SEOUL, July 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Locals in Seongju County, which was chosen by the government Wednesday as the site for THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) battery deployment, took to the streets vehemently criticizing the decision. There took place a similar protest in front of the defense ministry building in Seoul on the same day who also protested against the deployment of THAAD in Korea.
The next day, however, saw a counter-protest in central Seoul, where members of conservative youth groups threw their full support behind the rationale of the missile defense system. The civic group went a step further to stage a satirical performance mocking the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
THAAD is an American anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles. The Korean government recently announced its final decision to deploy the system in Seongju County, located some 300km southeast of Seoul.
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