SEOUL, June 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's vice defense chief who was appointed under the new government made his sincere apology to residents on Tuesday for the previous government's unilateral push for the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system in their hometown.
The residents urged the visiting vice minister to thoroughly investigate any procedural illegitimacy in the process of the unilateral installation in a bid to go toward the retreat of the U.S. weapons system.
Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk and three other defense ministry officials held talks with about 40 residents at the village hall of Soseong-ri in Seongju county, North Gyeongsang province, according to a statement from an organization composed of Seongju and Gimcheon city residents and anti-THAAD peace activists.
During the one-and-a-half-hour meeting, Suh vowed to continuously communicate with residents to reflect opinion of residents in countermeasures while sufficiently consulting with them to proceed with any procedures.
The vice defense minister apologized to residents for the previous government's unilateral push for the deployment of the U.S. missile shield, according to the statement. The meeting was held behind closed doors.
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PacificSentinel: Lets make a few thing's clear:
- 1st - This story is written from a Chinese perspective ignoring what was also said in the above "Related Story" from South Korea's YonhapNews
- 2nd - No-one but the US Military & Lockheed Martin really knows what THAAD can do, the stated numbers for range, altitude & so-on are just the public numbers, we simply don't know what the system can do.
- 3rd - If South Korea tells the US to take it away it could negatively impact on the alliance, which would hurt South Korea in a major way
The chance of THAAD leaving the Korean Peninsula is slim at best, so China and the protesters had better get use to it.