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Presidential Office Denies Asahi Report on THAAD Deployment

KBS World Radio

Write : 2017-06-24 21:21:33 Update : 2017-06-24 21:22:27

The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae has denied a Japanese newspaper's report Saturday that the United States reiterated its call for South Korea to complete the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system by the end of the year.

Cheong Wa Dae chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said in a text message to reporters later in the day that the Asahi report is not true.

The Asahi Shimbun daily, citing a source familiar with Seoul-Washington ties, reported that Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon made the request during his visit to Seoul earlier this month.

The report said during a meeting with South Korean foreign ministry officials, Shannon asked for Seoul to deploy the remaining four THAAD launchers within the year. Two launchers are already in place in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

Asahi said South Korea avoided giving a clear response.

In a Reuters interview earlier this week, President Moon Jae-in said the original agreement with the U.S. was to deploy just one THAAD launcher by the end of this year and the remaining five others next year.

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