USA Finishes Installation of Controversial Missile Shield in S.Korea

Seoul - United States troops in the Republic of South Korea finished today the installation of the anti-missile shield Thaad despite the strong protests and polemic unleashed over the cost of setting it up.

According to the Yonhap news agency, the operation ends days after the Prime Minister of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-ahn, announced the deployment of Thaad on national territory after the military maneuvers of the Popular Democratic Republic of Korea (PDRK).

The system was deployed in the locality of Seongju, in the province of North Gyeongsang, where residents went out to the streets in protest for fear of becoming target of attacks and to the effects of radars on their health.

Foreign news media highlight that the battery of the Thaad is in its 'initial operational capacity', as it will take months to reach total operational capacity.

The deployment also provoked disagreements between Seoul and Washington on the distribution of costs, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would charge one billion dollars to South Korea.

Seoul rejected it and alleged that according to the bilateral agreement, it should only provide the area.

For its part, China asserted that the installation of the system will heighten the tension in the region and warned it will take measures to protect its interests, as it considers it a threat to its security.

The United States and South Korea signed the agreement for the deployment of the Thaad last year, causing inconformities and criticism in the Korean Peninsula and the region, including China and Russia.

The actions of Washington and its international allies, as well as the continuous military maneuvers in the coasts near the península, that the PDRK considers an latent sample of hostility and threat.

Thus that its government carries out frequent tests in its program of nuclear weapons, with the objective of verifying the strategies of national defense before possible attacks.

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