South Korea denies behind-the-scene heavyweight’s intervention in THAAD decision

On Monday, South Korea's defense ministry denied a claim by an opposition lawmaker that a behind-the-scene heavyweight may have intervened in the July decision by Seoul and Washington to deploy a US missile shield system on South Korean soil.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system (Photo: Reuters) Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun told the press that it could not possibly be true after being asked about Representative Kim Jong-dae's claim that a political big wig may have meddled in the decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Kim, a member of the minority Justice Party, said on his Facebook page on Thursday that the THAAD deployment decision was made in July and that rumors were rife about the attempt of Lockheed Martin, the THAAD manufacturer, to contact heavyweights of the Park Geun-hye government. The opposition lawmaker said the behind-the-scene figure who pulled strings for Lockheed Martin must be found.

Source: VOV5