South Korea and the United States have wrapped up the land transfer process expediting the deployment of the anti-missile defense system.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry says it has completed the regulatory process needed for providing the base site, formerly a golf course owned by Lotte Group, to the U.S. Forces Korea.
This concludes the land provision process that began on March 2nd under the Status of Forces Agreement, a bilateral treaty that governs the status of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.
Accordingly, work will begin in earnest to transform some 300-thousand square meters of land into a military base for THAAD, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.
The work involves not only moving radars and missile launchers to the site but also conducting evaluations on the potential impact on the surrounding environment in Seongju County, about a three hour drive south of Seoul.
There have been concerns about electronic waves from radars affecting local residents and the environment.
The U.S. military is said to be designing the site based on the geographical landscape which will be followed by the construction work.
Following the groundwork, U.S. Forces Korea will transfer the key equipment of the THAAD battery to the site including mobile missile launchers, interceptor missiles and X-band radars.
Experts say THAAD will likely be operational after the May 9th presidential election.
Park Jong-hong, Arirang News.