Anti-THAAD protestors surround United States embassy in S.Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Richard Haass president of U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations in a meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae

Anti-THAAD protestors surround United States embassy in S.Korea

According to organizers, 3,000 people attended a march through the center of Seoul, holding signs that read "Koreans hate THAAD" and 'Yes to peace talks, ' as well as banners directed at US President Donald Trump.

With regard to the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system, the resolution noted Seoul's explanation that it has no intention to reverse deployment commitments as it "implements the domestic procedures to uphold democratic, legal, and procedural legitimacy and transparency". "He still managed very well", one Internet user said on a local internet bulletin board.

6,000 Korean Protest in front of US Embassy in Korea on June 24, 2017 for NO THAAD and immediate US Army's withdrawal from Korea.

In early June, South Korea terminated the ongoing deployment of additional elements of the USA missile defense system THAAD over an investigation into the arrival of four USA rocket launchers exposing cover-ups at the Defense Ministry in Seoul in order to evade an environmental impact assessment.

A bipartisan group of US senators on Thursday introduced a resolution welcoming South Korean President Moon Jae-in's upcoming visit to Washington while reaffirming the importance of the alliance and calling for further expanding all-round cooperation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that only one rocket launcher was originally scheduled to be deployed in 2017 under the country's agreement with the United States to host the THAAD missile defense system.

He has revealed that only one USA rocket launcher was supposed to be deployed in South Korea in 2017, and five more in 2018.

Components of the THAAD missile defense system being brought in to the deployment site in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

Moon's office has been attempting to limit the stand-off between allies following the Reuters interview, saying his government is not fundamentally opposed to THAAD, but is merely trying to follow procedures.

When asked about frustration in Washington that Moon's administration has not fully deployed a U.S. antiballistic missile system and instead insists on an environmental impact assessment, the president said getting the assessment done "does not mean that we will postpone or reverse the decision to deploy".

"I believe that it must be strong enough to prevent North Korea from making any additional provocations and also to make North Korea realize that they are going down the wrong path".

Many South Koreans reacted with anger in online postings.

Pyongyang's patron, China, has also condemned THAAD while engaging in a costly unofficial trade war with South Korea over its decision to install the missile defense system.

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