Moon sends aide to US for talks on anti-missile system

Pablo Tucker
June 4, 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the unauthorized delivery of four more mobile launchers of the USA missile shield to the country.

Moon took office on May 10 without a transition period because a snap presidential election was held two months after Park was ousted.

Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit said despite current roadblocks the WCC will continue to work toward President Moon's goals of a peaceful Korea.

South Korean military officials deliberately withheld information from the president about the arrival of new launchers for a controversial United States anti-missile system, his office said on Wednesday.

The president said that while his administration remains committed to establishing peaceful dialogue with North Korea, the North's recent missile tests have made communication all but impossible at present, reports a WCC press release.

Blue House aides quoted Moon as saying the move was "extremely shocking".

The US and previous conservative South Korean government had agreed to the deployment of the anti-missile defence system in early March in a bid to help Seoul intercept Pyongyang's ballistic missiles and defend itself against a potential missile attack from the isolated country - much against China's opposition.

Han and Kim Kwan-jin, former head of the National Security Office, were questioned last Wednesday on whether they intentionally withheld the information from Moon to speed through the deployment process.

The phrases "six THAAD launchers" and "four additional launchers" as well as the name of the military base camp were removed in the final version delivered to national security office chief Chung Ui-yong.

Seoul and Washington agreed past year, when President Park Geun-hye was president, that the deployment would be completed by the end of 2017.

They confirmed that they will increase their calls on the worldwide community to firmly implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea.

Han and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada discussed military cooperation in a separate bilateral meeting as well.

Moon had told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in their first phone call on May 11 that it was "the reality" that "most" South Koreans do not accept the agreement.

In his keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Mattis called North Korea "the most urgent and risky threat" to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific, adding that the era of strategic patience was over.

This was President Moon's first in-person meeting as president with the former United Nations chief and comes just weeks before the first bilateral summit between Mr. Moon and his US counterpart Donald Trump slated for the end of the month.

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