"Based on what I've been briefed after taking office, the original agreement between South Korea and the US was to deploy one missile (launcher) by the end of this year and the remaining five (launchers) next year." 5, .
Moon today revealed that the original diplomatic deal on THAAD, reached before his election, was to deploy a single launcher in 2017 and five additional launchers in 2018, but that the USA had "mysteriously accelerated" that before the election.
Korea temporarily suspended the Thaad deployment, citing a need for an environmental impact assessment of the us missile shield. Moon had pledged during his election campaign to renegotiate the agreement.
The protest came as South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In heads to Washington next week for his first summit with Trump amid soaring tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.
Trump has been angered by Moon's insinuations of impropriety and the purported ingratitude of South Koreans, who would be receiving a state-of-the-art defense system against North Korea's recently bolstered missile-launching capacities, and has charged that Seoul owes Washington $1 billion in THAAD expenses.
In early June, South Korea terminated the ongoing deployment of additional elements of the United States missile defense system THAAD over an investigation into the arrival of four U.S. rocket launchers exposing cover-ups at the Defense Ministry in Seoul in order to evade an environmental impact assessment.
"I believe that it must be strong enough to prevent North Korea from making any additional provocations and also to make North Korea realize that they are going down the wrong path".
The issue of South Korea's suspension of the THAAD deployment comes against the backdrop of the death of United States college student Otto Warmbier shortly after his release from a 17-month captivity by North Korea.
"But it's not clear that, even under President Trump, that he will agree to allow you to negotiate with the North Koreans without any preconditions".
From time to time, it was raining in the capital city, but the protestors marched scores of meters to the US embassy in South Korea to surround it in protest against the hurried push for the USA weapons deployment.
The spokesman of the South Korean Presidency, however, flatly dismissed the notion that the South Korean President would "ask" for U.S. permission to engage with North Korea.