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Protesters Sue to Stop US Missile System in S. Korea

Protesters Sue to Stop US Missile System in S. KoreaProtesters Sue to Stop US Missile System in S. Korea

People living near a South Korean golf course on Tuesday sued to stop it hosting a controversial US missile system loathed by Beijing, lawyers said, after Chinese media issued a veiled threat of a consumer boycott over the plan.

A subsidiary of retail giant Lotte Group, South Korea’s fifth-biggest company, signed an agreement on Tuesday with the defense ministry to provide the course in the southeast of the country, authorities said, despite coming under growing pressure from crucial market China over the proposal, AFP reported.

The plan by Washington and Seoul to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in response to threats from nuclear-armed North Korea has angered Beijing, which fears it will undermine its own ballistic capabilities.

Chinese authorities have forced Lotte to suspend a $2.6 billion theme park construction project and other South Korean businesses have faced tougher regulatory hurdles from Beijing.

But the Lotte board on Monday approved the swap of a company-owned golf course in Seongju County, in southeastern South Korea, for a parcel of military-owned ground near Seoul.

The plan has stirred protest closer to home, with riled locals launching a lawsuit with the Seoul administrative court against South Korea’s Defense Ministry.

“This is only the beginning of our legal battles to stop this project,” lawyer Kim Yu-Jeong told journalists outside the defense ministry, where some 40 activists and residents mounted a demonstration.

Caption: A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system

 

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