South Korean Leader Didn't Know US Missile Units Were In His Country

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he wasn't told that the U.S. sent four THAAD missile launchers to the country.
Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 07, 2017

South Korea's new president just found out he has a few extra U.S. missile launchers lying around in his country. And he's not happy about it.

President Moon Jae-in won his election in early May — about a week after the U.S. said two THAAD missile-defense launchers were up and running in South Korea.

THAAD systems usually use multiple launchers — and Moon recently found the other four units were already in his country.

Moon's administration says no one at Korea's Ministry of Defense told them about the launchers, which haven't been deployed yet. Moon has started an investigation into why he wasn't informed.

THAAD's deployment has been highly controversial — it's meant to protect the country from North Korean missiles, but some South Koreans are worried it will provoke China.

And Moon isn't keen on anything that widens the rift between North and South Korea — he's called for more diplomatic and economic cooperation between the two estranged nations.

Correction: A previous version of this story said two THAAD missile-defense batteries were installed in South Korea. The U.S. actually installed two THAAD launchers, which together make a single battery. The previous story also misstated how many launchers typically make up a single battery. This story has been updated.