01 August 2017

News Story: Anti-THAAD protesters in S. Korea shout opposition to further deployment

A THAAD Interceptor Missile test launch
SEOUL, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Residents and peace activists in South Korea, who have opposed the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, gathered Monday outside the presidential Blue House and the defense ministry's headquarters, shouting a renewed opposition to further deployment.

It rained heavily earlier in the morning, but over 100 participants, ranging from elementary-school children holding hands with their mothers to university students and gray-haired grannies who have difficulty moving around, kept their places outside the Blue House.

Some wore raincoats, and others held umbrellas. Several others got rained on directly, just lifting placards to oppose the decision to install four more THAAD launchers in a former golf course in Seongju county, North Gyeongsang province.

President Moon Jae-in ordered the start of consultations with the United States on the deployment of the remaining THAAD launchers, after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) late Friday night.

AN/TPY-2 Radar for THAAD
The protesters tried to go inside a fountain near the main gate of the Blue House, but it was blocked by riot police, causing a tussle between them. President Moon opened the road along his office, including the fountain, to people, but any protest rally has been banned. The protesters demanded a press conference be allowed there.

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