U.S. reaffirms alliance with South Korea, THAAD deployment

March 10, 2017

UPI:

The U.S. State Department reaffirmed the bilateral alliance with Seoul in the wake of a South Korea court decision to remove President Park Geun-hye from power, Yonhap reported Friday.

The statement was made as the U.S. House of Representatives gathered 93 signatures for a proposal condemning North Korea’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and the need to immediately deploy THAAD in South Korea.

According to Voice of America, the House resolution calls for the prompt deployment of the U.S. missile defense system.

THAAD parts began arriving at a U.S. military base in South Korea this week, and deployment is to take place as planned despite Chinese retaliatory measures against South Korea.

H. Res. 92, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., also condemns North Korea’s ballistic missile program because it “demonstrates an increasing ability to reach the United States, and constitutes a credible threat to the security of the American people.”

The resolution also “supports continued bilateral security cooperation between the United States and South Korea,” a statement reaffirmed by the State Department on Friday after the South Korean court decision was announced.

In a statement to Yonhap, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said there are no changes to THAAD deployment plans and that the U.S.-South Korea alliance is a linchpin to U.S. and regional security interests…

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