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South Korea chooses site of THAAD U.S. missile system amid protests

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Why should the U.S pay for it. Don't understand that at all.

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Matt Hartwell JUL. 13, 2016 - 05:21PM JST Why should the U.S pay for it. Don't understand that at all.

The US will deploy the proprietary system in defense of South Korea, but will not be turning over the technology and operations to the South Korea military.

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Seongju residents are also worried that the deployment could damage the reputation of their melon crop, which Kim said accounted for 70 percent of the country’s output.

I for one totally understand this. Why should melons take a backseat to national security? If the North decides in its dying days to lob a few missiles across the border in a suicidal mission, Seoul will suffer much damage - but at least they will have melons to feast upon after cleaning up debris of destroyed buildings.

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I for one do not understand the opposition of North Korea and China to the THAAD system. North Korea has been developing nuclear weapons and medium range missile delivery systems, and they are opposed to the South wanting to defend itself? Sounds like they really are crazy. As for China, given their inability or unwillingness to control their client state in North Korea, what is the basis for their opposition to THAAD? If they have a legitimate complaint, I would like to hear what it is.

In reality, there is no 100% protection against nuclear bomb delivery systems, but it makes sense to at least make a good effort in that direction.

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The US will deploy the proprietary system in defense of South Korea, but will not be turning over the technology and operations to the South Korea military.

So it should be some sort of leasing arrangement paid for by the South Korean government. Its arrangement like these that tempt people like Trump to call for a pull back.

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The US will deploy the proprietary system in defense of South Korea, but will not be turning over the technology and operations to the South Korea military.

So it's very similar to the US missile defense system in Europe. Putin even made a similar point lol. That's why it's also interesting (and obvious) why Russia opposes the THAAD system too. None of these is about North Korea, or Iran in the case of Europe. There will definitely be less influential countries to pressure on Kim in the coming days, I reckon.

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"Putting THAAD in Seongju would also allow for protection of major U.S. military installations in the South, while limiting the range of its radar’s reach into China, South Korean media said."

I told you so! THAAD is basically to protect US personnel more than S Koreans. Now Kim will be tempted to test drive a missile between Busan, S Korea and Fukuoka, Japan to see how well THAAD works. Kim exercising Freedom of Navigation in international air space.. Chinese navy will be nearby to collect intel to learn how to counter THAAD. So THAAD is actually a very foolish idea.

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After decades of coddling North Korea and allowing it to pursue it's nuclear weapons development, it now opposes South Korea's right to defend itself. This is the typical rationale of the Chinese dictatorship, which makes about as much sense as their ridiculous 9-dash line. If China are really that concerned about THAAD deployment, they could get serious and shut down North Korea's threat capability in like a week.

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My advice to Seoul is please don't make your THAAD site such a big and obvious target for Kim's super inaccurate missiles which might hit the capital by mistake!

When such things happen then welcome to the new Iraq and Syria in Asia !

By that it's obvious that it's not so far away Washington I'm referring to!

Why not just do the Gangnam style?

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Kim may act and waffle like a clown, but he is, in fact a great danger, and one that needs a state of readiness to cripple if he ever attacks any of the more intelligent countries around his enclave of fear and paranoia.

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