Korean Catholics Continue Protests Against Anti-Missile System


The Korean Catholic Church is continuing its protests against the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a US-made anti-missile system on the peninsula.

Special protest Masses are being held nationwide while, in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province — an area allocated for missile deployment — parishioners will join a large protest in Seoul.

Father Kwon Oh-gwan, parish priest of Seonnam Church, said nobody would welcome this “out-of-the-blue missile deployment” without any proper explanation.

“We oppose it in favor of peace,” said Father Kwon.

The Korean Catholic Church says it will protest against THADD until the government withdraws the system, which is designed to guard against North Korean attacks. The Korean church said it plans to say Mass in front of the Seongju county office every Saturday from July 30 to Aug. 20.

Opponents of the anti-ballistic missile system say it will only inflame tensions with neighboring North Korea and China.

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