US offers inside look at THAAD to convince South Koreans it’s safe
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published: July 20, 2016
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — The U.S. military offered a rare glimpse of an advanced missile defense battery in a bid to help the South Korean government convince its populace that the system is safe and vital to security on the peninsula.
Washington and Seoul agreed to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, in a mountainous region southeast of Seoul to counter a growing missile threat from North Korea.
But critics, especially residents of Seongju county where the system will be based, fear the unit’s powerful radar will harm health, the environment and the economy.
Unable to assuage the concerns, South Korean and U.S. officials decided to try putting a friendly face on the system.