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South Korea election

Yoon's pledge to boost THAAD missile system risks China reprisal

South Korea's president-elect faces choice of getting tough or appeasing Beijing

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has pledged to deploy another THAAD battery in the country. (Source photos by U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Reuters) 

SEOUL -- In Seongju, a farming village a few hours south of Seoul, residents have been protesting since 2017 the hosting of a missile defense system in their community, saying it was deployed without their consent and could make the rural area a target for North Korean missiles.

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