World War 3: South Korea Puts World in Danger
President Moon Jae-in is weak when it comes to North Korea and his weakness may put many people in danger.
President Moon Jae-in is now attempting to derail the THAAD deployment, a measure to discourage and protect from a North Korean attack.
Moon is looking for underhanded ways to scuttle the THAAD deal, so is ordering a probe of the installation.
The probe may take up to a year and delay the ongoing deployment of the system.
The new government in Seoul is trying to beat up a conspiracy theory that the defense ministry was involved in an effort to make the THAAD deployment appear smaller than it actually is in the public eye. President Moon, who was elected in May after the previous government fell in a corruption scandal resulting in the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, pledged to make the project more transparent, including subjecting it to parliamentary approval.
Moon Jae-in is known for his underhanded style.
South Korean government’s review of the controversial deal signed under the previous administration. The defense ministry allegedly used a number of legal loopholes to expedite the deployment of the US anti-missile system and shield it from public scrutiny.
Uncertainty over THAAD was discussed during the Monday visit of US Vice Admiral James Syring, the director for the US Missile Defense Agency. Syring met Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean presidential National Security Office, as well as Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of US Forces Korea, which is to operate the THAAD battery.
Chung Eui-yong assured the US military officials that the controversy surrounding the deployment was strictly about observing domestic legal procedures and would not affect the alliance between the two countries.
“Regarding the THAAD issue, [Chung] explained the country was conducting a review to secure democratic and procedural legitimacy, as well as transparency in its deployment,” the presidential office said in a statement, adding that the Americans “understood” the situation.
North Korea accuses China and the US of “railroading and enforcing” the latest round of sanctions “after having drafted it in the backroom at their own pleasure.”
“It is a fatal miscalculation if the countries… even think that they can delay or hold in check the eye-opening development of the (DPRK’s) nuclear forces even for a moment,” the DPRK spokesman said.
Tensions have been rising on the Korean Peninsula since President Trump adopted a much harder line on Pyongyang than his predecessor, Barack Obama. The White House has repeatedly called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. The latest flare-up in rhetoric was triggered by reports that the North was about to conduct its sixth nuclear test or fire a nuclear-capable ballistic missile.
In April, Trump dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson along with a “very powerful armada” to the Korean Peninsula for joint drills with the Japanese and South Korean militaries, as well as deploying the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, a decision that has been criticized by the Russian and Chinese governments.
North Korea has rejected all sanctions imposed against it since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, claiming such measures encroach on its sovereignty and right to self-defense.