WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Seoul on Tuesday for failing to finance the U.S. deployment of a missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula.
Last year, the U.S. deployed two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, launchers to South Korea in response to North Korea’s increased missile and nuclear tests.
“I said, so let me get this, we have a system that’s very expensive and we shoot down rockets that are shot from North Korea to South Korea,” Trump said to a crowd in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “Okay, so we’re protecting South Korea, right? Why aren’t they paying?”
Trump added that he asked a “certain general” about THAAD’s price tag and was told that because South Korea is an ally the United States foots the bill.