December 01, 2016 12:50
The U.S. government has made it clear that it will deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in Korea as scheduled no matter what happens to President Park Geun-hye in the wake of a massive corruption scandal.
Asked whether Park's impeachment or resignation would affect the deployment, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said Tuesday, "Our THAAD deployment continues. The effort to do that as quickly as possible continues forward, and I'm not aware of any plans to alter that at this point."
"Those remain ongoing, and the alliance continues to move forward with that plan," he added.
The White House also stressed the importance of the alliance. Commenting on the "complicated political situation," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, "That is a situation that the [Korean] people will grapple with, but the ongoing alliance between our two countries is as strong and durable as ever."
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