S. Korea premier pelted with eggs, bottles over missile site

S. Korea premier pelted with eggs, bottles over missile site

On the following morning the South Korean government refuted the North's statement, calling it "aimed at dividing the South Korean public".

Hwang was in Seongju to try and appease residents who are furious over the joint Seoul-Washington decision to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad, in their town by the end of next year as a deterrent to repeated sabre-rattling by North Korea.

Last Friday, Seoul and Washington officially announced the decision to deploy U.S. interceptors to South Korean soil as part of defense measures to defend the military forces of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and protect the safety of South Korea and its people from the DPRK's nuclear threats and ballistic missiles.

South Korean protesters egged Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as he was apologizing to the people of Seongju County for not asking them if they wanted American antimissiles to be deployed.

"We apologise for not giving you prior notice", the prime minister said before a crowd of some 3,000 protestors who gathered at the Seongju county government office on Friday.

Protests began three days ago in Seongju, located about 135 miles southeast of Seoul, where residents say the THAAD deployment will ruin the town's economic mainstay, melon farming, and cause health and environmental hazards. Top officials worry that allowing a foreign company to use mapping data could stoke further tensions with North Korea.

"All of the subsequent damage would be on South Korea".

The confession came during a news conference in the North's capital, Pyongyang.

The National Intelligence Service, South Korea's main spy agency, said it has no relations with Ko's case.

The decision made by the two allies triggered strong objections from China that claimed the powerful X-band radar, used by THAAD, could spy on its military activities.

He crossed the river from China into North Korea with his inflatable boat - which he planned to use to ferry back the girls - just after midnight on May 27, but was arrested hours later.

The DPRK on Monday vowed to take physical countermeasures against the THAAD deployment in South Korea, threatening "merciless retaliatory strikes to reduce South Korea to a sea of flames".

The Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Unification issued separate statements warning Seoul will not tolerate continued verbal attacks and other provocative acts by the North. The peninsula is divided by the world's most militarized border since the 1950-53 war ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty. The U.S. keeps about 28,500 servicemembers in the South.

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