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Joint Statement between the United States and the Republic of Korea

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

June 30, 2017

President Donald J. Trump hosted President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) at the White House on June 29 and 30 in order to advance the comprehensive strategic Alliance between the United States and the ROK and to deepen the two countries’ friendship. Since its founding, the Alliance has served as a linchpin for security, stability, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in the Asia Pacific region, and increasingly around the world. As we mark the 67th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, the commitment of the United States to the ROK’s defense remains ironclad. President Trump reaffirmed that the United States will defend the ROK against any attack and both presidents remain committed to jointly addressing the threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Built on mutual trust and shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, the United States-ROK partnership has never been stronger, and the two leaders pledged to build an even greater Alliance going forward.

Strengthening the United States-ROK Alliance

The two leaders affirmed the Alliance’s fundamental mission to defend the ROK through a robust combined defense posture and the enhancement of mutual security based on the United States-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty. President Trump reiterated the United States commitment to provide extended deterrence to the ROK, drawing on the full range of United States military capabilities, both conventional and nuclear. Regular dialogue channels, such as the Security Consultative Meeting and the Military Committee Meeting, are instrumental in deepening our Alliance.The two leaders decided to continue the Alliance’s work to expeditiously enable the conditions-based transfer of wartime operational control of ROK forces. The ROK will continue to acquire the critical military capabilities necessary to lead the combined defense, and detect, disrupt, destroy, and defend against the DPRK’s nuclear and missile threats, including through interoperable Kill-Chain, Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD), and other Alliance systems.

The two leaders reaffirmed the Alliance’s commitment to counter the growing threat to peace and security posed by the DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. To increase coordination on Alliance issues, the leaders committed the foreign affairs and defense agencies of the two countries to regularize a “2+2” ministerial meeting, as well as a high-level Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group to employ all elements of national power to strengthen extended deterrence.

Maintaining Lock-Step Coordination on our Policy regarding the DPRK

President Trump and President Moon pledged to continue to coordinate closely to achieve our shared goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner. The two leaders called on the DPRK to refrain from provocative, destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its international obligations and commitments. The two leaders affirmed that the DPRK’s nuclear tests and unprecedented number of ballistic missile tests constitute direct violations of multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) and highlight the accelerating threat the DPRK’s missile programs pose to international peace and security. They affirmed their commitment to fully implement existing sanctions and impose new measures designed to apply maximum pressure on the DPRK and compel Pyongyang to cease its provocative actions and return to sincere and constructive talks. The two leaders also urged all UN member states to swiftly and fully implement UNSCR obligations and took note, with appreciation, of constructive actions by some countries around the world to exert diplomatic and economic pressure on the DPRK to return to credible negotiations on denuclearization. They noted the important role China could play to this end.In addition, the two sides committed to enhance cooperation to combat the DPRK’s dangerous and destabilizing malicious cyber activity.

Noting that sanctions are a tool of diplomacy, the two leaders emphasized that the door to dialogue with the DPRK remains open under the right circumstances. In reaffirming that resolution of the nuclear issue is a top priority for both countries, the two leaders emphasized that the United States and the ROK do not maintain a hostile policy toward the DPRK and, together with the rest of the international community, stand ready to offer a brighter future for the DPRK, if it chooses the right path. The two sides will closely coordinate on a joint the DPRK policy, including efforts to create conditions necessary for denuclearization talks, through a high-level strategic consultation mechanism.

President Trump supported the ROK’s leading role in fostering an environment for peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula.

The two leaders expressed deep concern about the well-being of the DPRK’s people, particularly in light of the egregious human rights violations and abuses committed against them by the government, and noted their intention to ensure sanctions have minimal impact on the DPRK’s vulnerable populations. President Trump expressed support for President Moon’s aspiration to restart inter-Korean dialogue on issues, including humanitarian affairs. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of cooperating with the international community to hold the DPRK accountable for substantial progress on the deplorable human rights situation in that country.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to promote regional relations and enhance United States-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation. The two leaders affirmed that trilateral security and defense cooperation contributes to enhanced deterrence and defense against the DPRK threat. They decided to further develop this cooperation, using established bilateral and trilateral mechanisms. They also underscored the importance of leveraging the United States-ROK-Japan trilateral relationship to address global challenges such as cancer research, energy security, women’s empowerment, and cybersecurity. President Trump and President Moon decided to discuss further ways to enhance trilateral cooperation together with Prime Minister Abe of Japan at the upcoming United States-ROK-Japan Trilateral Summit on the margins of the G20 in July.

Advancing Fair Trade to Promote Economic Growth

President Trump and President Moon committed to foster expanded and balanced trade while creating reciprocal benefits and fair treatment between the two countries. In that regard, the two sides further committed to fostering a truly fair and level playing field, including working together to reduce the global overcapacity of such basic materials as steel and non-tariff barriers to trade.

Both sides pledged to work together, as part of the process of the Commercial Dialogue, to promote investment, support entrepreneurs, and facilitate cooperation between the United States and the ROK to boost economic growth and job creation in both countries.

Enhancing Bilateral Cooperation on Other Economic Opportunities

Both sides also committed to work together through the Senior Economic Dialogue to promote and expand cooperation on other economic issues and to explore the enhancement of economic opportunities through a joint public-private forum. Given the roles of science, technology, and innovation in driving economic growth, the two countries will enhance cooperation in cybersecurity, information and communication technology, and civil space technology. Highlighting the important economic role women play in their societies, the two sides pledged to launch a bilateral partnership to advance women’s economic empowerment.

Actively Collaborating as Global Partners

President Trump and President Moon affirmed that United States-ROK cooperation on global issues is an indispensable and expanding aspect of the Alliance. With respect to global health security collaboration, the two leaders affirmed their support in helping partner countries prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. The two leaders condemned the grave human suffering and violence in Iraq and Syria caused by ISIS, and reaffirmed the strong United States-ROK partnership in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. President Trump welcomed the ROK’s commitment to increase humanitarian assistance to countries most affected by terrorism and violent extremism, including its pledge to provide 10 million United States dollars for Iraq this year. The two sides underscored the importance of joint efforts by the international community, including the United States and the ROK, to rebuild peace and stability in Afghanistan, and pledged to continue to work together to support the Afghan people and government.

Future of the Alliance

The two leaders shared the view that strong and dynamic ties between our two countries are the foundation of the United States-ROK Alliance. They decided to advance future-oriented cooperation through high-level consultations in the areas of economy and trade, renewable and nuclear energy, science and technology, space, environment, health, and defense technology. President Trump and President Moon affirmed that the United States and the ROK will work together to support and uphold the rules-based order in the Asia-Pacific region. The two leaders affirmed that the strength of the United States-ROK Alliance serves as testament to the power of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and acknowledged that the future of the two countries is linked through people-to-people ties, with more than 1.7 million Korean Americans in the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans visiting and working in the ROK each year, and close ties created through cultural programs and student and professional exchanges. President Trump and President Moon heralded the exemplary nature of the United States-ROK Alliance, from strengthening our security by deterring and defending against the DPRK threat, enhancing strong regional relations, and advancing our economic relationship and expanding our global partnership. Both leaders expressed their expectation that the friendship and partnership between the two countries will continue to strengthen and grow for many decades to come.

President Moon invited President Trump to visit the ROK in 2017; President Trump gladly accepted the invitation. The two leaders will continue to discuss issues of mutual interests on various occasions, including during international multilateral conferences.


According to Arirang News Dated June 30th, 2017

Throughout the day, President Moon continued to emphasize the significance of the alliance between Korea and the U.S.

He even clarified that his policies toward North Korea are in sync with that of President Trump.

Arirang News, Hwang Hojun reports.

President Moon Jae-in and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held a wreath dedication ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on Friday, paying their respects to the troops who lost their lives while taking the quote "NOBLE STEPS FOR FREEDOM."

Around 80 surviving Korean War veterans also joined the ceremony.

Later in the day, President Moon visited the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank focused on political, economic, and security issues around the world.

It was his final evening schedule during his four-day trip to Washington D.C.

At least 150 former high-ranking officials, scholars, and opinion leaders joined the event.

President Moon took the opportunity to reiterate the importance of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.

He said the partnership should be used to deter the current threats and dangers posed by Pyongyang.

However, President Moon also emphasized that both he and President Trump agree dialogue with North Korea should not be taken off the table.

"President Trump and I will not pursue hostile policies against North Korea.

We do not intend to attack Pyongyang.

We do not want to replace or make the regime collapse, nor do we plan to accelerate the reunification of the two Koreas artificially."

President Moon asserted denuclearization is the only way for North Korea to guarantee its survival and that decision lies with North Korea itself.

Regarding the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD on the Korean Peninsula, President Moon once again clarified his stance.

The South Korean leader said he respects the decision made between the two countries,... but stressed Seoul's effort to observe the due process of law would also be beneficial for the growth of the ironclad alliance.


Meanwhile, President Trump sends a strong final warning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.


Remarks by President Trump, President Moon, Commerce Secretary Ross, and NEC Director Cohn in Bilateral Meeting

Cabinet Room

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2017

10:50 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, thank you very much.  We have many of our great members, our Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense.  We have several of our really wonderful leaders here.  And you have your leaders with you and your representatives.

And we're going to be discussing two things mostly, and number one would be North Korea, and we pretty much discussed that last night at length.  I think we have a very, very strong, solid plan.  And number two is going to be, of course, trade -- because the trade deal is up, and we want to make a deal that's fair for the United States and fair for South Korea.  So we’ll start doing that.

Gary Cohn is here.  Wilbur Ross is here.  And I think that's a very important thing.  And, Wilbur, perhaps you’d like to say a few things about trade right now, and we can probably leave the media -- because trade is very important -- for a little while.  But perhaps you’d say a few words about trade and what we're looking to do.

SECRETARY ROSS:  Yes, sir.  The trade imbalance with South Korea has doubled since the KORUS treaty was put into effect, and the largest single component of that is automotive trade.  That's an absolute majority of it.  So there are a lot of non-tariff trade barriers to U.S. exports.  Only 25,000 cars per Big Three manufacturer are allowed in based on U.S. standards.  Anything above that needs to be on Korean standards.

So that kind of rulemaking affects quite a few industries and really restricts the access that U.S. companies have to the Korean market.  

We have a separate problem with oilfield tubular goods and other steel products.  There is no domestic market for oilfield tubular goods in Korea.  So everything they make is for export, and we had recent trade cases demonstrating that a lot of that is dumped Chinese steel coming as hot-rolled coil and then coming back to the U.S. as oilfield tubular goods.  

So there are a lot of very specific problems, and I think the way to address it is to deal product by product with what we can do to change the export side and what we can do to reduce the bad import side.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  All right, thank you very much.  You can stay for this also.  Perhaps Gary Cohn could say a few words also about trade.

MR. COHN:  Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  As you know, much of our biggest problem on trade has to do with our economic relationship with China, and we have maintained a very large trade deficit with China, and it continues to grow.

As Wilbur said, China has many predatory practices in the way they deal with us, with intellectual property and trade barriers for us.  We're forced to transfer technology into China, forced to have joint ventures in China.  We have tariffs and nontariff barriers; unable to own companies in China, as well.  And we're dealing with all of their policies.  

At some point we’d be interested to hear how you're dealing with the Chinese policies and how you can help us in dealing with Chinese policies.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  The fact is that the United States has trade deficits with many, many countries, and we cannot allow that to continue.  And we’ll start with South Korea right now.  But we cannot allow that to continue.  This is really a statement that I make about all trade.  For many, many years, the United States has suffered through massive trade deficits.  That's why we have $20 trillion in debt.  So we’ll be changing that.

The good news is we're making great products.  And I appreciate very much they're giving -- South Korea is giving very, very big orders to the United States for -- as you know, for military.  They're buying many F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed, and they're buying other military equipment at a level that they've never reached before.  So that's good.

Also, I understand you're dealing with Alaska -- great state -- on natural gas, and other parts of the United States.  We have a lot of natural gas, so we love that you're going to do that.

And things like that will bring down the trade deficit substantially.  That's what we like, and we appreciate it very much.

Mr. President, would you like to say something before the media leaves?

PRESIDENT MOON:  (Speaks Korean.  No translation provided.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, we can do that.  And I’m sure that everybody understood that answer.  (Laughter.)  I hope.  But it was a very good answer.  

Thank you all very much.


10:56 A.M. EDT

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Sources and Ref: White House, Yahoo, ,Wikipedia, Arirang News, , AP, Reuters , World News, Sandra Englund,Jun 30th, 2017  Rev.  July 3rd, 2017



Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

June 30, 2017

10:21 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I want to thank the President of South Korea, President Moon, for being here.  We had a great afternoon yesterday.  We had fantastic dinner at the White House -- accomplished a lot, having to do with our thoughts on North Korea and, very much, our thoughts on trade.  

We are renegotiating a trade deal right now as we speak with South Korea, and hopefully it will be an equitable deal -- it will be a fair deal to both parties.  It’s been a rough deal for the United States, but I think that it will be much different and it will be good for both parties.  So we’re in the process of doing that. 

We’re also in the process of discussing our, frankly, many options -- and we have many options -- with respect to North Korea.

Thank you very much.  President.  

The President will speak.  

PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  I would like to thank President Trump once again for inviting me to the White House and for his warm welcome.  When I won the election last month, President Trump was the first among all foreign leaders to call me to congratulate me.  I believe that was to reconfirm the strength of the Korea-U.S. alliance and also President Trump’s warm message to the Korean people who had been suffering through political turmoil.  

Last night, at the dinner with President Trump, we discussed various issues through a diverse scope and very honest discussions on issues to include the North Korean nuclear issue and other issues of mutual interest.  It was a great opportunity for us to further the trust and friendship between me and President Trump.  It was also an opportunity for us to reconfirm the fact that the United States and Korea are walking together on the same path towards a great alliance.  

So I hope that through this summit meeting today, I hope that our relationship can further develop into a more meaningful and fruitful relationship.

Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  What many people don’t know is that South Korea is a major trading partner with the United States and we want something that’s going to be good for the American worker.  And I think we’ll be able to do that today, and I think we’ll be able to do many other things.  So the relationship is very, very strong, and our personal relationship with President Moon -- our personal relationship is very, very good.

Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  



Remarks by the President  Trump at a Dinner with
South Korean President Moon Jae-in
State Dining Room

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2017

6:22 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: President Moon, thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have you at the White House and your very beautiful and lovely wife. We appreciate it.

And we're going to have tremendous discussions tonight. I know you've been discussing with our people some of the complexities of North Korea and trade and other things, and we’ll be discussing them all as we progress -- and it could be very well late into the evening.

We very much respect you and we very much respect the people of South Korea.

I’d like to also congratulate you upon your election victory. It was a great victory, and you did a fantastic job. A lot of people didn't expect that, and I did expect it. I thought that was going to happen. So I want to congratulate you very much.

And thank you also, thank you for coming.


6:23 P.M. EDT


The President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in is in Washington. He's on his first official working visit to the United States, and besides meeting wth business leaders here, President Trump and the first lady Melania Trump Welcomed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the White House on June 29th, 2017.

According to Arirang News, Prior to his first meeting with President Trump at the White House, the South Korean leader met with several of the most senior U.S. lawmakers and senators.

He once again clarified his views on North Korea and the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system.

Arirang News reporter, Hwang Hojun reported from Washington that

President Moon held back-to-back meetings on Thursday with the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

President Moon's first meeting was with the delegates of the House of Representatives, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and the floor leaders of the Republican and Democratic Parties.

House Speaker Ryan welcomed President Moon and said the Seoul-Washington relationship remains strong and he looks forward to continuing dialogue to reinforce the alliance.

The leaders of the House peppered President Moon with questions, especially regarding North Korea and the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD to the Korean peninsula.

President Moon said the U.S. should discard any doubt on his administration trying to withdraw from the agreement to deploy THAAD, adding that the environmental impact assessment is purely for the sake of due process.

President Moon also met with the leaders of the U.S. Senate, including majority leader Senator Mitch McConnell and heads of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Armed Service Committee, Senator Bob Corker and John McCain, respectively.

President Moon told the senators that he hopes his visit will be an opportunity for the alliance to become greater and to ensure everlasting peace on the Korean peninsula.

Getting the nod from the lawmakers, President Moon will also likely discuss such issues during his first official bilateral summit with President Trump on Friday morning Eastern Time. that summit is where all eyes will be focused, with separate statements set to be read by each President, on their evaluation of the meeting.


On May 10th, 2017, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to congratulate him and the Korean people on his great election victory and their peaceful, democratic transition of power. President Trump and President Moon agreed to continue to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and to deepen the enduring friendship between our two countries. President Trump said he looks forward to working with President Moon and invited him to visit Washington at an early date. President Moon accepted the invitation.


President Moon embarks on four-day- trip to Washington D.C



Arirang News reported that After a roughly 14-hour-flight, President Moon will arrive on Wednesday afternoon Eastern Time, and start his four-day itinerary by laying a wreath at the Changjin Reservoir Battle Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, honoring those who died in one of the Korean War's fiercest battles.

It's likely to be a personal event for President Moon since the battle enabled the safe evacuation of tens of thousands of civilians from Hungnam, North Korea.

President Moon's parents were among those who were saved.

On Wednesday evening, President Moon will attend a dinner co-hosted by the South Korean and U.S. chambers of commerce, a symbolic event to display the importance of economic cooperation between the two countries.

The following day, President Moon will have separate meetings with the leaders of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, and in the evening, along with his wife, First Lady Kim Jung-sook, he will attend a dinner hosted by the first couple of the U.S. at the White House,... just the second White House dinner President Trump and his wife Melania have held so far.

On Friday, President Moon will be visiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and then the historical bilateral summit between the two leaders will begin.

It will be followed by a joint press conference where both Presidents Moon and Trump will read their own statements on their evaluation of the meeting.

Following the briefing will be lunch with Vice President Pence, and then President Moon will visit the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank concerning political, economic, and security issues around the world, to deliver a speech.

And finally, on Saturday, President Moon will head back to South Korea after holding a meeting with local Korean Americans.

He's expected to arrive in Seoul on Sunday, Korea time.

President Moon previously said he won't get too caught up in bringing home results, but rather focus on establishing a foundation of friendship and mutual trust with President Trump.

Speaking of Thaad, On 17 October 2013, the South Korean military asked the Pentagon to provide information on the THAAD system concerning prices and capabilities as part of efforts to strengthen defenses against North Korean ballistic missiles.

 However, South Korea decided it will develop its own indigenous long-range surface-to-air missile instead of buying the THAAD.

South Korean Defense Ministry officials previously requested information on the THAAD, as well as other missile interceptors like the Israeli Arrow 3, with the intention of researching systems for domestic technology development rather than for purchase. Officials did however state that American deployment of the THAAD system would help in countering North Korean missile threats.

Later South Korea announced it would be deploying THAAD by the end of 2017.

In May 2014, the Pentagon revealed it was studying sites to base THAAD batteries in South Korea.

In November 2015, Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said he would consider the U.S. deploying the THAAD in Japan to counter the threat of North Korean ballistic missiles.

In February 2016, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed concerns that deployment of THAAD in South Korea, despite being directed at North Korea, could jeopardize China's "legitimate national security interests."

The major controversy among Chinese officials is that they believe the purpose of the THAAD system, "which detects and intercepts incoming missiles at high altitudes, is actually to track missiles launched from China" not from North Korea.

Chinese nuclear experts report that China is focused on the positioning of another THAAD radar system, this one on the Korean peninsula, for gleaning details about China's nuclear weapons delivery systems, such as THAAD's ability to distinguish which missiles might be carrying decoy warheads.

In July 2016, American and South Korean military officials agreed to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in the country to counter North Korea's growing threats and use of ballistic missile and nuclear tests; each THAAD unit consists of six truck-mounted launchers, 48 interceptors, a fire control and communications unit, and an AN/TPY-2 radar.

Seongju County in North Gyeongsang Province was chosen as the site to base the THAAD, partly because it is out of range of North Korean rocket artillery along the DMZ, which sparked protests from Seongju County residents from fear of the radiation emitted by the AN/TPY-2 radar.

On 30 September 2016, the U.S. and South Korea announced that THAAD would be relocated to Lotte Skyhill Seongju Country Club, farther from the town's main residential areas and higher in elevation, to alleviate concerns.

 By October 2016, Japan was considering procuring either THAAD or Aegis Ashore to add a new missile defense layer.

On 6 March 2017, two THAAD launcher trucks arrived by air transport at Osan Air Base South Korea, for a deployment.

Earlier that day, North Korea had launched 4 missiles.

A Reuters article stated that with the THAAD defense system, a North Korean missile barrage would still pose a threat to South Korea, while an article in the International Journal of Space Politics & Policy said that South Korean forces already possess Patriot systems for point defense and Aegis destroyers capable of stopping ballistic missiles that may come from the north, in a three-layer antimissile defense for South Korea.

On 16 March 2017, a THAAD radar arrived in South Korea.

The THAAD system is kept at Osan Air Base until the site where the system is due to be deployed is prepared, with an expected ready date of June 2017.

 Osan Air Base has blast-hardened command posts, with 3 levels of blast doors.:minute 0:45

By 25 April 2017, six trailers carrying the THAAD radar, interceptor launchers, communications, and support equipment entered the Seongju site.

On 30 April 2017, it was reported that South Korea would bear the cost of the land and facilities for THAAD, while the US will pay for operating it.

On 2 May 2017, Moon Sang-gyun, with the South Korean Defense Ministry and Col. Robert Manning III, a spokesman for the U.S. military announced that the THAAD system in Seongju is operational and "has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend South Korea."

It was reported that the system will not reach its full operational potential until later this year when additional elements of the system are onsite.

In June 2017 South Korea decided to halt further deployment.

The 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (United States) has integrated THAAD into its layered defense on the Korean Peninsula.

Since 2005, THAAD had mostly success for intercepting enemy attack.

THAAD, Sometimes called Kinetic Kill technology, the THAAD missile destroys missiles by colliding with them, using hit-to-kill technology, like the MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3 (although the PAC-3 also contains a small explosive warhead). This is unlike the Patriot PAC-2 which carried only an explosive warhead detonated using a proximity fuse. Although the actual figures are classified, THAAD missiles have an estimated range of 125 miles (200 km), and can reach an altitude of 93 miles (150 km). A THAAD battery consists of at least six  launcher vehicles, each equipped with eight missiles, with two mobile tactical operations centers (TOCs) and the AN/TPY-2 ground-based radar (GBR);  the U.S. Army plans to field at least six THAAD batteries,  at a purchase cost of $800 million per battery.

The THAAD missile is manufactured at a Lockheed Martin facility near Troy, Alabama. The facility performs final integration, assembly and testing of the THAAD missile. The THAAD Radar is an X Band active electronically scanned array Radar developed and built by Raytheon at its Andover, Massachusetts Integrated Air Defense Facility. The THAAD radar and a variant developed as a forward sensor for ICBM missile defense, the Forward-Based X-Band – Transportable (FBX-T) radar, were assigned a common designator, AN/TPY-2,  in late 2006/ early 2007. The THAAD radar can interoperate with Aegis and Patriot systems, in a 3-layer antimissile defense.

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Sources and Ref: White House, Yahoo, ,Wikipedia, Arirang News, CNN, AP, Reuters, Sandra Englund, June 29,  2017, Rev. June 30th, 2017

PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump
Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit
of President Moon of the Republic of Korea

For Immediate Release

June 13, 2017

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to the White House June 29-30, 2017. President Trump and President Moon will discuss ways to further strengthen the ironclad U.S.-ROK alliance, advance cooperation on economic and global issues, and deepen the friendship between the countries. The leaders will also coordinate on North Korea-related issues, including countering the growing North.

According to USA News, dated May 16, 2017
NSEOUL, South Korea - New South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House next month for a summit with President Donald Trump amid worries over North Korea’s progress in building a nuclear and missile arsenal, Seoul’s presidential office said Tuesday.

The agreement for the leaders to meet in late June followed a meeting in Seoul between Chung Eui-yong, Moon’s foreign policy adviser, and Matt Pottinger, U.S. National Security Council director for East Asia, said Moon’s spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

The announcement came days after North Korea successfully tested a powerful new missile that analysts believe could reach Alaska when perfected.

Yoon said. “We will prepare the summit meeting so it could serve as an opportunity for both leaders to develop their personal bond and friendship.”

Liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in favors a softer approach to North Korea than his conservative predecessors and has offered to visit Pyongyang if the circumstances are right.

But Washington is Seoul’s closest ally and military protector, and the North’s rising nuclear and missile tests make close coordination crucial.

Wocht, and AP: dated June 20th, 2017, News: South Korea President Moon Jae-in stated that North Korea must bear heavy responsibility for the death of a 22 year old U.S. college student. His parents said they learned only a week earlier that their son had Been in a coma since he was last seen in public in March 2016.

According to Yonhap news Agency, SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday Seoul is willing to hold talks with North Korea if it stops further nuclear and missile provocations.

The North has carried out five missile tests since the Moon Jae-in administration came into office on May 10.

"North Korea's nuclear and missile development has become a serious concern that threatens peace and stability in the region and the international community," Moon told the annual ceremony marking the first-ever inter-Korean summit, according to a script of his speech released by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

"I use this opportunity to once again urge the North. North Korea must give up its nuclear development and find ways to work with the international community.

"North Korea's decision to give up nuclear weapons will be a symbol showing its determination to implement what has been agreed between the South and the North," he added.

He also offered to help improve the North's relations with the United States.

"I urge North Korea to act. I am willing to put our knees and heads together and discuss how we will implement the existing agreements between the South and the North," the president said:

Arirang News, YONGSAN, Republic of Korea -- Commander of the Combined Forces Command Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and Deputy Commander, Gen. Leem Ho-young meet with newly elected Republic of Korea President Moon, Jae-in’s first official visit at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Republic of Korea, June 13, 2017.Meeting with General Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea President Moon Jae-In stated during his first visit to Yongsan, U.S. Base, that "We need to further strengthen the South Korea-U.S. alliance and maintain our defense posture.

According to Reuters, Pyongyang has regularly threatened to destroy the United States, which it accuses of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war by conducting recent military drills with South Korea and Japan.

President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Washington this month, with North Korea expected to be high on the agenda, the South's presidential Blue House said.

President Moon met Matt Pottinger, overseeing Asian affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, on Tuesday and said he hoped to continue to have "sufficient, close discussions" between Seoul and Washington, the Blue House press secretary told a briefing.

For Thaad, China and North Korea strongly against THAAD,

Saving life and lives are the most important, therefore, U.S has been very carefully think and have chosen the best arms to taking care of South Korea. South Korea Militaries understand and they appreciate U.S. Support.

South Korea should know USA has been support so many years for 3rd world countries even 6.25 1953 Korean war supported by UN and USA. Now South Korea is in the high economic and should consider cooperate what it's requiring. If North Korea uses Nuclear weapon or ICBM, that is why the THAAD has been chosen to protet South Korea. China is not even effecting anythin it is all in the appropriate range, USA is intelligent enough to seriously choose for within the range although the nations should prevented before North Korea becomeing hobby for their Nuclear weapon making which is very critical situation.

THAAD anti-ballistic missile system would be able to shut down any ballistic missile and InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from China or North Korea up to 150 km in altitude within 200 km radius, when operating in forward-base mode. The missile carries no warhead but relies on the kinetic energy of the impact to destroy the incoming missile. It weights 900kg and can travel at a Mach 8.24, or 2.8 km/s. The fastest ICBM can travel up to Mach 23.

THAAD is a unique missile-defense system with unmatched precision, capable of countering threats around the world with its mobility and strategic battery-unit placement. It has a track record of 100% success rate. Its powerful Raytheon AN/TPU-2 radar is used to detect, track, and discriminate ballistic missile in the terminal phase of flight. Once an enemy target is identified, THAAD's Fire Control and Communications (TFCC) support team kicks in. If there is a decision to engage the incoming missile, the launcher fires an interceptor from truck-mounted launcher to destroy the incoming missiles.

DPRK Critical Denuclearization

Sources and Ref: White House, Yahoo, ,Wikipedia, Arirang News,

Reuters, Yonhap News,, Sandra Englund, June 27, 2017

PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump
Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea
Congratulating for His Victory
May 10, 2017

PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump
Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea
Congratulating for His Victory
May 10, 2017

Remarks by President Trump

East Room

For Immediate Release

May 10th, 2017

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to congratulate him and the Korean people on his great election victory and their peaceful, democratic transition of power.

President Trump and President Moon agreed to continue to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and to deepen the enduring friendship between our two countries. President Trump said he looks forward to working with President Moon and invited him to visit Washington at an early date. President Moon accepted the invitation.

Meanwhile, According to Arirang News dated May 11th, 2017,

Prior to his talks with the leaders of China and Japan, President Moon Jae-in spoke with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump.

During those talks, President Trump suggested holding summit talks at the White House as soon as possible. With preparations already underway, attention focuses on what they will talk about as there is plenty to cover.

According to Arirang News, Connie Kim, The leaders of South Korea and the United States agreed on holding a bilateral summit as U.S. President Donald Trump called to congratulate South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his victory in Tuesday's election.

It's a much anticipated meeting as there are pending issues of great importance for both sides, especially on the security front due to North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions. "I think there should be a more close coordination with President Trump first very quickly because his North Korea policy is already undergoing some important processes.

In order to have an important influence on the U.S. policy on North Korea there should be close coordination and dialogue with President Trump as soon as possible." President Moon, a liberal reformer, has advocated dialogue with North Korea and engagement with the regime, particularly on the economic front as the best method to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

Washington on the other hand is focused on maximizing pressure on Pyongyang while keeping the door open for credible talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Another issue that needs ironing out is the THAAD deployment issue.

While the THAAD system became operational last week, ROK President Moon during his campaign said he would review the deployment of the controversial missile defense system.

On top of that, President Trump raised concerns over the cost of THAAD, as he was quoted saying that Seoul should pay a staggering one billion U.S. dollars for the system, Arirang News stated that a cost South Korea is not responsible for. Officials from South Korea's foreign ministry reportedly said they will soon start arranging a team of envoys to fly to Washington to discuss the details of the bilateral summit.

Arirang News also reported that President. Moon vows to do everything to build peace on Korean peninsula.

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DPRK Critical Denuclearization

Sources and Ref: White House, Yahoo, AP,Fox News,Wikipedia, Daily News, Aljazeera, WSJ Live, Arirang News, Defense Update, Youtube, Real Thing TV, Sandra Englund, February 11th, 2017

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