THAAD to be deployed in mountainous area southeast of Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean military has selected a mountainous area southeast of Seoul as the location for an advanced U.S. missile defense system, a spokesman said Wednesday, stressing the need to guard against a growing threat from the North.
The choice of the rural county of Seongju would allow the military to “more firmly protect one-half to two-thirds” of South Korea’s citizens from North Korean nuclear and missile threats, the Ministry of National Defense said.
“The increased North Korean nuclear and missile threat is an issue directly related to the survival of the nation and our people,” Yoo Jeh-Seung, the ministry’s deputy minister for policy, told reporters.
It “will drastically strengthen the military capabilities and readiness to defend critical national infrastructure such as nuclear power plants and oil storage facilities,” he said, adding the site was chosen to maximize military effectiveness while ensuring the safety of the local population.
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