China Furious Over US Missile, Plans To Retaliate
Many politicians and liberal activists are calling for the government to reconsider deploying the missile defense system, and people around the country have continued holding rallies against the planned THAAD deployment.
Vice Adm. James D. Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, the system will never be used against China. "It will make it hard for the country to seek cooperation from China and Russian Federation in denuclearizing the peninsula".
People attend a rally to protest against deploying the USA missile defense system, called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in front of the defense ministry in Seoul, South Korea, July 13, 2016. Rather, they said, they would seek to meet with Chinese scholars to understand China's stance on the THAAD issue and discuss ways to prevent bilateral relations from worsening further.
China has grown increasingly angry over the plan to deploy the missile system, which critics say is capable of tracking missiles inside China.
"We don't defend against China as a threat", he said in the interview at Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff building, according to Yonhap. It has nothing to do with undermining China's ballistic missile defense efforts. Chinese diplomats blocked efforts by the U.N. Security Council condemning North Korea's most recent missile tests, refusing to approve a council statement on the tests without language opposing the planned THAAD deployments to South Korea.
A major South Korean opposition lawmaker said it is possible to impeach President Park over her turning a blind eye to growing public opposition about the deployment of the missile defense system.
The country has also canceled a number of acts from South Korea.
Last month, South Korea announced a THAAD battery will be set up in the county of Seongju by the end of 2017.
Last week, the DPRK fired two ballistic missiles into east waters in an apparent protest against the deployment of THAAD in South Korea.