South Korea’s possible funding of the construction of a U.S. base on Korean soil for the THAAD missile defense system has been “addressed,” a U.S budget proposal has shown, which could run counter to the allies’ agreement on the issue.
According to the fiscal year 2021 budget proposal of the Department of the Army dated Feb. 3, 2020, the U.S. earmarked US$49 million for the development of the South’s Seongju area, where its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery is installed.
It is the first time that the U.S. government has set aside a budget for the site. U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) set up a full six-launcher THAAD battery in the southern provincial town of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, as part of efforts to better cope with growing missile threats from North Korea.
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