally change the ongoing deployment of the THAAD missile defense system here, a senior security advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday.
"Our government plans to deal with the THAAD deployment with a few principles while being fully aware of North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," Chung Eui-yong, the head of the presidential National Security Office (NSO), told reporters.
"First of all, the government has no intention to fundamentally change what it has promised under the Korea-U.S. alliance," he added.
Chung's remarks followed the end of a special probe by the presidential office, which concluded the country's defense ministry had sought to keep the U.S. missile shield safe from a full-blown environmental impact assessment, which would have taken months before its deployment could begin.
A senior Cheong Wa Dae official has also noted the outcome of the probe would keep the still-ongoing deployment suspended for at least months, apparently prompting suspicions in Washington that Seoul's new liberal administration may be seeking to withdraw the former administration's agreement for the THAAD deployment.
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