South Korean Military to Deploy Anti-Missile Unit to Golf Course

Wednesday October 5th, 2016
South Korean activists protest the military's plans to deploy missile defense units to their town.
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A South Korean golf course could soon have more than bunkers guarding its greens.

According to Reuters, South Korea's military plans to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense unit at Lotte Skyhill Seongju Country Club, a sign of rising tension throughout the Korean peninsula following North Korea's claims of a successful fifth nuclear test in September.

The military had originally planned to deploy the unit to a town outsideĀ of Seoul, but protests erupted over safety concerns should the units become a target if the conflict escalates, prompting the military to reevaluate its plans for the equipment.

Kim Byung-wook, an official at the club, told Reuters that the military informed the club of its plans to install a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system at the course last Thursday.

"We will positively consider the deployment of THAAD at the golf course considering the grave situation regarding national security," he said.

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