Moon urges Japan to offer apology

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Richard Haass president of U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations in a meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae
Presidential Office Denies Asahi Report on THAAD Deployment

26 June, 2017

While US Forces Korea is responsible for deployment costs and management of the South Korean THAAD system, the Aegis Ashore system in Japan would be paid for by the Japanese government and managed by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, with the US military operating THAAD X-band radar installed in Aomori in northern Japan and Kyoto in southern Japan.

Under the original agreement, one mobile launcher was scheduled to be installed by the end of this year, with five others set to be deployed in 2018.

Moon, a center-left politician, who was sworn in last month after a corruption scandal brought down the previous right-wing administration, has been a fierce critic of the way in which the sophisticated defense system has been deployed and has ordered a full investigation. Moon had pledged during his election campaign to renegotiate the agreement.

South Korean President Moon Jae In, in a newspaper interview published online Tuesday, urged Japan to take legal responsibility and offer an official apology for former comfort women. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.

"The US trusts the South Korean official stance that the THAAD deployment was an Alliance decision".

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The advanced United States missile defense system has been operational in South Korea since early May 2017, and can intercept ballistic missiles launched by the regime of Kim Jong-un in North Korea. The North will soon acquire the technology to deploy a "nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S mainland", he said, adding that "strong sanctions" must be implemented against the isolated state if it launches another long-range missile or conducts another nuclear test.

"For some reason that I do not know, this entire THAAD process was accelerated", said Moon.

"Resumption of dialogue with North Korea may need to be pursued in close cooperation and consultation with the United States, but South Korea does not need to be allowed by the do so", Kwun Hyuk-ki, a Cheong Wa Dae spokesman, told Yonhap News Agency. You want to start a dialogue without any concessions by the North Koreans. "Aren't you giving in to them?" asked the US interviewer.

The spokesman of the South Korean Presidency, however, flatly dismissed the notion that the South Korean President would "ask" for USA permission to engage with North Korea.

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