Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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South Korea's ruling Democratic Party has planned to push for parliamentary hearing on the unauthorized delivery of four more mobile launchers of the US missile shield to the country, which failed to be reported to President Moon Jae-in. The new launchers are in addition to two that had already been installed. The president's plan to bring the issue to the legislature was confirmed once again when he met Durbin this week, although Moon assured that the discussion at the National Assembly and the environmental study are not meant to reverse the deployment.

In the field of maritime security, Inada, Mattis and Han reaffirmed the importance of the freedom of navigation and overflight as well as the peaceful solution of conflicts, apparently keeping in mind China's one-sided expansion in the East and South China seas.

In his keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Mattis called North Korea "the most urgent and unsafe threat" to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific, adding that the era of strategic patience was over. "These U.S. forces - 28,500 - are risking their lives for the safety of South Korea and they should be protected as should all of the people in Korea".

The defense ministry reported to the state affairs planning advisory panel, which acted as a transition committee, on May 25 and to the National Security Office of the Blue House the following day, but the additional installation was omitted from the documents.

The US and previous conservative South Korean government had agreed to the deployment of the anti-missile defence system in early March in a bid to help Seoul intercept Pyongyang's ballistic missiles and defend itself against a potential missile attack from the isolated country - much against China's opposition.

"The rising North Korean missile threat makes THAAD a defensive necessity and the ROK-U.S. alliance moved as quickly as possible, together, to bring this important capability to the ROK", he added.

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Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, released a statement Thursday chastising the president for his decision .

A banner with an illustration of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed to oppose a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul Monday, June 5, 2017.

"This would be a awful time for the United States, or really a bilateral alliance here, to go wobbly on this very important deployment of THAAD", he said.

The Chinese government on Wednesday expressed concerns about the delivery of additional THAAD components to South Korea, reiterating its longstanding claim the installment harms China's security interests and upsets the strategic balance in the region.

Also scheduled to attend the IISS security summit is South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo.

"I basically said to him two things".

The Pentagon's spokesman, Army Major Jamie Davis, said in a statement Wednesday that the Pentagon had "worked closely and (had) been fully transparent" with South Korea, or the Republic of Korea (ROK), throughout the entire THAAD process.

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