U.S. Opens THAAD Base to Korean Press

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    July 19, 2016 10:06

    A U.S. military spokesman speaks in front of Korean officers and reporters at a THAAD base in Guam on Monday.

    The U.S. opened a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in Guam to Korean journalists on Monday to allay fears here over the harmful effects of the weapons system to be stationed in southern Korea.

    A Korean military officer demonstrated that the electromagnetic waves emitted by the radar at Site Armadillo in northwestern Guam, 1.6 km away from the battery reached a maximum of 0.0007 watt per sq.m, just 0.007 percent of the 10 watts per sq.m permitted under Korean law.

    "This is a level that you encounter everywhere in your daily life," the officer said.

    The move came at the request of the Korean government, which is battling growing protests from locals.

    Electromagnetic waves of 0.0006 watt per sq.m emitted by the radar register on a detector near a THAAD base in Guam on Monday.

    The U.S. initially balked at the idea since even American reporters have yet to see the THAAD battery in Guam.

    The measurement was taken 1.6 km from the THAAD site since the battery here will be set up 1.5 km away from the nearest village in Seongju.

    The battery in Seongju will sit on a hill, which is expected to further weaken the effects of any electromagnetic waves emitted by the radar.

    Between 100 and 200 U.S. soldiers train every day near the THAAD battery in Guam, while construction workers also work nearby.

    A U.S. military spokesman said, "There have been no reports by soldiers or workers about pain or other symptoms."

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