S. Korean leader calls THAAD ‘inevitable’ as protesters rally
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published: July 22, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president defended her plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system on the peninsula, saying it was “inevitable” and that calls to scrap it could play into the North’s hands.
President Park Geun-hye spoke to the National Security Council as protests continued against the U.S.-South Korean decision to station a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, in the southeastern region of Seongju.
Park insisted the anti-missile battery is the best protection against a growing military threat from North Korea, which test-fired three more ballistic missiles on Tuesday.
She called on opposition groups and others to unite behind the decision, saying she won’t bow to “criticism and resistance,” according to the South’s Yonhap news agency.