The further deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile battery should be suspended pending an environmental impact assessment that could take more than a year, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said Wednesday.China punished South Korea economically after the prior administration approved THAAD deployment.
Concerns about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system are a key issue threatening to put the new South Korean administration at odds with its longstanding U.S. ally.
10% of South Korea's economy is exports to China. And growing. The U.S. is about half of that.
South Korea isn't going to be an American ally in the long-term. It will fall into China's orbit. The question is how much blood and treasure will the U.S. waste to delay the inevitable.