April 20 (UPI) — South Korea has delivered up the land where the U.S. missile defense system THAAD is to be deployed on a golf course that belongs to the conglomerate Lotte.
Seoul’s defense ministry said Thursday the “government today granted about 300,000 square meters of land, in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province, to U.S. Forces Korea,” local news service MoneyToday reported.
The announcement comes at a time when China remains uneasy about THAAD deployment and Beijing’s military is reportedly building a new missile defense unit against THAAD.
China has been vocal about its opposition to THAAD and has claimed the system’s powerful X-Band radar could be used to monitor its military.
A joint U.S.-South Korea task force has completed details of the transfer, according to Seoul’s foreign ministry, and Seoul’s military is to conduct another round of environmental assessments.
The inspection will take about 30 days, local newspaper Korea Times reported.
Most of the equipment …