World Ch. Schedule : TUE 22:30 KST
* Date : 2017-03-11
Foreign Correspondents Ep.24
THAAD deployment site confirmed
After much difficulty, an agreement confirming the site of deployment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system was finalized. On February 28, Lotte Group approved a land-swap agreement with Seoul's defense ministry to provide its golf course in Seongju-gun County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province as the site for deployment. Back in June 2014, talk of deploying THAAD first surfaced when Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces Korea at the time, recommended the placement. On January 6, 2016, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test, prompting Seoul to officially start reviewing the THAAD option. Although now with the site confirmed, the first elements of the anti-missile system have begun to arrive, discord surrounding THAAD is likely to remain for the time being.
THAAD retaliation from China
South Korea has maintained that the deployment of THAAD is solely for defense purposes, but the decision has angered China, which has long expressed its opposition to its placement in Korea. With the deployment now in motion, Korea has been experiencing a string of ‘unofficial’ economic sanctions from China. Major retailers have launched a boycott of products from Lotte, which provided the site for deployment. Also, an order to ban sales of Korean tour packages has been issued to Chinese tour agencies. Is there a breakthrough in this deadlock between Seoul and Beijing? We sit down to talk about the ongoing conflict surrounding THAAD and what possible solutions there may be.