The talks between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington, which have led to an unexpected move toward the end of hostilities on the peninsula, have been widely welcomed across South Korea. But as many Koreans welcomed the change of status quo, it has also reinforced their pressure against US missile defense.
The United States had a hard time placing its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems on South Korean soil. The only apparent reason Washington had was the notorious North Korean nuclear threat. Now that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has indicated his willingness to get rid of his country’s nuclear weapons program, South Koreans have renewed their pressure on the unwanted US military presence.
The pressure itself is nothing new: inhabitants of Sesong-Ri, a town some four hours away from Seoul, have protested the THAAD battery located near their town from the very beginning.
For the past 680 days, around 200 villagers have been taking shifts around the clock to try to block US vehicles from travelling to the battery site, The Star reports. Following the North Korean talks, the town has erupted in protest activity.
“Take THAAD out, the North Korean nuclear threat is gone,” reads a banner wielded by a group of some 40 elderly men and women. Behind them is a a wall painted “No Nukes, No THAAD.”
”Now the North Korean nuclear and missile threat has (abated) conspicuously. As it is declared that there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula,…