August 29, 2017 11:22
The government hopes to complete the deployment of four additional launchers of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. by early September.
It will notify Washington of the schedule in a meeting of the two defense ministers in the U.S. on Wednesday.
But the full deployment could be delayed because the Moon Jae-in administration insists on proceeding in a transparent manner amid fierce protests by local residents.
A Cheong Wa Dae official said Monday, "Our aim is to complete the temporary deployment of the THAAD launchers once the Defense Ministry has reviewed a recent environmental study."
The ministry been inspecting the area in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province since last month for signs of electromagnetic radiation and other potential hazards and is close to wrapping up its analysis.
Some construction work is needed before the remaining four launchers can be set up, including electrical works. The ministry said it will reveal the exact date of the deployment at least one day in advance.
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