Investigative probe has been ordered by Jae-in, South Korean President, into the deployment of four Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD), missile launchers.
This is in addition to the two deployed earlier by the U.S. military before his election.
This was made known by the Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan, who said that the president was “shocked” when he heard that the four additional THAAD launchers, bought by the government of Moon, were not made known to the new government or the public.
It should be noted that the THAAD launchers were deployed to counter the North Korean missile threat.
The deployment of the defence system by the U.S. military, agreed by the government of Moon’s, was a controversial issue in the May 10 presidential election and has infuriated China, North Korea’s lone major ally.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang during a press briefing said, “We oppose the deployment of the U.S. missile system to South Korea and call on all parties to immediately stop this process.
“We are ready to take necessary measures to protect our interests,” he said, adding that “China’s position on the THAAD issue has not changed.”
Although it was not specified what protective measures China had in mind. However, it responded to the THAAD installation, by announcing that it will stage live-fire exercises and test new weapons to protect its security.
It should be noted that the THAAD system is aimed at detecting and shooting down missiles.