Building Materials Delivered to THAAD Base After U.S. Complaints

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    April 29, 2021 11:47

    The Defense Ministry on Wednesday delivered building materials and a new power generator to the U.S. base where a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery is stationed in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

    The single access road to the former golf course has effectively been blocked by protesters since the THAAD battery was stationed there in April 2017, and soldiers still live in primitive conditions in the former club house and shipping containers, while basic supplies have to be airlifted in.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called their circumstance "unacceptable" when he met with Defense Minister Suh Wook in March.

    Trucks carrying building materials and equipment drive into the THAAD base in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday. /Newsis

    "Building and other materials, a new mobile generator and support equipment were delivered to the base on Wednesday to improve the living conditions of Korean and American troops there," a ministry spokesman said. "The generator was delivered to replace one of the two power generators that had been there since 2017."

    They were delivered by a convoy of about 40 trucks despite violent resistance from some protesters.

    Three local residents were injured in a clash with police as they joined other protesters to block the trucks.

    The ministry gave reporters and local residents advance notice of the plan and even released images of equipment to be delivered to assure protesters that no further armaments were being stationed there. The ministry said the equipment "has nothing to do with the improvement of" the THAAD battery itself. 

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