February 7, 2016
U.S. Remarks (THAAD Announcement)
(As Delivered: 07 1500 FEB 16/KST)
Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal (Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Korea):
Thank you Deputy Defense Minister Yoo. I want to associate myself with your remarks and once again affirm the United States’ strong support of this important decision.
To repeat, this was an alliance decision recommended by CFC [Combined Forces Command] Commander, General Scaparrotti.
We also have seen growing support, voiced in the ROK [Republic of Korea], on the issue of THAAD [Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense] recently.
To that end, it is time to move forward on this issue and we look forward to close consultation and coordination on THAAD – as well as dealing with the threats to peace and stability posed by the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].
Katchi Kapshida – Kamsahamnida