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Lee Hae-chan
President Moon said he hopes I'd also pass on his gratitude to you for your message of congratulation and the telephone call after he was elected.feedback
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May 19 2017
THAAD has been commented on by 68 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about THAAD are: Geng Shuang, Harry Harris, Jeffrey Lewis and Jeff Davis. For instance, the most recent quote from Geng Shuang is: “The deployment of THAAD in South Korea will destroy the strategic balance in the region and bring about a further increase in tensions. The Chinese side strongly urges the US and South Korea to cancel the deployment and withdraw the equipment.”.
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Donald J. Trump

It's unacceptable. It's a horrible deal made by Hillary. It's a horrible deal. And we're going to renegotiate that deal, or terminate it. It's a great deal for South Korea. It's a terrible deal for us. The THAAD system, it's about a billion dollars. I said, Why are we paying? Why are we paying a billion dollars? We're protecting. Why are we paying a billion dollars? So I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid.feedback

Daniel Pinkston - The International Crisis Group

This almost certainly will become another self-inflicted wound for the alliance and for U.S. foreign policy.feedback

Theodore Postol

The THAAD interceptor is very easily defeated by either causing a missile to tumble end over end, or by intentionally fragmenting a rocket into pieces. This makes it possible for the THAAD radar to quickly acquire ICBMs launched from China well before the ICBMs rise over the horizon where they could be then seen by U.S. national missile defense radars.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult. I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he's rational. My problem is that I have established a very good personal relationship with President Xi. I really feel that he is doing everything in his power to help us with a big situation. So I wouldn't want to be causing difficulty right now for him.feedback

Kim Ki-jung

Even if we purchase THAAD, its main operation would be in the hands of the United States. So purchasing it would be an impossible option. That was our topic when we were considering the options.feedback

Chung Eui-yong

This is a new dimension. Our position has been that we should review THAAD even if we are not paying for it, but his comments on the cost have changed the fundamental aspect of this issue. We will have to choose what is best for our national interests.feedback

Theodore Postol

This makes it possible for the THAAD radar to quickly acquire ICBMs launched from China well before the ICBMs rise over the horizon where they could be then seen by U.S. National Missile Defence radars.feedback

Harry Harris

The ROK-US alliance decided last July to deploy THAAD, that's a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, which will be operational in the coming days and able to better defend South Korea against the growing North Korea threat. So if China wants to do something constructive then they ought to focus less, in my opinion, on South Korea's defensive preparations and focus instead more on North Korea's offensive preparations.feedback

Kwon Ki-hwan

People of my generation are more worried about our national security because we know what war is like. I've seen what happens to people during a war with my own eyes, so I support anyone who puts our security first. And that includes deploying Thaad. I would prefer peace through talks, of course, but that's for the politicians to decide. My biggest fear is that one day we will have a second Korean war. It might be sparked by a decision made by the US, but the victims will be Koreans.feedback

Lee Seok-joo

We are worried that we are now a North Korean target. But there is also a strong element of political theatre in all of this. To get the votes they need, the main candidates in the presidential election are pandering to conservative voters – and that means not outwardly opposing Thaad.feedback

Harry Harris

[Thaad] will be operational in the coming days and able to better defend South Korea against the growing North Korean threat.feedback

Cai Jun

The real goal of the United States and South Korea in deploying Thaad is as a move in the game of the United States' global antimissile defense system. This will further tighten the Asia-Pacific antimissile barrier enclosing China and Russia, and will weaken their strategic capacities – something we adamantly oppose.feedback

Park Kwang-on

Moon Jae-in has been consistent in his position on the THAAD deployment: that it must be decided by the next administration after enough public discussion and by national consensus. Any deployment that completely ignores appropriate processes must be suspended now, and the final decision should be made after consultation between South Korea and the US.feedback

Geng Shuang

The deployment of THAAD in South Korea will destroy the strategic balance in the region and bring about a further increase in tensions. The Chinese side strongly urges the US and South Korea to cancel the deployment and withdraw the equipment.feedback

John Delury

There's a sense in Seoul that THAAD deployment has been rushed based on the timetable of South Korea's presidential election, rather than North Korea's threats. To some extent, the acceleration of THAAD deployment has 'worked,' limiting the next South Korean leader's room for maneuver. But there's the danger of a backlash among the South Korean public feeling like a pawn in the game of 'America First.feedback

Kang Hyun-wook

Police let THAAD equipment pass through (protesters) by repressing them. The THAAD deployment is illegal and should be nullified.feedback

Kim Jong-kyung

We will continue our fight and there's still time for THAAD to be actually up and running so we will fight until equipment is withdrawn from the site and ask South Korea's new government to reconsider the plan.feedback

Mike Pence

North Korea would do well not to test his (Trump's) resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region. The era of strategic patience is over. We hoped to achieve this objective (denuclearization on the peninsula) through peaceful means, but all options are on the table. We will continue to deploy the THAAD missile defense system as a defensive measure. The better path will be for China to address the North Korean threat that is making such defensive measures necessary. If China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will.feedback

Andrew Gilholm - Control Risks

Beijing is likely to keep the pressure on until the new government is set up in Seoul and has made its position (on THAAD) clear.feedback

John Pike

Even if THAAD works reasonably well and even if Patriot in Japan works reasonably well, all they (North Korea) have to do is get one warhead through and then what happens. It would not be pretty. There would be a lot of dead people.feedback

Michael Hayden

Frankly, we did that. President Obama did that with the deployment of THAAD. We planted this high-end air defense system in South Korea that has obvious implications for the Chinese because the radar fans go all the way through Manchuria. There are things like that, actions we could take that are logical and useful to defend against this particular kind of threat that we should not forgo merely because it would upset the Chinese.feedback

Zhang Baohui

It is clear that there is no one in China who really knows the technical capability of THAAD and that's part of the problem. THAAD's full capabilities are secret so there is a real knowledge gap among Chinese strategists. If they are misplaced, they are at least genuine in their concern - they have to assume a worst case scenario.feedback

Peng Guangqian

We can also make THAAD useless through electronic interference and feigned military activities, because such activities can interrupt the functioning of the THAAD system.feedback

Wu Qian

We are willing to make joint efforts with the U.S. side ... so as to maintain a stable military-to-military relationship while striving to make new gains. The deployment of the THAAD system will definitely not make (South Korea) any safer. And secondly, the Chinese military's opposition to the THAAD system will definitely not be confined to just words.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's the purpose of this meeting, of that kind of a meeting, to help defuse tensions over North Korea and the recent deployment of a THAAD military battery to South Korea.feedback

Ahn Hee-won

Anti-Korean sentiment is running high in China due to the THAAD issue. Given the local political and economic situation, we asked schools to visit domestic destinations instead of going overseas.feedback

Ji Wonik

But I didn't tell my parents because they might feel terrible, too. I hope the government could quickly come up with diplomatic measures.feedback

Gary Ross

THAAD is a purely defensive system designed to counter short- and medium-range regional ballistic missiles. It will not undermine China's or Russia's strategic deterrent.feedback

Richard Weitz

China has already engaged in one of its most assertive influence campaigns in recent history to prevent the THAAD deployment, encompassing threatening leadership speeches, alarming media commentary, and most recently coercive economic pressure that has included government-sanctioned trade boycotts.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table. If they elevate the threat of their weapons programme to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table. We believe these actions are unnecessary and troubling. We also believe it is not the way for a regional power to help resolve what is a serious threat for everyone. So we hope China will alter its position on punishing South Korea. We hope they will work with us to eliminate the reason THAAD is required.feedback

Daniel Pinkston - The International Crisis Group

If people say THAAD is ineffective but it will antagonize North Korea and China, well, that's contradictory, because if it's ineffective then the first parties that would be celebrating would be North Korea and China, because of the opportunity cost. If the US and Korea just dumped a billion dollars in to something that doesn't work, that's money that didn't go into something that was effective.feedback

Brendan M. Howe

The threat from North does not come from North Korean nukes, it comes from the Soviet-era artillery all along the DMZ (the 250-kilometer de-militarized zone that separates the South from the North). THAAD cannot defend against Soviet-era artillery. Really, it doesn't improve South Korea's security at all. Even if he decides that THAAD has to remain, maybe there is a way he can allay Chinese fears over the radar penetration. It's going to be a very difficult negotiation but I think that is the only way forward.feedback

Moon Jae-in

We should complain about what needs to be complained about and we should make diplomatic efforts to persuade China. It is also not desirable for China to harm our relationship with excessive retaliation. I call on China to immediately stop.feedback

Mark Toner

In addition to Thaad these [drones] are defensive measures that are a response to what we – and by 'we' I mean South Korea, the United States and Japan – view as a real and credible threat to our security.feedback

Wang Hongguang

We will complete our deployment before THAAD begins operations. There is no need to wait for two months [before the election of the next South Korean president]. We already have such equipment in place. We just have to move it to the right spot.feedback

Jonathan Berkshire Miller

Any delay or disruption of THAAD deployment plans would be nonsensical considering Pyongyang's dramatic record of missile development. This situation and doubts within Seoul on how to approach Pyongyang will leave even more fertile ground for North Korea to exploit.feedback

Jaganath Sankaran

The Thaad radar simply cannot cover the entire or even a substantial part of the Chinese mainland.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

I don't think that the Chinese and U.S. have, historically, experienced the kind of tit-for-tat modernization that we saw during the U.S.-Soviet arms race. The Chinese more or less modernized for their own reasons and according to their own ideas. I don't see the deployment of Thaad in South Korea as a significant improvement in the ability of the U.S. to monitor Chinese missile tests.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

We made an agreement with the Republic of Korea that this was a capability that they needed ... This is something that is needed militarily. That agreement was reached and we remain committed to delivering on it.feedback

Geng Shuang

We are all very clear that the crux of the problem between China and South Korea is that South Korea is ignoring China's concerns and is deploying the THAAD antimissile system with the United States.feedback

Lee Chung-min

Despite Moon's inclination to oppose THAAD deployment, he will not undo it at the expense of worsening ties with Trump just as Moon begins his term in office.feedback

Lee Chung-min

If Moon wins the general election, he will emphasize South Korea's alliance with the U.S. and a strong defense posture. But his heart will lie in fostering deeper engagement with the North and negotiating an early summit with Kim Jong Un. While China might expect a U-turn over THAAD if Moon becomes president, it will be extremely difficult for Moon to do that, since THAAD is being placed primarily for the defense of the United States Forces in Korea.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

It's not that [China's objections] are irrational, but it's more about what the deployment symbolizes than the radar's actual capability. It's very controversial, the THAAD system. And whoever comes after Park will have the system in place without the responsibility of having agreed to it.feedback

Nikki Haley

Tell me why we wouldn't do the THAAD in light of 24 ballistic missiles, in light of two nuclear tests, knowing that we're going to protect our allies. We're not going to leave South Korea standing there with the threat of North Korea facing them and not help. The reason for THAAD is because of the actions of North Korea.feedback

John Schilling

This is somewhat exaggerated as a threat, but the full capabilities of the THAAD system are classified so it can't be entirely discounted.feedback

Hong Ik-pyo

They say this is only to defend us from North Korea, but everyone knows this is part of the American missile defense plan. China sees the Thaad deployment in South Korea the way the Americans saw the in the 1960s.feedback

Wang Yi

It's common knowledge that the monitoring and early warning radius of Thaad reaches far beyond the Korean Peninsula and compromises China's strategic security. It's not the way that neighbors should treat each other, and it may very well make South Korea less secure.feedback

Mark Toner

We've been very clear that a decision to deploy THAAD is as a defensive measure, in order to protect not only South Korea, but also our military who is stationed in South Korea.feedback

Geng Shuang

China firmly opposes the United States and (South Korea) in deploying the THAAD anti-missile system in the (South Korea). We will surely take necessary measures to safeguard our own security interests. The United States and the (South Korea) will bear all the consequence arising therefrom. We, once again, strongly urge relevant parties to stop the deployment process and not to go any further down the wrong path.feedback

Geng Shuang

China firmly opposes the deployment of THAAD. We will definitely be taking necessary measures to safeguard our own security interest. All consequences entailed from that will be borne by the U.S. and (South Korea). We once again strongly urge the relevant sides to stop the process of deployment and refrain from going further down that wrong path.feedback

Geng Shuang

I want to emphasize that we firmly oppose the deployment of THAAD. We will resolutely take necessary measures to defend our security interests. All consequences entailed from this will be borne by the U.S. and the Republic of Korea.feedback

Rajiv Biswas - IHS Economics & Country Risk

China's economic measures in response to South Korea's installation of THAAD are having an increasingly significant impact on the South Korean economy. The South Korean economy is highly vulnerable to Chinese economic retaliation as China is its largest export market.feedback

Yang Uk

THAAD installation will not be met with fully open arms but semi-open arms. A majority of South Korean people do understand the need for installing the THAAD and also that it is better sooner than later, but China's trade attack and pressure on South Korean people and businesses is [stopping] many South Koreans from welcoming THAAD.feedback

Yang Uk

The reality is that China is opposed to THAAD deployment not because of South Korea, but because of the U.S., and so if the U.S. works closely with South Korea to alleviate China's pressure against South Korea, more South Koreans will openly support THAAD installation.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

An advantage of the ER Scud over the Rodong is that the ER Scud is much cheaper. So North Korea can presumably build more ER Scuds to overwhelm THAAD.feedback

Michael Elleman

I would be disappointed to learn that four attacking missiles would overwhelm THAAD.feedback

Joshua Pollack

The use of multiple shots, timed ever-more-closely together, appears destined to rehearse saturating a defensive system by presenting it with an overwhelmingly complex radar picture.feedback

Markus Schiller

The number of interceptors is limited, and the number that one THAAD system could handle at once is limited, too. THAAD has fared well in tests, but has not been used in real combat, under real conditions.feedback

Gary Ross

The specific number of threats (THAAD) can engage at once is classified, but we have successfully demonstrated the ability to engage multiple targets.feedback

Joe Bermudez - AllSource Analysis

If all three nations and their assets are integrated – and they can be integrated, there are systems for doing that – then the system has a synergy that is quite remarkable.feedback

Harry Harris

Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday's launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy THAAD to South Korea. We will resolutely honor our alliance commitments to South Korea and stand ready to defend ourselves, the American homeland, and our allies.feedback

Cui Zhiying

The U.S. and South Korea are not dealing with the the THAAD issue very well because they have not fully considered China's security concerns. All parties should cooperate on this issue, instead of U.S. and South Korea getting together to suppress China.feedback

Harry Harris

Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday's launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy Thaad to South Korea.feedback

Harry B. Harris Jr.

Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday's launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy Thaad to South Korea. We will resolutely honor our alliance commitments to South Korea and stand ready to defend ourselves, the American homeland and our allies.feedback

Sean Spicer

The launches are consistent with North Korea's long history of provocative behavior. The United States stand with our allies in the face of this very serious threat. The Trump administration is taking steps to enhance our ability to defend against North Korea's ballistic missiles, such as through the deployment of a THAAD battery to South Korea.feedback

Geng Shuang

There are absolutely no anti-THAAD campaigns in China, still less violent campaigns. Instead of chasing shadows that don't exist, we hope the South Korean side will heed the voice of the people and take concrete actions to avoid causing further damage to bilateral relations.feedback

Wang Yi

China understands South Korea's need to protect its own security, and at the same time South Korea should respect China's reasonable position. What we need is multiple layers of defence ... THAAD is really relevant. We don't pose any threat to China. All parties, at the same time as strictly enforcing (U.N.) Security Council resolutions, should proactively look for break through points to resume negotiations, to break the negative cycle of the nuclear issue on the peninsula.feedback

Lu Kang

On principle, I can say that China welcomes foreign enterprises to invest. At the same time, relevant companies operating in China must abide by laws and regulations.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are taking defensive steps like deploying the highly effective THAAD anti-missile unit to the Republic of Korea to protect its people and our troops that stand with our ally. America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantee remain ironclad: any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Were it not for the provocative behaviour of North Korea, we would have no need for Thaad out here. Thaad should be a worry to no nation other than North Korea. I talked to President Trump and he wanted to make a very clear statement about the priority that we place on this alliance between our two nations, the secretary said. Our new administration inherits a very strong, trusted relationship between our two countries and it's our commitment to make it even stronger especially in the face of the provocations that you face from North Korea.feedback

Florian Kohlbacher

(Chinese retaliation) is happening and will further accelerate. It's not going to have an impact on South Korea's in a sense that they are not going to reconsider the decision to deploy Thaad.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

There is the issue of relations with neighbouring countries. This problem can be solved diplomatically.feedback

Joo Hyung-hwan

We plan to present the relation between China's actions that have been pointed out by our companies and the THAAD deployment during a meeting on Friday regarding the free trade agreement between South Korea and China.feedback

Moon Jae-in

It is inappropriate for the THAAD deployment process to go on under the current political circumstances.feedback

Stephan Haggard

There is certainly a chance that blocking deployment of THAAD will be a long-run objective, or creating conditions under which it would not need to be deployed. But an incoming president and opposition party will need to think about its broader relationship with the U.S. and might be cautious at the outset.feedback

Stephan Haggard

The opposition has long believed that a confrontational stance toward the North is counterproductive, and needs to be balanced with greater engagement.feedback

Geng Shuang

The Chinese side is always positive to people-to-people and cultural exchanges with the Republic of Korea. However, I believe you can all understand that such kind of exchanges should be based on public support. China's steadfast opposition to the deployment of THAAD is well known to all...Relevant parties must have taken note of that.feedback

John Kerry

There should be no doubt that the United States will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves and to honor the security commitments that we have made to allies, including to the Republic of Korea. And we will deploy as soon as possible a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery to our Korean ally.feedback

Cai Jun

The United States' blind development of anti-missile systems that exceed demand and its search for absolute unilateral military superiority inevitably damage global strategic equilibrium and gravely harm major powers' strategic trust. China and Russia are in close communication on next year's exercises.feedback

Geng Shuang

We keep repeating our position that the deployment of the THAAD missile system by the United States and the ROK [Republic of Korea] will not address the concerns of relevant parties, contribute to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, or aid the peace and stability of the Peninsula. The deployment will severely damage regional strategic security interests and harm the regional strategic balance.feedback

Shen Dingli

I think any idea to ask North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons would fail, and any idea to ask South Korea to abandon THAAD would fail.feedback

Park Geun-hye

The deployment of THAAD is an act of self defense. Her priority as president was to "protect the lives of our people from the reckless provocations of the North.feedback

Wang Yi

THAAD is most certainly not a simple technical issue, but an out-and-out strategic one.feedback

Joshua Pollack

In addition to the basic goal of enhancing missile units' readiness to fight, it might be a way of reminding their southern neighbours that the site chosen for a THAAD battery in South Korea is within reach.feedback

Liu Jieyi

At this second all events involved ought to keep away from actions that may additional worsen rigidity on the bottom. China opposes the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system … as a result of such an motion harms the strategic and safety pursuits of China and different nations of the area.feedback

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