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Protest in Seoul against THAAD missile system
   2016-07-22 07:48:22    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Shuai

People from Seongju county hold the national flags of South Korea and banners to protest against the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), during a rally in Seoul, capital of South Korea, on July 21, 2016. More than 2,000 people from Seongju county, where one THAAD battery will be deployed, gathered at a square in Seoul for a rally on Thursday, to protest against the deployment of THAAD. [Photo: Xinhua/Yao Qilin]

A rally has been held in South Korea's capital, Seoul.

Thousands of residents from the country's southern county of Seongju were protesting against the government's decision to choose their town as a site where a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defense unit will be deployed.

Seok Hyeon-Cheol is the protest organizer.

"The procedure of the government making a unilateral decision without negotiation with residents is completely wrong. We gathered here to directly express Seongju residents' anger."

The rally comes after the announcement by South Korea and the United States to deploy a THAAD unit with the U.S. military in a rural melon-farming county in the South earlier this month.

It triggered loud protests from residents as they were worried about possible negative health and environmental impacts.

Earlier in the day, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the move to deploy a THAAD missile defense system was "inevitable" because of a growing threat from North Korea.

"I'm facing criticism and resistance these days. However, if I waver in this situation, unrest will grow in the country. As the commander-in-chief, I will play my role to the fullest for the nation, and do my utmost to safeguard our citizens."

Both China and Russia have condemned the planned deployment as a severe threat to the regional peace and stability.

The coverage of the THAAD missile defense system, especially the monitoring scope of its X-Band radar, can reach into the hinterlands of Asia, which goes far beyond the defense needs of the Korean Peninsula.

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