THAAD unaffected by South Korea political crisis

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‘The US military says it will push ahead with plans to deploy the THAAD missile system in South Korea despite the ongoing political turmoil in the East Asian country.

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote against President Park Geun-hye on Friday, days after the US started deploying the controversial missile system to allegedly deter North Korea.

“Leaders change over time, that’s not new,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said, saying the two countries had already agreed upon the deployment and Washington would continue shipping the advanced weapon’s components.

“We made an agreement with the Republic of Korea that this was a capability that they needed… This is something that is needed militarily. That agreement was reached and we remain committed to delivering on it,” he added.’

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