Acting President of the Republic of Korea Hwang Kyo-Ahn and Vice-President Michael Penny agreed quickly to take measures for the “punishment” of the DPRK in the case of new provocative steps Pyongyang. This was reported by the Agency Yonha .
Pens and Hwang Kyo-Ahn also agreed to rapidly deploy in South Korea a battery of American missile defense system THAAD.
Vice-President visited on Monday the Demilitarized zone (DMZ), serving as de facto borders between the Republic of Korea and the DPRK. Pens held in Seoul negotiations with Hwang Kyo Ahn, with whom he discussed bilateral military-political Alliance and the nuclear missile issue of the DPRK.
The placement of THAAD continues
The official representative of the Ministry of national defence mun sun Kyung at a regular briefing for journalists issued a statement that the placement in the Republic of Korea of the THAAD missile complex will continue according to the previously approved schedule.
Thus he commented on the statement of one of the foreign policy advisers in the White house, accompanying the Vice-President of the US Michael Pence during his tour of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. According to this member of the delegation, the fate of the plans for the transfer of THAAD batteries to the Republic of Korea will now depend on the new President in Seoul, elections will be held may 9. “I think it will be a decision for the next President,” said a White house spokesman.
According to mun San Gyun, the allies remain committed to the agreement on the deployment of THAAD, signed last year. “There is no change in the positions of South Korea and the United States concerning the continuation of the deployment of a missile defense system to counter missile and nuclear threat from Pyongyang” – he stressed.
Defense Ministry spokesman added that Seoul and Washington are “on the last stage of consultations” on the issue of granting of a site for THAAD before beginning full-scale construction work. For this purpose, the South Korean government chose the site, owned by the Lotte group of companies in the province of Gyeongsangbuk-Do. Mun sun Kyung noticed that the work will not be completed before the presidential elections because of lack of time.
Ground-based THAAD system designed to intercept warheads of ballistic missiles in the final stage of the middle section of the trajectory when approaching the target. It is designed to protect US troops and their allies, and towns and important installations from ballistic missiles as short range and strategic. The pretext for its location in South Korea became nuclear missile program of the DPRK. Strongly against this move are China and Russia.