South Korea has granted 30 hectares of land to the U.S. Forces Korea for the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, United Press International reported Thursday.
Elizabeth Shim writes THAAD will be established on a golf course owned by the family-run conglomerate Lotte in Seongju County in South Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province.
South Korea’s foreign ministry said a U.S.-South Korea task force has finalized details of the transfer and the South Korean military will run another round of environmental assessments that will take approximately 30 days, Shim reported.
The report said U.S. troops have transferred most of the THAAD equipment to the site.
Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, said in November 2016 the THAAD deployment would occur over eight to 10 months.
U.S. and South Korea reached a mutual decision last year to deploy the anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula amid North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.