South Korea on Friday formally announced a new location for deploying a North Korea-focused USA anti-missile defence system, after vocal protests from local residents over potential health and environmental hazards.
The chosen golf course is still close to Seongju but is almost 700 meters above sea level and further from residents.
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) rockets will be stationed at the Skyhill Country Club in a bid to warn off Kim.
But Seongju residents fiercely protested against the plan, raising fears over potential health hazards they believe the system's powerful radar might cause.
"The government is determined to finish the THAAD installation within the next year without fail to better protect the security of the country and life of its people from the evolving nuclear and missile threats from North Korea", the ministry said in a statement.
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However, residents of Gimcheon city, which borders the course, are angry at the move which had been the subject of media speculation for weeks.
In the last few years, between 1,000 to 3,000 North Koreans, including soldiers, have crossed over to the South but mostly through North Korea's northern border with China. The defense ministry said on Friday it changed the location originally planned nearby Seongju village due to strong protest from the villagers and notified the decision to the governor of Seongju County.
South Korea on Friday announced a new site for a USA missile shield in the country amid strong opposition from locals and its neighbors, just days after Washington announced to speed up the deployment set by the end of the year.
The United States and South Korea are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a "counter attack", China's top newspaper said. In particular, the bans on coal exports and overseas workers are opposed not only by North Korea but also by the Chinese government, which sees them as a possible blow to its own public's livelihoods.
However, the US South Korea have insist that Thaad does not target any country other than North Korea. "We strongly urge the US and South Korea to acknowledge the legitimate concerns of countries including China, and stop the process of deployment", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang. When North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, it took two months for the UNSC to cobble together a unanimous resolution that included tough sanctions but left major loopholes because of China's opposition.