Presidential Office Denies Asahi Report on THAAD Deployment
Jun 26 2017
Each rocket launcher is armed with eight interceptor missiles.
Around 4,000 people participated in the demonstration, the largest since South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the system, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD).
Tensions around the Korean Peninsula have recently escalated as Pyongyang has carried out a number of ballistic missile and nuclear tests in violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions.
Meanwhile, North Korea's Ambassador to India reached out to the United States on behalf of the Kim Jong-un regime with an offer of a moratorium on North Korean nuclear and missile tests.
North Korea this year has tested several new missile systems, including a powerful midrange missile experts say could one day reach targets as far as Hawaii or Alaska.
In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Moon said only one THAAD launcher was scheduled to be deployed in 2017 here under an agreement with the US, and the remaining five next year. Kang was quoted as saying that the two leaders are pragmatic and will have "chemistry".
The remarks came in reaction to a question by a U.S. journalist in a recent interview with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in which the interviewer from U.S. broadcaster CBS stated it was not clear whether U.S. President Donald Trump would "agree to allow" his South Korean counterpart to negotiate with the North Koreans.
The top USA diplomat acknowledged the now suspended deployment of THAAD as a "democratic process".
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Trump are due to meet for the first time in Washington next week, with THAAD expected to dominate the agenda.
The remarks came in reaction to a question by a USA journalist in a recent interview with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in which the interviewer from CBS stated it was not clear whether U.S. President Donald Trump would "agree to allow" his South Korean counterpart to negotiate with the North Koreans. You want to start a dialogue without any concessions by the North Koreans.
"It's only the second time after that the Senate has introduced a resolution welcoming a foreign leader's visit to the US since the inauguration of the Trump administration", a source said.
The resolution also called for the two countries to work together to "fully and effectively enforce existing sanctions (on North Korea) and consider the need to take immediate action to pass additional and meaningful new measures". South Korea also operates Aegis-equipped destroyers.