As the U.S. Forces in Korea has installed the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province, mobile launchers and x-band radar will be soon operational on an experiment basis. Earlier on March 6, the U.S. Forces had moved two THAAD launchers to Osan Air Base from Fort Bliss in West Taxas.
Afterward, they brought in additional equipment pieces to Korea and later to Waegwan near Seongju. The U.S. Forces picked midnight hours to install the system in Seongju Country Club to minimize resistance from the residents.
A Korean Ministry of Defense official said, "Once the launchers, tactical operation center, and radar are linked, the whole system would be operational. If North Korea provokes us with a missile, we will be able to defend us with the state-of-the-art system."
The main reason the U.S. and Korean military authorities rushed to deploy the system without waiting for the presidential election is, according to political commentators, to avoid the risk of seeing a new president who is against it. In other words, the authorities wanted to make it a fait accompli so that no one, whoever becomes president, can advocate reviewing the THAAD plan from the beginning.