Visits may be related to hastening THAAD deployment amid domestic and international controversyPosted on : Aug.17,2016 17:59 KSTModified on : Aug.17,2016 17:59 KST
High-ranking US military figures have been lining up to visit South Korea since the decision was made to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the peninsula. The visits may amount to an attempt to hasten the US Forces Korea deployment amid a heated controversy in South Korea and overseas.
On Aug. 10 and 11, Pentagon Missile Defense Agency director James Syring, who oversees US missile defense strategy, visited South Korea to meet with senior Joint Chiefs of Staff officials and USFK Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks. On Aug. 9 and 10, US Army Pacific Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Brown toured a number of USFK units, including the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. This is an unusually large number of visits by high-ranking US military figures over a short time.