THAAD Protests Erupt in South Korea

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. military vehicles were blocked from entering the THAAD deployment site in South Korea after being confronted by protesters.

The Yonhap news agency reports the incident happened on Monday Aug. 28 in the country’s central Seongju County.

A group of anti-THAAD activists and residents living near the deployment site forced two U.S. military vehicles to turn back. The vehicles were transporting a South Korean officer working under USFK in addition to two U.S. Forces Korean soldiers.

Some residents living near the deployment site are concerned about potentially negative health and environmental impacts associated with the system.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered the temporary installation of four THAAD launchers after North Korea tested intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

On Monday, activists also launched protests outside the U.S. embassy in Seoul.

The protests come ahead of Defense Minister Song Young-moo’s visit to Washington this week to meet with his U.S. counterpart James Mattis.