S. Korea to Disclose Site for US Missile Defense

S. Korea to Disclose Site for US Missile DefenseS. Korea to Disclose Site for US Missile Defense

The site in South Korea, which will be the base for an advanced US missile defense system that the government says is designed to cope with North Korean threats, will be announced on Wednesday, Seoul officials said.

The planned announcement comes two days after North Korea threatened to take unspecified “psychical” measures once the location for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, is disclosed.

China and Russia also oppose the system that they believe help US radars spot missiles in their countries. Seoul and Washington say the missile system only targets North Korea, AP reported.

South Korean media reported the southeastern rural town of Seongju has been picked as the site. Seoul’s Defense Ministry would not comment, saying a formal announcement will be made Wednesday afternoon.

Residents in several villages rumored to be candidate sites for the THAAD system have already launched protests, citing fears that the electromagnetic waves that THAAD radar systems emit can possibly cause health hazards. Local Sangju leaders said they plan to make a protest visit to the Defense Ministry in Seoul on Wednesday.

Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on the THAAD deployment after North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test and carried about a long-range rocket launch earlier this year.