The U.S. military yesterday has started transferring key parts of a controversial antimissile defence system into operational position. This sudden and surprise move did not go down well with the local residents near the site in Seongju, South Korea.
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, or THAAD, was originally scheduled to be installed after May 9 post the election of South Korean President but was done to help check the threats from the Kim Jong-Un led North Korean Government.
China is maintaining its hostile stance against THAAD, warning that Beijing will take firm measures to defend its interests, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. He also urged that the U.S. and South Korean governments to stop the deployment, saying it will disrupt the regional strategic equilibrium and further aggravate the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula. It is to be noted here that Nrth Korea enjoys the indirect support of Chinese Government.
This isn’t a surprise reaction from China which has already started boycotting Lotte products as well as South Korean businesses operating in China. Chinese tourist travel to South Korea has also been banned.
Over 8,000 police officers and South Korean soldiers reportedly escorted loads of U.S. military trucks onto the golf course which was previously owned by Lotte Co., one of the South Korean business groups.
A recent poll on THAAD deployment has revealed that around 57% of South Koreans wanted the action to be delayed.