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South Korean Military Says THAAD Ready for Actual Operation

South Korean Military Says THAAD Ready for Actual Operation

SEOUL, April 27 (Yonhap) – South Korea’s defense ministry announced Thursday that an advanced American missile defense system here will soon be put into “actual operation” to counter North Korea’s ballistic missile threats. Hours earlier, Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), told U.S. congressmen that the THAAD system will become operational [...]

THAAD Battery Installation Underway amid Angry Protests

THAAD Battery Installation Underway amid Angry Protests

SEOUL/SEONGJU, South Korea, April 26 (Korea Bizwire) – U.S. troops in South Korea began installing the equipment for an advanced missile defense system at a site in a southeastern region of the country, facing fierce protests from local residents.  The overnight, unannounced operation came just six days after U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) secured the land [...]

Negotiations Launched Officially to Provide S. Korean Land for THAAD Deployment

Negotiations Launched Officially to Provide S. Korean Land for THAAD Deployment

SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea and the United States officially kicked off negotiations Thursday to finalize the terms of deploying the advanced American missile defense system THAAD in South Korea, the foreign ministry said.  “With regard to the provision of land (for the deployment), a request has been filed to open negotiations [...]

U.S. Navy Ship Makes Port in Busan amid Tension with North Korea

U.S. Navy Ship Makes Port in Busan amid Tension with North Korea

BUSAN, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – A military source confirmed Wednesday that the USNS Howard O. Lorenzen – capable of tracking and monitoring ballistic missiles – is currently stationed in Busan, South Korea’s largest port, amid recent threats from North Korea that have been raising international concern.  The 12,845-ton vessel went into operation in 2014, [...]

S. Korea to Check Alternate Sites for THAAD

S. Korea to Check Alternate Sites for THAAD

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s military said Monday it will conduct detailed examinations into three sites in the rural county of Seongju to check if alternate locations can be found to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system.  The move comes as Seongju residents strongly protested the government’s decision to install the [...]

Seongju Residents Willing to Consider Alternate Site for THAAD

Seongju Residents Willing to Consider Alternate Site for THAAD

SEOUL/SEONGJU, Aug. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – Residents of Seongju said Friday that they can consider an alternate site for the the advanced U.S. defense shield if the government scraps its initial decision to place the system at an existing anti-aircraft missile base.  The emergency committee opposed to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area [...]

Defense Chief to Visit THAAD Site for Dialogue with Residents

Defense Chief to Visit THAAD Site for Dialogue with Residents

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s defense chief will visit Seongju, the selected site for an advanced U.S. anti-missile system this week, to hold talks with local residents angered by the “unilateral” deployment decision, the defense ministry said Tuesday.  Han Min-koo will visit the rural county, 296 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Wednesday, [...]

Koreans Strike against Decision to Deploy U.S. Missile Defense System

Koreans Strike against Decision to Deploy U.S. Missile Defense System

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 [...]